CAMBRIDGE, UK and HSIN-CHU, TAIWAN – Dec. 4, 2001 – ARM [(LSE:ARM);(Nasdaq:ARMHY)], the industry’s leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor technology, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) today announced that TSMC is the first semiconductor foundry to license the ARM946E? and the ARM1022E? cores for manufacture through the ARM?Foundry Program. ARM recently expanded the number of microprocessor cores available through its Foundry Program to include the ARM946E and the ARM1022E cores. ARM will provide design kits for these two cores in late 2001, with silicon fabrication beginning at TSMC in early 2002.
By licensing these two cores as part of its Foundry relationship with ARM, TSMC is able to offer designers a new level of choice and support for ARM core-based applications. TSMC will support the ARM946E core on its 0.18-micron and 0.13-micron core logic processes. The ARM1022E core will be supported on TSMC’s 0.13-micron low-voltage process.
The ARM946E and the ARM1022E cores both offer outstanding system performance, combined with industry-leading power efficiency. The ARM1022E core consumes only 0.6mW/MHz including caches, while the ARM946E core uses less than 0.4mW/MHz in TSMC’s 0.13u process.
“TSMC’s licensing of the ARM946E core and the ARM1022E core provides designers of next-generation ICs with a full range of ARM core-based, low-power, high-performance microprocessor options,” said Peyman Kazemkhani, IP program director for TSMC. “This also expands the scope of our association with the ARM Foundry Program, and qualifies the cores for TSMC’s 5-Star IP Alliance program.”
“Expansion of the ARM Foundry Program through TSMC's licensing of the ARM946E core and the ARM1022E core demonstrates the demand for ARM technology through the Program,” said Antonio Viana, director, Foundry Program, ARM. “Our Partnership with TSMC increases access to ARM technology and assures availability of design and manufacturing resources for our Partners. TSMC is helping to provide a critical advantage in applications where lower development costs and quicker time-to-market are important factors of success. With the addition of these cores to the Program and TSMC’s next-generation process technology, the ARM Foundry Program will continue to grow at a strong rate.”
The ARM1022E core implements the ARMv5TE instruction set which includes 16-bit fixed-point DSP instructions to accelerate signal processing algorithms, as well as supporting the ThumbR 16-bit instruction set for high-code density. It is designed for a broad variety of applications ranging from next-generation hand-held devices and digital consumer products, to automotive and industrial control systems. The ARM946E core is ideally suited for wide range of embedded applications including imaging products, networking systems, automotive control and audio and video decoding.
About the ARM Foundry Program
The ARM Foundry Program is an innovative business model that enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in emerging markets to gain access to ARM processor technology for use in the design and manufacture of advanced system-on-chip (SoC) solutions. There are currently 25 Partners in the Foundry Program that was launched in 1999. ARM currently offers the ARM7TDMI? the ARM922T?, the ARM946E and the ARM1022E cores through the Foundry Program.
The Foundry Program offers a flexible partnership model that accelerates the time-to-market for ARM core-based designs and enables OEMs, which do not have access to fabrication facilities, to work directly with an approved ARM semiconductor foundry. Unlike a traditional ARM license, where a licensee gains both manufacturing and design rights, the ARM Foundry Program builds a three-way Partnership between ARM, an approved silicon