picoChip and ARM Announce 90nm Next-Generation Wireless Chipsets

20 September 2005

First ARM Powered, single-chip, software-defined solution for advanced WiMAX and WCDMA applications

BATH, UK AND CAMBRIDGE, UK – Sept. 20, 2005 - picoChip and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] today announced that picoChip’s next generation picoArrayTM flexible products for WiMAX and WCDMA infrastructure will incorporate the ARM926EJ-S™ processor, to create the first single-chip, software-defined solution for advanced wireless systems. Combining ARM® processor technology and picoChip’s fully-programmable signal processing array in an advanced 90nm device significantly reduces the cost of WiMAX deployment without compromising the flexibility essential for standards compliance and system performance enhancement.

The new, cost-effective solution will enable carriers to build-out their infrastructure based on the current 802.16d WiMAX standard, and quickly upgrade their equipment to support mobility once the new 802.16e standard is complete. WiMAX implementations are power intensive and currently require increasing numbers of DSP or FPGA devices, with a consequent escalation of costs. With the ARM Powered® picoChip offering, carriers will be able to bring mobile WiMAX services online in the shortest time frame possible. This will enable customers to maximize the benefit from the WiMAX standard with ubiquitous broadband internet access and enhanced mobile multimedia services.

"The picoChip architecture delivers the most cost-effective way of implementing a flexible solution for any wireless system, with significantly better cost and power than legacy multiple combined DSP and FPGA offerings. As we broaden the portfolio of picoArray products, we required a single-chip, cost-optimized 90nm offering for our high-volume customers," said Guillaume d’Eyssautier, CEO and president, picoChip. "To integrate the control and media access controller (MAC) functions, we chose the 90nm synthesizable ARM processor because its area and power efficiency will enable us to continue our price and power leadership."

"The ARM architecture is widely used and respected throughout the WiMAX value chain," said Mike Inglis, EVP, Marketing, ARM. "By incorporating the ARM926EJ-S processor in their next-generation solutions, picoChip is not only providing their customers with a lower cost, Bill of Materials (BOM) solution, but also a standardized software development platform for a fast path to WiMAX certification and productization."


About picoChip
Founded in 2000, picoChip has developed the world’s highest performance DSP tuned for wireless, and is a supplier of complete reference designs for WiMAX and HSDPA. picoChip technology is being used by Intel in its Glenfield system which is sold for use in WiMAX basestations, and Airspan. Airspan has recently won WiMAX contracts from Ericsson, Marconi and Fujitsu. In addition, picoChip has a number of strategic customers and partners for both WiMAX and 3G, including Tier One manufacturers, and is fast becoming the industry standard for next-generation wireless infrastructure. The company recently won a place in this year’s prestigious "Fierce 15", recognising the fifteen most significant private companies in the wireless area. More information on picoChip is available at http://www.picochip.com.

About ARM
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 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.

ARM and Thumb are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. ARM926EJ and ARM926EJ-S are trademarks of ARM Limited. picoArray is a registered trademark of picoChip. 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 Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM Physical IP, Inc. picoArray is a registered trademark of picoChip. "WiMAX-Certified" is a registered trademark of the WiMAX Forum. All other trademarks and servicemarks are the property of their respective owners.

For further information and reader enquiries:

Rupert Baines, picoChip Designs Limited, 2nd Floor Suite, Riverside Buildings,
108 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BG, United Kingdom
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