LOS ANGELES, CA AND CAMBRIDGE, UK – July 23, 2003 – ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, and Innovics Wireless Inc., today announced that Innovics has licensed the ™ microprocessor core. Focused on developing solutions for 2.5G and 3G wireless terminals, Innovics will use the ARM922T core in its range of baseband signal processors which will increase the capacity of wireless network cells by between two and four times.
In existing 2.5G or 3G network cells, there is typically more download data traffic than upload traffic, requiring base station transmitters to work harder and use more power in order to support quality of service demands. Until now, the solution to this problem has been to add more base station cells. Innovics has developed unique Diversity Processing technology that helps alleviate this power and quality of service problem.
"As we move through service generations into the 3G domain, we will see a proliferation of data intensive services which will put huge demands on the networks that carry them," said Tom Willey, president and CEO, Innovics Wireless Inc. "Not only is it important to develop base station technology, it is also the responsibility of wireless terminal developers to play their part. Innovics technology will play a critical role in maintaining and improving quality of service on these networks and the ARM922T core will provide us with an excellent platform around which we can build our leading baseband solutions."
Innovics' technology-enabled wireless terminals utilize two antennas to combine two sets of data signals to get the best possible signal which enables faster processing at the terminal, thus requiring no modifications to the base station or network infrastructure. With its excellent low power and high-performance credentials, the ARM922T core will play an important role in enabling Innovics to continue its development of power and performance sensitive baseband devices.
"The ARM922T microprocessor core is ideally suited to a range of wireless devices including terminal technology," said John Rayfield, VP of US Marketing, ARM. "To date, more than a dozen Partners have licensed the core for use in a range of wireless applications, testament to the core's ability to fulfil the low power and high performance requirements of such solutions. Innovics' use of the ARM922T core in its baseband products will prove a valuable contribution to the roll out of 3G networks."
Innovics will gain access to the ARM922T core via the ARM® Foundry Program. The Foundry Program offers a flexible partnership model that accelerates the time-to-market for ARM core-based designs, and enables companies which do not have access to fabrication facilities to work directly with an approved ARM semiconductor foundry, thus building a three-way Partnership between ARM, an approved silicon foundry, and Innovics.
About Innovics Wireless
Innovics Wireless Inc. is a semiconductor company with strong expertise in wireless communications. Founded in 2000, Innovics is a privately held semiconductor company located in West Los Angeles, California. The company is focused on providing advanced baseband signal processing solutions to the emerging 2.5G and 3G cellular markets. The company supplies integrated circuits and licenses semiconductor intellectual property cores that deliver unprecedented improvements in data transmission to the wireless handset.
Innovics Wireless is committed to providing its customers with a complete solution with enhanced capabilities that enable high-speed data communications under the most demanding of channel and environmental conditions. This is achieved purely at the mobile terminal and does not require any modifications to the base station and infrastructure. The company's patented architecture provides a standard independent platform that can be applied to any one of the existing or emerging 2.5G and 3G cellular systems.
ARM is the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions. The company licenses its high-performance, low-cost, power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals, and system-chip designs to leading international electronics companies. ARM also provides comprehensive support required in developing a complete system. ARM's microprocessor cores are rapidly becoming a volume RISC standard in markets such as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions.