Industry’s first third-party low-power IP available for a foundry 65nm process
CAMBRIDGE, UK – JUNE 6, 2005 – ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)] today announced a collaboration with IBM and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing that makes available the ARM® Artisan® MetroTM low-power platform for the IBM-Chartered 65-nanometre (nm) low-power common process platform. The 65nm agreement leverages the companies’ collaborative development efforts for the IBM-Chartered 90nm common platform and validates their continued commitment to be at the forefront of providing leading-edge design and manufacturing solutions.
"Collaboration on process technology, IP and design methodologies are central themes in IBM’s strategy and key to driving the economics of the semiconductor industry," said Steve Longoria, vice president, Semiconductor Technology Platform for IBM. "The IBM-Chartered cooperation with ARM in the development and deployment of physical IP with sophisticated power management capability for our 65nm platform is yet another example of the execution of this strategy."
"Through strategic collaboration with leading companies in the design community, such as ARM, the common platform is increasingly recognized by semiconductor companies as a lower risk and more cost-effective business model to access advanced process and design technologies," said Kevin Meyer, vice president of worldwide marketing at Chartered. "Optimizing these technologies for world-class manufacturing with an open IP model that facilitates true multi-sourcing is a distinctive and compelling customer benefit of the IBM-Chartered common platform."
The newly available ARM IP products include the Artisan Metro low-power standard cells, I/Os and memories that are optimized for low-power designs. The physical IP products incorporate the combined expertise of IBM, Chartered and ARM in addressing the complexities of power management and design for manufacturability with the industry’s first third-party, low-power IP available today for a foundry 65nm process.
All ARM physical IP products are characterized for timing and power over an extended range of voltages, enabling designers to perform accurate pre-tape out simulation of multi-voltage designs. The IP conforms to the Artisan design standard supporting recent releases of leading EDA tools that simplify power-optimized design and increase design productivity. The suite of products enables advanced power management methodologies by providing library components such as voltage level shifters and power gating cells for use with both memories and standard cell blocks.
"Solving technical problems across company boundaries and offering choices to customers is what fuelled the growth of the foundry model," said Neal Carney, vice president of Marketing, Physical IP, ARM. "This collaboration with Chartered and IBM sends a message to the industry that the economics of the common platform model are alive and well at 65nm."
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 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.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, features and performance of the ARM Artisan products for IBM, Chartered 65-nanometre process and statements regarding the impact or benefit of such products. These statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, technical or other difficulties that affect the performance of such products and market acceptance of such 65-nanometre library products. More information about potential factors that could affect ARM’s business and financial results is included in ARM’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003 including (without limitation) under the captions, "Risk Factors" and "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
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