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MStar Licenses ARM Mali GPU Technology for Smart-TV Applications

30 January 2012

ARM® Mali™-400 MP Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) already in mass production with MStar

Cambridge, UK – 30 January 2012 – ARM today announced that MStar, a leading semiconductor supplier for display and digital home solutions, has licensed ARM Mali Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) technology for use in smart-TV applications. Already highly integrated into existing MStar products and deployed in the latest mainstream consumer electronics devices, the Mali-400 MP GPU strengthens MStar's industry-leading smart-TV solutions. This includes support for high performance applications, such as the latest 3D user interfaces and gaming experiences.

The deepening relationship between MStar and ARM aims to drive technology innovation between the two companies and alignment on future product roadmaps. User experience is a particular focus as Mali GPU technology is able to provide high-resolution, anti-aliased image quality.

"As a pioneer in the digital home applications space, MStar aims to work with the best partners and the cutting edge technologies they provide," commented WK Chia, Vice President of Research and Development, MStar. "Our cooperation with ARM is proving successful, with the Mali-400 GPU in mass production as a key component of the MStar smart-TV system-on-chip (SoC). Seamless support from partners, such as ARM, allows MStar to continue to provide customers with best-in-class solutions and further strengthens our leadership position."

"As consumers demand an improved user experience, one of the challenges will be to provide high quality graphics on all screen sizes," said Pete Hutton, general manager of the media processing division, ARM. "Companies, such as MStar are responding to the needs of consumers and the OEMs that supply devices by introducing innovative SoCs based on ARM Mali GPU technology. ARM is proud to be working with MStar as a partner that is driving innovation in consumer markets, such as smart-TVs."

About MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
MStar Semiconductor, Inc. ("MStar") is a world-class leader in Application Specific ICs ("ASIC") with a focus on consumer electronic products and communication applications. Since the inception in 2002, MStar has established a strong brand and leadership position in LCD controller, analog and digital TV, and mobile communication applications by fully leveraging its core expertise of cutting-edge design capabilities, continuous innovation and premier customer-focused services. Headquartered in Taiwan, MStar has a comprehensive global footprint covering over 15 international R&D and customer support centers to provide a full range of total solutions for various consumer electronic applications. MStar went public in 2010 and is listed on Taiwan Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.mstarsemi.com or contact Investor Relations at +886 3 552 6006 Ext. 5888 or investorrelations@mstarsemi.com

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that is 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. Find out more about ARM by following these links:

• ARM website: http://www.arm.com/  
• ARM Connected Community®: http://www.arm.com/community/  
• ARM Mali Developer Center: www.malideveloper.com  
• ARM Blogs: http://blogs.arm.com/  
• ARMFlix on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/armflix  
• ARM on Twitter:

o http://twitter.com/ARMMultimedia  
o http://twitter.com/ARMMobile  
o http://twitter.com/ARMCommunity  
o http://twitter.com/ARMEmbedded  
o http://twitter.com/ARMLowPwr  
o http://twitter.com/ARMTools

ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. Mali is a trademark of ARM Limited All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. “ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM Inc.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Limited.; ARM Taiwan Limited; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Germany GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; ARM Norway, AS and ARM Sweden AB 

Contact Details:

Andy Phillips
ARM
+44 (0) 1223 400930
andy.phillips@arm.com  







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