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Trinity Convergence And ARM Announce Single Chip Solution For VoIP Enabled Soho/Residential Devices

24 May 2004

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., AND CAMBRIDGE, UK - May 24, 2004 - Trinity Convergence Inc., a developer of embedded communications software solutions for developers of VoIP equipment, and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, today announced Trinity's VeriCall Edge™ software platform supported on the ARM926EJ-S™ microprocessor core.

VeriCall Edge technology is a complete and integrated VoIP software platform offering media processing, packet handling, SIP protocol, and audio interface  functionality required to implement VoIP-ready SOHO and residential gateways, analog terminal adapters (ATAs), and multi-mode (mobile cellular/Wi-Fi) handsets. The VeriCall Edge platform enables developers to add VoIP functionality without the need for costly and power-hungry external VoIP ASICs or Digital Signal Processors (DSPs). VeriCall Edge technology uses the available computing power within the ARM926EJ-S microprocessor core with DSP extensions to introduce soft VoIP functionality into the equipment.

"The VeriCall Edge platform and the ARM926EJ-S processor combination is a compelling approach for OEMs to implement the most cost sensitive VoIP SOHO devices," said Mike Inglis,  executive vice president of Marketing at ARM. "Furthermore, the single chip VoIP subsystem solution significantly reduces development cost, design complexity, and time-to-market."

"Developers of VoIP residential gateways, ATAs, and IP phones now have a significant advantage in significantly reducing bill of material costs," said Salim Bhatia, CEO of Trinity Convergence. "Not only does the solution eliminate the need for a costly DSP, but the highly portable nature of the VeriCall Edge platform enables OEMs to leverage the price, power, and performance curves of any semiconductor vendor employing the ARM9E™ core family."

The ARM9E family enables single core solutions for microcontroller, DSP, and Java applications, offering savings in chip area and complexity, power consumption, and time-to-market. The ARM9E family of products are DSP-enhanced 32-bit RISC processors, well suited for applications requiring a mix of DSP and microcontroller performance. The family includes the ARM926EJ-S processor, the ARM946E-S™ processor, the ARM966E-S™ processor, and the newly released ARM968E-S™ processor, optimized for low-cost information and networking applications. They include signal processing extensions to enhance 16-bit fixed point performance using a single-cycle 32 x 16 multiply-accumulate (MAC) unit, and implement the 16-bit Thumb® instruction set giving excellent code density, maximizing savings on system cost. The ARM926EJ-S processor also includes ARM® Jazelle® technology which enables the direct execution of Java bytecodes in hardware.

The VeriCall Edge platform includes the principal VoIP functions with a flexible framework including:  G.711, G.726, G.729 A/B, GSM/AMR, EVRC, and SMV voice coders, voice activity detect, packet loss concealment, acoustic and line echo cancellers, DTMF detect and generate, jitter buffer manager, RTP/RTCP/UDP/IP, and an embedded SIP stack for call control on a single chip solution. The VeriCall Edge platform is written in portable 'C'.  Optimized versions are available for the ARM9E family of products. The initial release of the VeriCall Edge platform will be under embedded Linux. Future releases will support VxWorks®, Symbian OS™, and Microsoft CE .NET™.
 
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.

About Trinity Convergence
Trinity Convergence provides telecom equipment OEMs and semiconductor vendors with comprehensive and open VoIP enabling software. Its VeriCall product line incorporates the intrinsic software elements to develop robust VoIP products from the core of the network to the edge. For more information, visit http://www.trinityconvergence.com.

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VeriCall Edge is a trademark of Trinity Convergence, Inc. All other products or services referenced may be trademarks or service marks of their respective companies or organizations.

ARM, Thumb and Jazelle are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. ARM9E, ARM926EJ-S, ARM946E-S, ARM966E-S and ARM968E-S are trademarks 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 and 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.

For more information, contact:
Alli Blakebrough, Marketing Communications Manager    
Trinity Convergence    
919-433-7004     
ablakebrough@trinityconvergence.com