Progate Group Corporation Joins ARM ATAP Program

21 May 2003

New ATAP partner in Taiwan increases the number of ARM core-based design services available in Asia Pacific region

CAMBRIDGE, UK AND TAIPEI, TAIWAN – May 21, 2003 – ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, and Progate Group Corporation (PGC), a leading design center in Taiwan, today announced that PGC has joined theARM® technology access program, ATAP™. Under this agreement, PGC will offer total design and consultancy capabilities to OEMs and silicon vendors of ARM core-based systems.

PGC brings significant capability to the program by providing experienced system-on-chip (SoC) design services that include physical design as well as testing and production. The company is one of Taiwan's earliest established providers of design services with a sales channel reaching into Japan, Korea, the US and Europe. PGC has worked on more than 800 projects and has a long-standing relationship with TSMC, a major semiconductor foundry, and also an important member of the ARM Foundry Program. PGC joins SOTA, Global Unichip and Faraday as one of ARM's four Taiwanese ATAP Partners, with Synopsys also offering design services in the region.

"The ARM solution has evolved beyond the industry-standard core architecture to encompass the entire design cycle. The ATAP program is an essential element of this complete solution. Through the ARM ATAP program, PGC provides ARM Partners with enormous value by offering both physical design and the management of test and packaging issues," said Philip Lu, president, ARM Taiwan. "This end-to-end service, coupled with PGC's established relationship with one of Taiwan's major foundries, TSMC, presents a compelling solution for developers throughout the Asia Pacific region."

"Joining the ARM ATAP program enables us to offer our turnkey design services around the ARM microprocessor core, a well-recognized industry standard," said Fred Lai, general manager, PGC. "We will be offering ARM core-based services to a wide range of customers locally, and in the US, Japan, and Europe through our own offices and our authorized distributors. We have the in-depth experience to deliver to semiconductor companies professional services from design and manufacturing to packaging and testing that will help them to shorten development time."

About the ATAP Program
ATAP design Partners must go through a strict qualification process to become an ARM Approved Design Centre. This includes a design flow audit, training on implementing designs with ARM cores, tools, AMBA™ interface peripherals and development techniques. Each Design Centre 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 ARM website.

About PGC
Progate Group Corporation was founded in 1991. As the first turnkey service provider of ASIC designs in Taiwan, PGC always exerts its endeavor to provide the focused and quality services to achieve Time-to-Volume. PGC has taped-out successfully more than 800 projects and shipped millions of chips worldwide. In this era of SoC, PGC provides a complete and stable chain of services, including the wafer fabrication, die package and IP integration. As part of this chain of services, PGC has the business relationship with TSMC for more than ten years as a certified member of its Design Center Alliance Program. More information about PGC is available at http://www.pgc.com.tw.

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, handheld computing, multimedia, digital consumer and embedded solutions. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.


ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. ATAP and AMBA 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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