ARM ATAP Program Expanded In Europe

04 November 2002

Accent and Telecom Italia Lab join the ATAP program to further bring diversity to European design resources

CAMBRIDGE, UK – Nov. 4, 2002 - ARM, [(LSE:ARM) (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions, today announced that Accent and Telecom Italia Lab, have joined ATAP™, the ARM technology access program, bringing the total number of ATAP Partners to 36, and further strengthening design resources in Italy and the rest of Europe. The addition of these new Partners to the program increases the ATAP program engineering resource to more than 3,350 engineers.

Accent, a design center ranked sixth in Europe according to a report by Future Horizons, brings its unparalleled expertise in silicon implementation and effective design flows to the ARM ATAP program and its Foundry Program Partners.

"This step is a formalization of the existing relationship between Accent and ARM, and recognition of Accent as an ARM approved design center," said David Lewis, ATAP program manager, ARM. "Accent pioneered ARM core-based SoC and IP hardening design in the late 1990s. With its expertise and leadership in the development of ARM core-based SoCs, Accent will provide our Partners with extra design resources, enabling them to bring their products to market quickly."

Accent has a long history of ARM core-based SoC and AMBA® technology-based IP peripheral development. All projects were first-time working systems with different ARM cores. Accent has experience of the full spectrum of ARM deliverables to enable the company to take designs from concept through design to manufacture.

"Joining the ARM ATAP program is the right move to support our company strategy of growing by attracting high-value design services," said Massimo Vanzi, general manger, Accent. "Accent has successfully taped-out a large amount of complex ICs. As an ATAP Partner, Accent's potential customers, small and medium-size OEMs and fabless companies with a SUDL license, can now take advantage of our well established expertise in ARM core-based design for deep sub-micron technology and of our consolidated experience in working with foundries."

Telecom Italia Lab's System-on-Chip (SoC) Division, based in Turin, Italy, supports customers in designing advanced solution for wireline, wireless, networking systems, from system definition to hardware and embedded software implementation.

"In our Labs, we are working to design the next-generation telecom products that can enable innovative services for Telecom Italia," said Luigi Licciardi, vice president, Telecom Italia Labs. "3G systems as well as home gateway and security components require high flexibility, individually tuned to customer requirements. ARM's market penetration in the mobile terminals market, together with our telecom and IP expertise, will be the key factor for the success of our designs."

"Telecom Italia Labs brings to the ATAP Partnership, a valuable system level perspective and expertise in the modeling and implementation of mobile, home gateway and smart card products based on the ARM® architecture," said David Lewis, ATAP program manager, ARM. "Telecom Italia Labs are enabling the acceleration of product development and new services deployment, and their methodology is a perfect fit with the ARM total solution.

About the ATAP Program

There are currently 36 Partners in the ATAP program, with a resource of more than 3,350 engineers available to work on ARM core-based SoC designs. ATAP design Partners must go through a strict qualification process to become an ARM Approved Design Center. This includes a design flow audit, training on implementing designs with ARM cores, tools, AMBA® interface peripherals and development techniques. Each Design Center must demonstrate its own unique skills in specific technology domains, as well as end-market expertise. The ATAP program also provides additional benefits such as geographic and time-zone locality and local language support. For more information on the ATAP program, please email info@arm.com or visit the www.arm.com.

About Accent
Accent Srl is a joint venture incorporated in 1993 between STMicroelectronics (51%) and Cadence Design Systems (49%). Accent is a leading provider of electronic design services and platform-level intellectual property (IP) in the field of multimedia, telecom, automotive applications and low-power general computing. Accent's offerings include System-on-Chip Design, Silicon Implementation, Analog and Mixed Signal Design, and IP Reuse services. Additional information is available at www.accent.it.

About Telecom Italia Lab – System-On-Chip
Telecom Italia Lab (http://www.telecomitalialab.com) is a Telecom Italia Group company founded to promote and achieve innovation, through the identification and development of significant business opportunities offered by the Information and Communication Technology market. System-On-Chip Division represents a worldwide excellence center for research and development of innovative ICT products, systems and services. System-On-Chip provides customers with one stop solution service based on: Application & System Consulting; Field Trial and Testbed Services; wide set of programmable and synthesizable IP cores (VIPlibrary®), system level Virtual Platforms (VIPlatform™); xDSL and IC Cards Performance & Interoperability Testing Services.

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-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. More information on ARM is available at www.arm.com


ARM and AMBA are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. ATAP 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 (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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