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04 November 2004

One of world's largest printing companies develops evaluation version of Java Card OS with multi-tasking capabilities using ARM secure technology
TOKYO, JAPAN AND CAMBRIDGE, UK - Nov. 4, 2004 -Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd. (DNP), one of the world's largest printing companies, and ARM [(LSE: ARM) (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], today announced that DNP has developed a evaluation version of a Java Card™ OS based on the ARM® SecurCore™ SC200™ processor. Embedded with a multi-tasking kernel, DNP's Java Card OS can run real-time multiple applications, on a priority basis, with maximum security.  The Java Card OS can be developed as an embedded security device for server, multimedia mobile phones, and the sample product will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2005. 

Historically, the Java Card OS could not run multiple applications in parallel, but real-time business will be mainstream in the future and it will be essential that Java Card technology enables parallel processing of numerous applications. DNP's Java Card OS uses ARM technology to address this growing need.

"The  processor was critical to delivering a high-performance Java Card™OS to the market," said Ichiro Doi, senior general manager of DNP's smart card division.  "Because the SC200 processor has been optimized for Java Card technology, processing is fast and power consumption is minimal.  In addition, ARM's extensive development resources have enabled us to reduce development time.  These benefits, combined with our embedding of the multi-task kernel, have enabled us to expand the Java Card OS technology's functionality and provide a solution to customers that can process security services in real-time."

"The ARM SecurCore family is gaining market share as the secure industry moves to 32-bit processing," said Hiroyuki Uchimura, managing director, ARM K.K.  "ARM will continue to benefit from this trend by offering secure, high performance, low power consumption solutions for the Java Card platform using ARM Jazelle® technology."

Key benefits of DNP's Java Card OS include:

  • A task scheduler that enables usage of applications on a priority basis
  • A time-sharing feature that enables access to applications while others are in use
  • Java Card technology that enables users to deploy their own security applications
  • The ARM SC200 processor that enables rapid switching of tasks
  • ARM Jazelle technology that speeds up JavaTM applications

About Dai Nippon Printing
Dai Nippon Printing has used the power of the press to become one of the world's top commercial printing companies. At its 33 Japanese and eight overseas plants, Dai Nippon produces promotional materials, direct mail pieces, books, magazines, business forms, CD-ROMs, catalogs, smart cards, and packaging for consumer products. It also offers electronics, including photomasks used in the manufacture of integrated circuits (ICs) and color filters for liquid crystal displays, as well as artificial wood panels for walls, floors, and kitchen cabinets.

About ARM
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 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, peripherals, software and tools, combined with the company's broad Partner community, 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.


ARM and Jazelle are registered trademarks of ARM Limited.  SecurCore and SC200 are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other trade names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. "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; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co.Ltd.; and ARM Belgium N.V.

Java, and all Java-based trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.


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