Faraday Selects ARM For Next-Generation CPU Designs

01 February 2007

Leading ASIC vendor in Taiwan licenses ARM926EJ-S microprocessor and the ARMv5TEJ instruction set forembedded, networking and multimedia applications

HSINCHU, TAIWAN AND CAMBRIDGE, UK – Feb. 1,2007 - Faraday Technology Corporation (TAIEX: 3035) and ARM [(LSE:ARM)]; (Nasdaq:ARMHY)] today announced that Faraday has licensed the ARM926EJ-S™ microprocessor and the ARMv5TEJ instruction set for its next-generation CPU for embedded, networking and multimedia applications. Headquartered in Taiwan, Faraday is a leading fabless ASIC provider with a proven track record of more than 3,000 successful designs, and nearly 100 million ASICs shipped annually worldwide. The latest agreement expands Faraday’s portfolio of ARM® architecture solutions and services, which helps its customers, ranging from small- and medium-sized startups to large international IC and system design houses, to accelerate time-to-market.

Faraday expects the ARM926EJ-S processor for 0.13um HS and 90nm to be available in Q2 and Q3 respectively. Faraday’s own proprietary implementation of processors with the ARMv5TEJ instruction set, the FA626TE product, will also be available in Q3 2007; other ARMv5TEJ instruction set-based CPUs will be available in 2008 and 2009.

“In recent years, we have seen a significant increase in demand for ARM Powered® designs, as ARM has emerged as the architecture of choice in the embedded world. Most importantly, ARM provides us with the flexibility we need to deliver customized solutions to meet unique customer requirements,” said H.P. Lin, president, at Faraday Technology. “With this agreement, we will continue to develop our CPU solutions and fulfil the market needs.”

As a member of the ARM Connected Community, Faraday currently has more than 700 employees around the world dedicated to providing first-class ASIC and SoC design services, designing and developing IP, and providing consultation on the chip manufacturing process. In addition to providing ARM technology-based design services, Faraday offers a wide range of ARM solutions, such as the ultra-high-speed, low-power FA626 processor and the popular NetComposer (NC-1) structured ASIC platform. Further, Faraday distributes and supports the ARM RealView® Development Suite solution, making it easy for users to develop and optimize ARM microprocessor-based hardware and software designs.

“As one of the largest fabless ASIC companies in Asia, Faraday is an important and influential Partner, using its expertise to utilize ARM technologies for various applications,” said Tudor Brown, chief operating officer, ARM. “Competitive differentiation and time-to-market are more critical than ever, and Faraday is opening new opportunities for innovation and speeding implementation for a broad range of companies throughout the semiconductor design chain.”

About Faraday
Faraday Technology Corporation is a leading silicon IP and fabless ASIC vendor. The company’s broad SIP portfolio includes 32-bit RISC CPUs, DSPs, MPEG4, H.264, PHYs/Controllers for USB 2.0, 10/100 Ethernet, Serial ATA, PCI Express, Cell Library and Memory Compiler. With more than 700 employees and 2006 revenue of US$171 million, Faraday is one of the largest fabless ASIC companies in the Asia-Pacific region, and it also has a significant presence in other world-wide markets. Headquartered in Taiwan, Faraday has service and support offices around the world, including the U.S., Japan, Europe, and China . For more information, please visit: www.faraday-tech.com

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, graphics 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.

About the ARM Connected Community
The ARM Connected Community is a global network of companies aligned to provide a complete solution, from design to manufacture and end use, for products based on the ARM architecture. ARM offers a variety of resources to Community members, including promotional programs and peer-networking opportunities that enable a variety of ARM Partners to come together to provide end-to-end customer solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.arm.com/community.


ARM, ARM Powered, Jazelle and RealView are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. ARM926EJ-S 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 Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM Physical IP, Inc.; and ARM Norway AS.

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