Broadcom and ARM Collaborate To Improve Signal Processing In Embedded Devices

31 October 2005

ARM OptimoDE data engine momentum continues with first use in SoCs

IRVINE, CALIF., AND CAMBRIDGE, UK – Oct. 31, 2005 – Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions enabling broadband communications, and ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], announced today that Broadcom is extending its partnership with ARM by licensing ARM® OptimoDE™ data engine technology. Broadcom will incorporate the ARM embedded signal processing technology into a variety of SoC applications including networking and wireless.

Broadcom will use the OptimoDE architecture to generate data engines—highly optimized signal processors. Because data engines are configurable, VLIW-style processors whose microarchitectures are finely tuned to specific application domains, the resulting processor is very small and extremely power efficient. This meets the needs of lightweight, battery-powered applications.

“OptimoDE technology creates data engines that offer an unprecedented level of flexibility and programmability,” said Ed Frank, VP of Research and Development, Broadcom. “This enables Broadcom to modify existing designs to address evolving product needs in a competitive and fast-changing consumer market, which is a significant benefit to our customers.”

“Momentum is gathering behind the adoption of ARM OptimoDE technology for consumer electronics designed to handle media-rich content,” said Tom Cronk, general manager, Data Engines, ARM. “OptimoDE technology is ideal for these applications, and we look to innovative companies like Broadcom to bring these applications to market.”

About OptimoDE Data Engines
ARM OptimoDE data engine technology is licensable intellectual property with an associated tool environment. OptimoDE technology is a configurable VLIW-styled architecture targeted at high-performance embedded signal processing applications. The tool environment enables the designer to configure and extend the type and number of data path resource units. The size and topology of local storage and the level of interconnect are also fully configurable. OptimoDE data engines are programmed in either C or C++ and are provided with a sophisticated C compiler and profiling analysis tools.

About Broadcom
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.

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 is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. OptimoDE 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; 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.


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