Hynix Semiconductor Licenses ARM SC100 Microprocessor Core

09 June 2003

ARM SecurCore technology now the most widely adopted 32-bit RISC architecture for smart cards

CAMBRIDGE, UK and SEOUL, KOREA – June 9, 2003 – ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, and Hynix Semiconductor, today announced that Hynix has licensed the ARM® SecurCore™ SC100™ microprocessor core. Hynix will utilize the ARM technology for the advancement of its smart card and security solutions.

Hynix is one of the growing producers of smart card ICs with a number of end applications including SIM cards for GSM phones, banking cards and Mass Transit contactless cards. The licensing of the SC100 microprocessor core by Hynix confirms the position of the ARM SecurCore technology as the industry's most widely adopted 32-bit RISC architecture for smart cards.

"As the need for secure applications in the Asia Pacific region expands, we see a growing need for smart card chips in applications such as mobile communication, banking, transportation and government ID. This market will devour increasing numbers of ICs," said Jay Chae, vice president of MCU business, Hynix. "For this reason, we chose to licence the industry's leading secure microprocessor solution, the SecurCore SC100 core from ARM, so that we could provide our customers with ICs that deliver the best security features, including fast cryptographic acceleration and best-in-class Java Card™ support."

"Hynix's licensing of the SecurCore SC100 core demonstrates that ARM's industry-proven microprocessor technology is helping drive the industry forward in the development of secure ICs," said Bruce Beckloff, director, Marketing, ARM. "The combination of our SecurCore technology and Hynix's high volume manufacturing capability will be a powerful proposition for the emerging Asia Pacific market for secure ICs."

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

About Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
Hynix Semiconductor Inc., with its principal place of business in Ichon, Korea, is an industry leader in the development, sales, marketing and distribution of high-quality semiconductors including DRAM, SRAM, Flash memory and System IC products. Hynix is one of world's largest DRAM suppliers with twelve semiconductor manufacturing facilities worldwide. In addition, Hynix is aggressively expanding its System IC business in the product areas of MCU, CMOS Image Sensor, and LCD Driver IC. Hynix System IC also provides foundry service to industry leading semiconductor companies. More information is available from the web site at at http://www.hynix.com/ .


ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. SecurCore and SC100 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 Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.


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