Broadcom Licenses ARM® Cortex™-M3 Processor For Next-Generation Wireless Applications

21 May 2007

ARM Cortex-M3 processor reduces power consumption and size of Broadcom’s future Bluetooth® SoC designs

CAMBRIDGE, UK – May 21, 2007 – ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] today announced that Broadcom Corporation has licensed its ARM® Cortex™-M3 processor to integrate into next-generation wireless and networking solutions. This multiple-use licensing agreement will assist in the development of advanced Broadcom Bluetooth® products. Broadcom’s license of the ARM Cortex-M3 processor for future wireless SoC designs will help deliver a smaller, lower power and more cost effective platform refined to the specific needs of emerging Bluetooth applications and products.

Robert A. Rango, Group Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Wireless Connectivity Group stated:  “The superior code density of the ARM Cortex-M3 processor enables a reduced memory footprint while delivering significant performance advantages over existing designs.” 

The Cortex-M3 processor specifically targets the low cost requirements of a broad range of markets and applications, including wireless applications such as WLAN and Bluetooth, where memory and processor size significantly impact device costs. The Cortex-M3 processor, with multiple technologies to reduce memory use, delivers an ideal platform to accelerate the migration of thousands of applications around the globe from legacy components to 32-bit designs.

“Broadcom has long been an innovator in the wireless space, creating groundbreaking solutions enabling the delivery of innovative content in the home, office and on-the-move,” said Graham Budd, executive vice president and general manager, Processor Division, ARM. “By combining Broadcom’s industry-leading wireless expertise, with the ARM Cortex-M3 processor, Broadcom has the building blocks for a compelling solution, tailored to the specific demands and rigors of the evolving consumer electronics market.”

In addition to substantially reducing memory and power requirements, the Cortex-M3 processor also delivers exceptional processing capability utilizing the recently introduced Thumb®-2 instruction set architecture. This performance, together with enhanced data manipulation instructions and industry-leading interrupt handling makes the processor ideal for a wide array of deeply embedded applications stretching from cost sensitive microcontrollers to complex ASICs.

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