Leading Provider of Consumer Digital, Wireless and Networking Chipsets Aligns Roadmap with ARM Microprocessors
CAMBRIDGE, UK AND IRVINE, CALIF. – July 20, 2004 – ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], and Broadcom Corporation(Nasdaq: BRCM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions enabling broadband communications, announced today a broad agreement to partner in the development of ARM® technology-based products optimized for a wide range of communications applications.
The partnership will enable Broadcom to use ARM technology to further accelerate its leadership position in a number of markets, including next-generation mobile, networking, and wireless devices. The two companies also expect that through the extended partnership, Broadcom’s expertise in broadband and wireless communications will assist ARM in developing better microprocessor solutions for these high-growth markets.
The new agreement includes the ARM7TM, ARM9TM and ARM11TM families of microprocessors and supporting technology, including TrustZone™ technology for data security, Jazelle® technology for Java® acceleration, and hardware support for the ARM Intelligent Energy Manager solution.
Since the companies’ original agreement in February 2002, Broadcom has incorporated ARM7 and ARM9 family microprocessors into its communications chip sets that require very low power yet high performance, including BroadcomÒ GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and Bluetooth™ products. Currently available end products powered by these chips include the Treo™ 600 from palmOne™, Sony Ericsson’s tri-band GC-75/GC-82 GPRS PC card modem, and multimedia GSM/GPRS handsets from Ningbo Bird, China’s largest supplier of cellular phones nationally and abroad.
“We believe that Broadcom can impact the industry in a number of important ways by adding ARM’s most advanced technologies to the portfolio of microprocessor architectures employed in our communications products,” said Alan E. Ross, president and CEO of Broadcom. “Combining our expertise in communications semiconductors with ARM’s high performance microprocessor subsystems enhances Broadcom’s leadership in embedded systems markets.”
“As a leader in digital consumer, wireless and networking communications products, Broadcom is strategically aligned with ARM’s target markets,” said Warren East, CEO of ARM. “There is extensive synergy between Broadcom’s portfolio and the ARM technologies covered under the agreement, and ARM will certainly benefit from a focused collaboration on future generations of processors optimized for these markets.”
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, peripherals, software and tools, combined with the company’s broad Partner community, 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.
Broadcom Corporation is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video and data services. We design, develop and supply complete system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions incorporating digital, analog, radio frequency (RF), microprocessor and digital signal processing (DSP) technologies, as well as related hardware and software system-level applications. Our diverse product portfolio addresses every major broadband communications market and includes solutions for digital cable and satellite set-top boxes; high definition television (HDTV); cable and digital subscriber line (DSL) modems and residential gateways; high-speed transmission and switching for local, metropolitan, wide area and storage networking; home and wireless networking; cellular and terrestrial wireless communications; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateway and telephony systems; broadband network and security processors; and SystemI/O™ server solutions. These technologies and products support our core mission: Connecting everything®.
Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 949-450-8700 or at www.broadcom.com.
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