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Toshiba Licences High-Performance ARM Core For Custom SoC Business

02 September 2003

ARM technology facilitates Toshiba's SoC business in high-performance applications including next-generation hand-held and digital consumer products

TOKYO, JAPAN AND CAMBRIDGE, UK - Sept. 2, 2003 – Toshiba Corporation, a world-leading semiconductor manufacturer, and ARM [(LSE:ARM}; Nasdaq: ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, today announced an extension to their strategic partnership with a new licensing agreement. In recognition of the proven strengths of the ARM® architecture, Toshiba has licensed the ARM1026EJ-S™ core for use in enabling innovative system-on-chip (SoC) applications to enhance its portfolio in the next-generation digital product market.

Toshiba has been an ARM Partner since 1998 through previous licensing of the ARM7™ core and ARM9™ core families.

As a provider of diverse SoC solutions, Toshiba promotes a strategy grounded in wide-ranging support for next-generation hand-held, digital consumer products and network communication applications. Licensing the ARM1026EJ-S core will facilitate Toshiba's expansion of its high-performance product portfolio, which targets rapidly expanding high-specification product demand.

The ARM1026EJ-S core is a flexible, high performance, low power CPU which features ARM Jazelle® technology for Java acceleration, dual 32/64-bit configurable AMBA™ AHB interfaces for increased bandwidth, and a single development toolkit for reduced development costs and cycles. The flexibility, high performance and low-power demands of the ARM1026EJ-S core will be key features of the high-performance SoC that Toshiba aims to produce by the second quarter of 2004.

"Toshiba has already achieved considerable success from using the ARM architecture, as ARM technology provides us with the most advanced building blocks available for producing cutting-edge digital devices," said Tooru Masaoka, general manager of the Custom and Telecom. SoC Division at Toshiba's Semiconductor Company. "By adding the ARM10™ family core to our product portfolio, we will be able to deliver a range of solutions that target Internet appliances, home gateways, image processing and PDAs. Demand for these types of products is expanding significantly and the ARM1026EJ-S core will enable us to accelerate the introduction of our next-generation products into these highly demanding markets."

"This licensing agreement demonstrates the calibre of Partners actively producing high-performance products with the ARM10 family cores and the further commitment to ARM technology," said Takio Ishikawa, president, ARM KK. "By licensing the core, Toshiba is broadening its opportunity in the embedded market and demonstrating the strength of the ARM Partnership, which contributes to future growth in the technology sector generally."

About ARM
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-on-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 such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions. More information on ARM is available at www.arm.com.

About Toshiba Corporation
Toshiba Corporation is a leader in the development and manufacture of electronic devices and components, information and communication systems, consumer products and power systems. The company's ability to integrate wide-ranging capabilities, from hardware to software and innovative services, assure its position as an innovator in diverse fields and many businesses. In semiconductors, Toshiba continues to build on its world-class position in NAND flash memories, analog devices and discrete devices and to promote its leadership in the fast growing system-on-chip market. Toshiba has approximately 166,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of over US$47 billion. Visit Toshiba's website at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.

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