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ARM Licenses ARM1176JZF-S Processor To NEC Electronics

20 February 2006

CAMBRIDGE, UK – Feb. 20, 2006 –ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] today announced that NEC Electronics, a global leader in system LSI solutions, is the latest ARM® Partner to license the ARM1176JZF-S™ processor, CoreSight™ technology and the PrimeCell® Level-2 Cache Controller for integration into advanced mobile devices.  The licensing agreement will enable NEC Electronics to strengthen audio security features for its mobile devices, as well as deliver a system LSI for high-end mobile phones, such as TV phones, requiring video processing capabilities.  Moreover, NEC Electronics will be able to develop SoC without encountering bus bottlenecks as the ARM1176JZF-S processor and Level-2 Cache Controller are compliant with ARM AMBA® 3 AXI™ technology.

The ARM1176JZF-S processor is optimized for 3D graphics through its integrated, floating-point processor, which enables the running of smooth, graphically-rich applications on mobile devices. The processor supports ARM Intelligent Energy Manager (IEM™) technology which, when used with the company’s Artisan® low-power library, can reduce processor energy consumption by up to 60 percent. This enables the ARM1176JZF-S processor to run rich and demanding applications without latency or battery life penalties.

“In applications for mobile devices, LSI solutions with low power consumption enabling longer air time are absolutely critical,” said Masakazu Yamashina, general manager, Mobile Systems Division, Third Systems Operations Unit, NEC Electronics. “The ARM1176JZF-S processor is ideal for users in search of a processor that delivers low power consumption and enables easy development of audio security functionality.  By licensing this technology, we will be able to deliver a solution to mobile handset manufacturers who are looking to deliver products offering these features.”

“The growing demands of consumers, coupled with the continual advancement of mobile applications, has led global leaders like NEC Electronics to seek solutions capable of delivering rich and dynamic performance at low power,” said Takafumi Nishijima, president, ARMKK. “The ARM1176JZF-S processor, which is proving increasingly popular with the wireless community, delivers the power needed to run tomorrow’s applications, while incorporating intuitive peripherals for effective power management and debug. This license agreement demonstrates that next-generation ARM technologies continue to proliferate in the market.”

Using ARM Jazelle® technology, the ARM1176JZF-S processor is optimized for efficient embedded Java execution; essential when running mobile applications. In addition, the ARM PrimeCell Level-2 Cache Controller solution incorporates TrustZone® technology, delivering a portable security solution compatible with different operating systems - the ideal platform for mobile devices such as smartphones. Furthermore, CoreSight technology, which provides a complete debug and trace solution for system-on-chip (SoC) platforms, will enable NEC Electronics to accelerate the time-to-market of complex SoC designs. The ARM1176JZF-S processor is compatible with the RealView® Developer Suite solution, a member of the RealView DEVELOP family of tools, which reduces the time-to-market for embedded electronics designers.

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, 3D processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products.  Combined with the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.

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