Media Alert: ARM Cortex-M3 Processor Momentum Grows

30 March 2009

Licensees, devices shipping, ecosystem support, all growing

WHAT: ARM revealed today at the Embedded Systems Conference, San Jose that the number of licensees for its Cortex-M3 processor had reached 28, including six of the top 10 worldwide semiconductor companies*. The most recent licensee is Accent, a leading fabless ASIC provider offering highly differentiated design and turnkey services for state-of-the-art SoC silicon solutions.
Previous Cortex-M3 processor licensees include Actel, Atmel, Broadcom, Energy Micro, Luminary Micro, NXP Semiconductors, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Toshiba and Zilog.

Cortex-M3 processor-based microcontrollers (MCU) are available today in many different product families from an increasing number of chip vendors including Luminary Micro, NXP Semiconductors, STMicroelectronics and Toshiba. In total there are now almost 250 Cortex-M3 processor-based MCUs available running at up to 100MHz. These devices contributed to an increase in ARM processor-based MCUs shipped during 2008 of more than 95% to 255million units.   ARM expects many of its other Cortex-M3 licensees to have devices available during 2009, in a broad range of markets and applications including automotive, MP3, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, motor control and industrial microcontrollers.

In line with the growing number of licensees, the ecosystem of tools, middleware and RTOS vendors supporting the Cortex-M3 has also expanded dramatically. IAR, SEGGER, Keil and Code Red have all recently announced enhanced or extended support for developers using the Cortex-M3 processor.

The ARM Cortex-M3 processor was specifically developed to provide a high-performance, low-cost platform for a broad range of applications.  From the lowest cost version (at US$1) with basic functions, to devices with a large number of peripherals and a lot more memory, or from devices that are targeted at industrial applications, to products that are focused on consumer electronics.

Monday, March 30 – Thursday, April 2, 2009

Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley, McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, Calif., USA        

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 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and 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/.

* Gartner - Market Share Analysis - Preliminary Total Semiconductor Revenue, Worldwide 2008


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Michelle Spencer
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Alan Tringham
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