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NationalChip Licenses ARM CPU for Next-generation STB Chipset Designs

10 June 2008

Leading silicon vendor in Chinese DTV and STB market licenses ARM926EJ-S processor
for DTV and consumer electronics applications

CAMBRIDGE, UK – June 10, 2008 – NationalChip and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] today jointly announced that NationalChip has licensed the ARM926EJ-S™ processor for its next-generation DTV and Set Top Box (STB) chipset design for home entertainment and multimedia applications.  

Headquartered in Hangzhou, China, NationalChip is a leading silicon provider for the fast growing Chinese DTV and STB market. This licensing agreement enables NationalChip to introduce a range of ARM Powered® solutions for the high growth DTV and consumer electronics applications such as HDTV, DTV and STB.

The agreement with NationalChip adds to the growing number of ARM® processor-based silicon players that actively participate in the home market, and is an illustration of ARM’s commitment to enabling local silicon suppliers.

“NationalChip is a recognized leader in silicon solutions for the Chinese DTV market. We were recently recognized as a “Top Ten Chinese IC Design Company” by EE Times China,” said Mr. Ming Zhang, Senior Vice President and Board Director, NationalChip. “Moving to the ARM architecture enables us to significantly reduce our time-to-market in the delivery of a range of scalable SoCs for DTV and consumer electronics applications, and extends our leadership in these applications.”

“Our partnership with NationalChip will provide the leading processor platform that delivers the scalability and high performance required for cost-sensitive, digital consumer applications,” said Allen Wu, VP of Sales, ARM China. “ARM China has established a number of licensing partnerships with key Chinese DTV and STB silicon providers, and is looking forward to working with our Partners in the development of next generation SoCs that will help drive China's DTV market forward.”

About NationalChip
Hangzhou NationalChip Science& Technology Co., Ltd. specializes in designing, developing, and marketing of ICs that are used in digital TV and set-top-box systems. NationalChip is a leading DTV and STB silicon solution provider for China market. As a key member in the R&D projects of Chinese Digital TV Standards, NationalChip has over 60 patents filed in digital and analog TV.

Additional information about Alchip is available at http://www.nationalchip.com.

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 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and 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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