ARM Artisan Silicon-Verified Serial Link 200 PHY Series Available On Leading 90-Nanometer Processes

15 June 2005

CAMBRIDGE, UK – June 15, 2005 – ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)] today announced the immediate availability of its silicon-verified ARM® Artisan® Velocity Serial Link 200 PHY (physical layer) Series on leading 90-nanometer (nm) process technologies. As part of the new 200 PHY Series, ARM offers four new products to address a broad range of high-speed serial interconnect standards from 1 to 6.4 Gbps including PCI Express, Serial ATA, XAUI, Double XAUI and backplane applications. With the launch of this advanced new architecture designed specifically for today's 90nm process technologies, ARM becomes the first IP provider to offer such a comprehensive combination of 90nm silicon-verified high-speed serial link products based on a scalable platform. For a live look at the new technology, ARM will be demonstrating its 200 PHY Series at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Anaheim, Calif., from June 13-16.

High-speed serial interfaces provide a low-cost, high-performance solution for high-volume desktop, mobile, server, communications platform, workstation and embedded device applications. The benefits are scalable performance via frequency increases and additional lanes, high bandwidth per pin, low overhead and low latency. The pin count reduction afforded by serial links reduces system cost through smaller silicon die size, lower pin count packages and less expensive connectors and cables. Designers of these interfaces will greatly benefit from the ARM 200 PHY Series superior jitter performance, low-power consumption and extensive testability features all in one on the industries smallest footprints. Additionally, the PHYs are available in a wide variety of lane configurations, for both flip chip and wire bond packages.

"High performance PHYs are one of the most technically demanding classes of IP in the market today," said Callan Carpenter, vice president of PHY solutions, ARM. "That is why customer reaction to our silicon has been so positive. ARM’s extensive lab testing and characterization across process, voltage and temperature (PVT) corners has confirmed that the VSL200 PHY Series products meet or exceed every specification we have targeted. ARM VSL210 PCI Express PHY, as an example, passes the stringent jitter tolerance specification with over 30% margin across PVT corners and multiple foundry processes."

The ARM 200 PHY Series includes the following product offerings: the VSL210 PCI Express PHY, VSL220 XAUI/1-3.2Gbps multi-speed general-purpose backplane PHY, VSL230 Double XAUI/1-6.4Gbps multi-speed general-purpose backplane PHY and VSL240 Serial ATA I/II PHY. The design kits for the ARM 200 PHY Series provide comprehensive support for leading EDA tools, detailed data sheets, extensive application notes, silicon lab reports, characterization boards and expert customer support. All products are immediately available on leading 90nm processes. For more information, visit the ARM website at http://www.arm.com.

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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