CAMBRIDGE, UK – Jan. 14, 2003 - ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, today announced the strengthening of its ARM® Approved Training Center (ATC) Program with the addition of three new centers in South Korea, Taiwan and China.
Finesse IT Partners Inc., are based in Taipei, Taiwan; Vitals System Inc., are opening a new training facility in Suwon City, South Korea; and Watertek Information Technology have company headquarters in Beijing and training centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China.
This significant expansion of the worldwide Approved Training Center network follows the recent announcement of two centers in Japan and opens the way to better direct support for all engineers designing ARM Powered® products in the Asia Pacific region.
"As more and more engineers are seeking targeted training in their own language, ARM is committed to providing the resource necessary to meet these needs," said Chris Shore, ATC Program manager. "The ARM community in the Asia Pacific region will benefit from the strengths these three companies bring to the program."
Vitals System Inc., are located in Suwon City and specialize in embedded Linux solutions on ARM platforms.
"We have been providing ARM technology design services to major companies in South Korea for some time," said Young Sun Kim, president of Vitals System Inc. "Joining the growing community of ARM training Partners enables us to improve the range of services we can offer our customers in Korea."
With the growing number of ARM technology Partners and ATAP™ Partners in Taiwan, it is clear that demand for training in this region will increase. Finesse IT Partners Inc., are a consultancy and training company based in Taipei and have worked with ARM as a training agent for some time.
"ARM technology is an increasingly important part of our market and we have welcomed this opportunity to join the ARM Training Center program," said Eric Chen, president of Finesse. "We already offer training in many of the application areas in which ARM is becoming more and more prevalent and joining the program enables us to expand the training we can offer to ARM core-based designers in Taiwan."
Watertek Information Technology, based in Beijing, is part of the rapidly growing hi-tech sector in China. Watertek is already a distributor for the ARM RealView™ development tools.
"It is important for us to be able to offer the best possible service to engineers working on ARM core-based designs in China," said Liu Ming, vice president at Watertek. "Partnering with ARM enables us to offer high-quality training to ensure that our customers are able to get their designs completed as efficiently as possible to reduce time-to-market."
Launched in mid-2001, the ARM Training Center program now numbers nine Partners, providing local training in six countries. All these companies work in close collaboration with ARM to ensure that the training they provide is of the highest quality.
About the ARM Training Center Program
The ATC program has been established to satisfy the growing demand for training in ARM technology for ARM semiconductor Partners, OEMs and design centers worldwide. Through the program, ARM recruits and works with a network of approved Partners who are trained, qualified, and equipped with ARM material and software tools, enabling them to provide high-quality, certified training into their own markets and regions.
ARM Training Center program Partners must go through a strict qualification process to become an ARM Approved Training Center. This includes an assessment of their success in the marketplace, intensive training for their teaching staff, and a facilities audit. All ATC Partners are continuously monitored to ensure that the quality of training remains high.
Existing ARM Approved Training Centers include Microconsult GmbH in Munich, Germany; Phoenix Technologies in Tel Aviv, Israel; Multi-Video Designs in Toulouse, France; Yokogawa Digital Computer Corp in Tokyo, Japan; Andor System Support Co in Tokyo, Japan.
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
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