ARM Libraries Adopted By IBM, The World’s ASIC Technology Leader

13 June 2005

IBM selects ARM IP libraries as the foundation for its new low power ASIC offering

CAMBRIDGE, UK – June 13, 2005 – ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] today announced at DAC (Design Automation Conference), in Anaheim, California, that its ARM® Artisan® MetroTM low-power standard cell libraries, memory compilers and I/Os have been selected for IBM’s newest 65 nanometer (nm) application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) product offering. Collaborating with a third-party library provider like ARM is in line with IBM's common platform design strategy and an important component of its first comprehensive low-power ASIC offering for the high-volume wireless, mobile and consumer electronic markets.

"ARM welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with IBM and combining the expertise of both companies will result in innovative low-power solutions for current and future leading-edge consumer applications," said Neal Carney, vice president of Marketing, Physical IP, ARM. "ARM’s expertise in low-power design and proven track record of delivering quality physical IP to IBM were critical factors in being selected for IBM’s first comprehensive low-power ASIC offering and we look forward to continuing the collaboration for future offerings."

"By collaborating closely with ARM on the new ASIC offering and leveraging ARM Artisan libraries IBM will be well positioned to service the ASIC needs of the fast-growing consumer marketplace," said Tom Reeves, OEM vice president, Semiconductor Products for IBM Systems & Technology Group.

The agreement between ARM and IBM is an expansion of the companies’ collaborative efforts announced earlier this month where ARM Artisan Metro products are now a part of the 65nm Common Design Platform for foundry customers of both IBM and Chartered. The physical IP product available on IBM’s 65nm low-power process incorporates the combined expertise of IBM and ARM in addressing the complexities of leading-edge technologies, power management and design for manufacturability. This same set of low-power ARM IP is the technology foundation upon which IBM’s new low power ASIC offering (Cu-65LP) is built. The IBM Cu-65LP has been created on proven, industry-standard ARM Artisan physical IP libraries and is coupled with IBM’s ASIC methodology to enable fast design closure and first pass success designs.

IBM has adopted ARM Artisan IP in support of its foundry customers across multiple generations of technology including 180, 130, 90 and 65nm nodes. With this announcement, IBM has extended the use of ARM Artisan IP in to the ASIC side of its business. The Artisan Metro IP at 65nm will support foundry customers on commercial EDA design flows while IBM build its ASIC methodology on top of this common, industry standard IP. This approach to design and industry collaboration provides clear business benefits to IBM and preserves the key value proposition and differentiation of its ASIC offering.

Specifics of the ARM-based IBM ASIC product were detailed today at the 2005 Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Anaheim, CA. For further information, please visit ARM at DAC in the Anaheim Convention Center, booth number 1309, or go online at http://www-1.ibm.com/press/PressServletForm.wss

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 comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, 3D processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products.  Combined with 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.


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