The Memec Group Companies Offer ARM RealView Development Tools

09 December 2002

Partnership Enables Memec Divisions Impact, Insight, and Unique to support ARM Core-Based Designs

SAN DIEGO, CALIF., AND CAMBRIDGE, UK – Dec. 9, 2002 –The Memec Group, the leading global specialist semiconductor distributor, and ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions, today announced that Memec divisions will offer the ARM® RealView™ family of development tools.

The Memec Group encompasses Impact, Insight and Unique, global distributors with finite line cards that enable superior product knowledge and unparalleled demand creation capabilities. Memec currently offers the RealView tool suite through its Impact division in China and its Unique division in Europe. This new agreement enables Memec Americas divisions of Insight and Unique to also distribute the tools.

With RealView tools added to their portfolio, Memec can provide designers with complete development solutions to create, analyze and integrate systems based on ARM technology. Many Memec supplier products include ARM core-based microprocessor cores, which are rapidly becoming the volume RISC standard in such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer, and embedded solutions.

"This agreement between ARM and Impact, Insight and Unique adds significant strength to ARM's global network of RealView distributors," said Derek Morris, general manager for Development Systems, ARM. "The Memec Group have been chosen because of their high technical ability enabling excellent support for RealView tools for ARM developers. With the inclusion of the RealView family of tools Memec and ARM will be able to provide the best support possible for all users of the ARM architecture."

"Memec provides end-to-end solutions to our customers and development tools are an important part of that solution chain," said Greg Provenzano, president and CEO, Memec Americas. "This partnership with ARM enables us to offer a comprehensive tool portfolio that supports the industry's leading provider of 16-bit/32-bit RISC microprocessors."

Many of Memec's existing OEM customers and partners already use ARM microprocessor technology and by providing comprehensive support for debug and development using RealView tools, Memec will be able to provide designers with complete development solutions to both create and integrate systems based on the ARM architecture.

"Insight's ability to work with Cirrus Logic customers designing ARM Powered® products, and the addition of RealView development tools to their portfolio, will only strengthen their ability to provide advanced ARM core-based solutions," said Terry Leeder, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Cirrus Logic, Inc. "As we continue to move into consumer markets with ARM core-based processors for portable audio and other applications, technology expertise from Insight will become more and more a key part of our solution for Cirrus customers."

"Oki Semiconductor, a supplier partner with Unique Memec and licensee of ARM core technology, applauds the decision by ARM to appoint Unique Memec to represent the ARM RealView suite of development tools," said Michael Brown, vice president of sales, Oki Semiconductor. "Unique's limited line card and emphasis on design creation, makes them a valuable asset in driving and supporting ARM core-based designs."

About the ARM RealView Development Solution
RealView tools provide designers with the best solution for creating and analyzing systems based on ARM technology. They are designed and used by the same engineers who create the ARM architecture. ARM tools are exposed to the highest level of pre- and post-silicon evaluation and development. As a result, the ARM RealView development solution provides the broadest possible range of support for future ARM architectures and derivatives. ARM RealView tools are fully integrated and provide a complete solution to any design or SoC integration challenge, giving the developer higher confidence in first silicon and a faster time-to-market.

The complete ARM RealView development solution includes:

  • RealView compilation tools including a C and C++ compiler, assembler and linker – now available as a stand-alone package
  • RealView debug solution, made up of the RealView Debugger™ product, RealViewICE™ emulator and RealView Trace™ module
  • Boards and platforms including the industry-proven Integrator™ family

About The Memec Group
The Memec Group encompasses three specialist semiconductor distribution companies, Impact, Insight and Unique. Each company focuses on a finite number of supplier partners, thus enabling superior product knowledge and unparalleled demand creation capabilities. Although Memec companies operate independently, they all rely on Memec United, the global logistics and EMS services division, and Memec Design, the design and engineering division, to offer original equipment manufacturers complete semiconductor solutions. Located throughout 42 countries, The Memec Group companies collectively represent over 200 developers and manufacturers of advanced semiconductors and intellectual property. With recent start-ups and acquisitions in Japan and Eastern Europe, Memec continues to expand its presence to emerging key areas of the global semiconductor market. Go to www.memec.com for more information.

About ARM
ARM is the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions. The company licenses its high-performance, low-cost, power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals and system-on-chip designs to leading international electronics companies. ARM also provides comprehensive support required in developing a complete system. ARM's microprocessor cores are rapidly becoming a volume RISC standard in such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions.



ARM and ARM Powered are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. RealView, RealView Debugger, RealViewICE, RealView Trace and Integrator are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. "ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM and Nasdaq: ARMHY); its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; and ARM China.


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