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Chip Industry’s Top Manufacturers License ARM Debug And Trace Technology

24 April 2006

ARM CoreSight Design Kits are available for complete mobile, automotive and consumer system-on-chip designs

CAMBRIDGE, UK – April 24, 2006 - ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)] today announced that more than ten industry-leading semiconductor companies including Broadcom Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics and Samsung are integrating ARM® CoreSight™ debug and trace capabilities into their future chip designs. Developed as the most comprehensive debug and trace IP solution for complete system-on-chip (SoC) designs, CoreSight technology provides system-wide visibility through the smallest port, significantly reducing time-to-market for developers of complex mobile, automotive and consumer devices and applications.

CoreSight Design Kits have been created to meet the needs of embedded developers and silicon manufacturers, providing wide system visibility with minimal overhead to reduce processor costs. The CoreSight technology builds on the ARM Embedded Trace Macrocell™ (ETM) real-time trace module, which is capable of instruction and data tracing inside a core and adds a wider range of functionality and systems including the tracing of multiple ARM processors, third party cores, complex peripherals and buses.

“The flexibility of the CoreSight technology enables us to provide a cost-effective high-performance debug solution with a number of advanced features including multi-source tracing,” said John Lenell, engineering director, Broadcom Corporation. “With CoreSight technology we can offer a comprehensive debug solution supported by industry standard tools enabling our customers to reduce product development time."

“The CoreSight technology allows us to provide our customers with comprehensive debug and trace capabilities for both ARM and our own DSP cores within complex multi-core SoCs,” said Marc Corthout, general manager, Chief Technology Office Design IP Group, Philips Semiconductors. “The visibility provided by CoreSight helps us and our customers to get higher quality products to market quicker.”

CoreSight Design Kits include the ability to debug and trace multiple, heterogeneous cores and the ability to examine hidden system buses. New CoreSight ETMs with higher data compression can also support higher operating frequency cores. CoreSight technology, together with the ARM RealView® Development Suite of tools, provides developers with a standard, integrated tool interface solution from a single supplier. Features recently added to the CoreSight Design Kits include:  Serial Wire Debug, a minimal 2-pin debug connection; and Serial Wire Viewer, a single pin output port for instrumentation trace, to further save valuable chip, package and printed circuit board (PCB) real estate.

“Chips containing our CoreSight technology offer software developers much more visibility to debug their product, which directly helps our Partners maintain their competitive edge and meet demanding time-to-market requirements,” said William Orme, Debug and Trace IP product manager, ARM. “As with our ETM technology, CoreSight technology sets the standard for SoC debug around which semiconductors manufacturers and tools vendors can achieve true interoperability.”

Availability
CoreSight Design Kits for the ARM9E™ARM11™ and Cortex™ families of processors are available today.

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from mobile, home and enterprise solutions to embedded and emerging applications. 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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