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ARM Acquires Prolific, Inc

01 November 2011

Enhancing Physical IP Library Development for Advanced Process Nodes

CAMBRIDGE, UK, Nov 1, 2011-- ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMH)] today announced that it has acquired Prolific, Inc., which develops  leading-edge IC design optimization software tools that significantly reduce development time and improve the performance of cell-based designs.  Prolific is a privately-owned company based in Newark, California.

The increasing complexity of 20nm and below process technologies is driving the need for automated layout optimization solutions. This acquisition augments ARM's strategy to provide innovative physical IP products that will enable the ARM partnership to continue to lead in the implementation of highly integrated, low-power system-on-chip solutions.

“We have been successfully collaborating with Prolific for a number of years,” said Simon Segars, EVP and GM, Physical IP Division, ARM.  "The technology and expertise that will come with this acquisition will expand our capabilities to accelerate ecosystem adoption of advanced process nodes at 20nm and below.”

"Prolific has a long history of improving the efficiency of complex physical design process flows," said Paul de Dood, President and Founder of Prolific, Inc. "The ARM partnership will benefit from faster time to market for advanced node solutions through the addition of Prolific’s leading-edge optimization tools, which enable optimum power, performance and area with accelerated development timelines.”

The Prolific team will become part of the ARM Physical IP team based in San Jose, CA.

About Prolific, Inc.
Prolific, a privately owned company, has provided leading-edge IC design optimization software tools since 1995.

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, video engines, 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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Contacts:

Andy Phillips
ARM
+44 1223 400930
andy.phillips@arm.com