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ARCA Licenses ARM926EJ-S Processor For Consumer Electronics SOC Development

25 September 2006

ARCA will benefit from the widely supported ARM architecture to design feature-rich consumer solutions with complex software requirements for reduced time-to-market

CAMBRIDGE, UK – September 25, 2006 – ARM [(LSE:ARM); (NASDAQ:ARMHY)] today announced that ARCA Technology Corporation (“ARCA”), one of the leading Chinese fabless design companies, has licensed the ARM926EJ-STM  processor. This licensing agreement will enable ARCA to benefit from leading ARM® processor technology, as well as the ARM architecture’s established ecosystem, to accelerate the design of advanced SoC solutions with improved features for the consumer electronics market.

As consumers increasingly expect advanced features on modern consumer devices such as smart phones, MP3/MP4 players, PMPs and eBooks, the complexity of the software for consumer SoC design has grown significantly. To address this software development challenge, ARM not only provides technologies that enhance the processing performance but has also established a comprehensive ecosystem whereby its Partners can easily access all resources, tools and support essential to maintain and increase design efficiency.

“The growing demands of consumers has led the drive to develop SoC solutions that truly make a difference in terms of rich and dynamic performance, while speeding the design cycle and reducing risks,” said Dr. De-Lei Lee, CEO of ARCA. “By licensing the ARM926EJ-S processor, ARCA is able to incorporate our SoC design expertise with ARM’s leading technology to add more features into our SoC solutions for the consumer market, while also availing ourselves of the valuable resources provided by the ARM ecosystem.”

“The consumer electronics world is evolving rapidly as systems become more sophisticated and software workload increases significantly,” said Dr. Jun Tan, president of ARM China. “This licensing agreement not only empowers ARCA to fully utilize leading ARM technology for the diverse consumer market but is also an endorsement of ARM’s continuing commitment to work closely with our Partners and other third-party companies in China and throughout the world, to help leading fabless companies tackle SoC software development challenges.”

About the ARM926EJ-S processor
The ARM926EJ-S macrocell is fully synthesizable, and features a Jazelle® technology-enhanced 32-bit RISC CPU, flexible size instruction and data caches, tightly coupled memory (TCM) interfaces and memory management unit (MMU). It also provides separate instruction and data AMBA® bus compliant AHB™ interfaces, particularly suitable for Multi-layer AHB technology-based systems. The ARM926EJ-S processor implements the ARMv5TEJ instruction set and includes an enhanced 16- x 32-bit multiplier, capable of single cycle MAC operations. It also supports all major operating systems and existing middleware.

Availability
ARCA’s ARM926EJ-S processor-based SoC solutions are available now.


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, 3D 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.

ENDS

ARM, Jazelle and AMBA are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. ARM926EJ-S is a  trademark of ARM Limited. Artisan Components and Artisan are registered trademarks of ARM Physical IP, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ARM. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. “ARM” is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; 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.; ARM Belgium N.V.; AXYS Design Automation Inc.; AXYS GmbH; ARM Embedded Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM Physical IP, Inc.; and ARM Norway AS.


Contact Details:
ARM PRESS OFFICE: +44 208 846 0797

Christine Brown
Text 100
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Michelle Spencer
ARM
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michelle.spencer@arm.com
Claudia Natalia
ARM
+1 408 548 3172
Claudia.natalia@arm.com




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