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Beijing Microelectronics Technology Institute Licenses ARM922T Processor For Advanced SoC Research

09 July 2007

Beijing Microelectronics Technology Institute (BMTI), a high-tech research institute sponsored by the Chinese government, and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] today announced that BMTI has licensed the ARM922T™ processor through the ARM® Academic Licensing Program. With this agreement, BMTI will be able to leverage the ARM architecture and benefit from the well-established ARM ecosystem in China for its advanced SoC research.

The ARM Academic Licensing Program is an innovative program that enables Chinese research institutes to access leading ARM technologies for R&D purposes at a very low cost. The institute will benefit from the numerous tools, software and applications suppliers available within the well-established ARM ecosystem in China, as well as the strong base of system designers well-trained in ARM Powered® SoC design.

“ARM is the most popular SoC architecture in the embedded world. The ARM922T processor features the 16-bit Thumb® instruction set and MMU, making it an ideal choice for our advanced SoC research,” said Xuan-Min Hou, vice president, BMTI. “Local third-party support from the ARM ecosystem will enable us to develop ARM technology-based SoC designs at reduced cost and risk. The availability of the ARM922T processor via the ARM Foundry Program also brings our potential customers the advantage of working directly with an ARM approved semiconductor foundry.”

“ARM is committed to supporting the ARM Academic Licensing Program to help Chinese research institutions develop innovative new SoC designs,” said Dr. Jun Tan, president, ARM China. “We firmly believe that our efforts in building a comprehensive ecosystem are critical to helping R&D organizations deploy ARM technology more effectively and achieve faster design cycles. Furthermore, ARM will continue to work closely with the academic community to cultivate students’ capabilities in ARM Powered system design, which are also crucial to the future prosperity of China’s IC design industry.”

About BMTI
Founded in 1994, Beijing Microelectronics Technology Institute (BMTI) is a high-technology institute sponsored by the Chinese government. It is engaged in LSI and VLSI IC design, test, packaging, reliability filtering assessment, failure analysis and product sales. With more than 180 staff, BMTI has already undertaken several system IC R&D projects at 0.18µm and above, and accomplished more than 20 key milestones. BMTI has been mass-producing nearly 100 products. BMTI will continue to offer its customers comprehensive chip technology solutions with a superior cost-performance ratio. More information on BMTI is available at http://www.bmti.com.cn

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from mobile, home and enterprise solutions to embedded and emerging applications. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, graphics 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.

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