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Philips Licenses PowerVR MBX Graphics Accelerator from ARM For Mobile Applications Processor

29 March 2004

CAMBRIDGE, UK  – Mar. 29, 2004 – ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], the industry’s leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions, announced today at ElectronicaUSA/Embedded Systems Conference, San Francisco, that Philips Semiconductors has licensed the MBX  R-S graphics accelerator core, which is based on the PowerVR MBX 3D graphics solution from Imagination Technologies, for use in Philips’s next-generation mobile applications processor. Philips will pair the MBX R-S core from ARM with a previously licensed ARM926EJ-S™ microprocessor core.

“Our experience in developing applications processors that incorporate ARM® microprocessor cores gave us the confidence to expand that relationship into MBX technology,” said Gert-Jan Kaat, senior vice president of Mobile Communications, Philips Semiconductors. “In addition, our developments in the area of product integration gives us considerable time-to-market advantages.”

“3D graphics is driving the mobile and wireless applications market, and we are committed to empowering our semiconductor Partners with the technology they need to stay ahead of the curve,” said Mike Inglis, EVP Marketing, ARM. “By leveraging the synergy between the PowerVR MBX solution and microprocessor cores for their next-generation mobile applications processors, Philips will have a fast, reliable path to market.”

Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR MBX IP uses the unique PowerVR tile-based rendering solution, which enables a very small die to deliver higher performance and higher image quality with lower power consumption. The MBX R-S graphics accelerator from ARM targets wireless devices that require a programmable resolution of up to QVGA.

About ARM
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 such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com

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ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited ARM926EJ-S 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 [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)]; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; and ARM Belgium N.V.

MBX and PowerVR MBX is licensed to ARM by Imagination Technologies.