CAMBRIDGE, UK – Dec. 11, 2002 –ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor technology, today announced that Anam Semiconductor and Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., have joined the ARM® Foundry Program. As part of their membership in the Program, Anam has licensed the microprocessor core and Silterra has licensed the microprocessor core.
Anam, based in Korea, and Silterra, based in Malaysia, are the first two foundries in their respective countries to join the ARM Foundry Program, thereby extending local ARM support in the Asia Pacific region. Anam and Silterra join existing ARM Foundry Partners TSMC, UMC, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, Tower Semiconductor and AMI, as members in the Program, bringing the total number of Program members to seven.
"A growing number of semiconductor developers are looking to gain access to ARM technology in the most cost-effective and flexible manner possible," said Kevin Smith, Foundry Program Licensing manager, ARM. "Anam and Silterra offer these companies a flexible route to fabrication of ARM core-based SoC's through the ARM Foundry Program."
"In today's competitive environment, many customers are looking for more choices and greater flexibility for the design and manufacture of their products," said Victor Kwong, vice president of Design Solutions, Silterra. "As a member of the ARM Foundry Program, Silterra is able to offer the ARM processor core as the cornerstone of our Design Solutions initiative."
"Faster time to market is now a critical issue for many semiconductor design companies and to fulfil this requires partnerships to bring all necessary expertise under one roof," said, HeungJun Park, director of Design Services, Anam. "By working with the world leader in low-power 32-bit RISC microprocessor cores, we are able to offer leading technology and manufacturing facilities to our customers and together, help them get their products to market as smoothly as possible."
Cores from the respective foundries will be available at the end of Q4 2002.
About the ARM Foundry Program
The ARM Foundry Program is an innovative business model that enables fabless semiconductor companies in emerging markets to gain access to ARM processor technology for use in the design and manufacture of advanced system-on-chip (SoC) solutions. There are currently 49 Partners in the Foundry Program, which was launched in 2000. ARM now offers the ARM7TDMI core, the ARM922T core, the ARM946E™ core and the ARM1022E™ core through the Program.
The Foundry Program offers a flexible partnership model that accelerates the time-to-market for ARM core-based designs and enables OEMs, which do not have access to fabrication facilities, to work directly with an approved ARM semiconductor foundry. Unlike a traditional ARM license, where a licensee gains both manufacturing and design rights, the ARM Foundry Program builds a three-way Partnership between ARM, an approved silicon foundry, and an OEM.
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-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 markets such as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions.
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