Philips Semiconductors and ARM Expand Relationship With Long-Term Licensing Agreement

Philips Semiconductors Extends Its Nexperia SoC Roadmap With a Broad

Range of ARM Cores



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Philips Semiconductors

    EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands and CAMBRIDGE, England, April 10 /PRNewswire/
 -- Philips Semiconductors, a division of Royal Philips Electronics
 (NYSE:   PHG; AEX: PHI), and ARM (Nasdaq:   ARMHY; London) the industry's leading
 provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions, today announced
 a five-year agreement which provides Philips Semiconductors' Nexperia Silicon
 Systems Platform customers with access to a comprehensive range of ARM(R)
 cores and supporting technology.
     Philips Semiconductors, via its acquisition of VLSI Technology, was the
 first ARM Partner licensee in 1990 and a long history of joint success exists
 between the two companies. Philips Semiconductors will leverage this new
 agreement to extend its Nexperia Platform system-on-chip (SoC) core roadmap
 into a broad range of applications.  This unique, expanded relationship allows
 Philips Semiconductors to quickly assimilate new ARM core family members,
 providing customers with significant time-to-market advantages.  Philips
 Semiconductors' key new ARM core-based initiatives include leading-edge
 digital audio, Internet appliance, wireless communications, imaging,
 automotive and microcontroller-based applications.
     "The next few years will see ever increasing customer demand for IP that
 can be easily integrated into silicon systems.  Relationships with market
 leaders such as ARM will help drive Philips Semiconductors' industry-leading
 Nexperia SoC power and performance improvements into the future," said Theo
 Claasen, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Philips
 Semiconductors. "Today's long-term, strategic agreement demonstrates both
 companies intent to drive ARM core-based digital solutions into new
 high-volume application markets."
     "ARM's expanded relationship with Philips Semiconductors builds on our
 long history of joint success," said Warren East, chief operating officer,
 ARM. "Philips Semiconductors' expertise in SoC integration and very
 high-volume production will continue the momentum of the ARM architecture into
 broad, leading-edge consumer applications, by offering compelling solutions to
 end customers."
     As a result of this agreement, Philips Semiconductors will now be
 designing the ARM9E(TM), ARM9EJ(TM) and ARM10(TM) family core processors into
 leading-edge consumer designs.  This new agreement also gives access to the
 ARM SecurCore(TM) SC100(TM) core processor, designed for secure and eCommerce
 applications.
     Philips Semiconductors' experience with the ARM architecture spans
 advanced SoC designs and market-leading design tools and expertise gained as a
 result of its acquisition of VLSI Technology.  In a separate announcement
 today, Philips Semiconductors announced its latest Rapid Silicon Prototyping
 (RSP) design platform, Velocity RSP9, which will be available in Q4 2001.  A
 natural extension to the existing Velocity RSP family, Velocity RSP9 platform
 will provide a state of the art SoC design platform for the ARM946(TM)
 architecture.  Currently, Philips Semiconductors is shipping its Velocity
 RSP7+ (ARM7(TM) core-based) platform to a broad range of customers addressing
 multiple mainstream and emerging markets.
     For more information on Philips Semiconductors' Nexperia Silicon Systems
 Platform, visit www.philips.semiconductors.com/nexperia.
 
     About Philips Semiconductors
     Philips Semiconductors, which had annual revenues of approximately
 US$6.3 billion in 2000, designs and manufactures semiconductors and silicon
 systems platforms. Philips Semiconductors is spearheading the emerging field
 of systems on silicon solutions with the innovative Nexperia(TM) platform and
 VLSI Velocity(TM) tool set. The company's Sea-of-IP(TM) design methodology
 allows plug and play intellectual property blocks for easily customizable
 products. The company is a leader in communications, consumer, PC peripherals
 and automotive semiconductors, which are key applications for convergence in
 end-user products. Philips Semiconductors is headquartered in Eindhoven, The
 Netherlands, and has operations throughout the world. For more information:
 www.semiconductors.philips.com.
 
     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-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 the volume RISC standard in such markets as portable
 communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded
 solutions. More information on ARM is available at www.arm.com.
 
     NOTE:  ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. ARM7, ARM9, ARM9EJ,
 ARM946, ARM10, SecurCore and SC100 are trademarks of ARM.  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.
 
 

SOURCE Philips Semiconductors
    EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands and CAMBRIDGE, England, April 10 /PRNewswire/
 -- Philips Semiconductors, a division of Royal Philips Electronics
 (NYSE:   PHG; AEX: PHI), and ARM (Nasdaq:   ARMHY; London) the industry's leading
 provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions, today announced
 a five-year agreement which provides Philips Semiconductors' Nexperia Silicon
 Systems Platform customers with access to a comprehensive range of ARM(R)
 cores and supporting technology.
     Philips Semiconductors, via its acquisition of VLSI Technology, was the
 first ARM Partner licensee in 1990 and a long history of joint success exists
 between the two companies. Philips Semiconductors will leverage this new
 agreement to extend its Nexperia Platform system-on-chip (SoC) core roadmap
 into a broad range of applications.  This unique, expanded relationship allows
 Philips Semiconductors to quickly assimilate new ARM core family members,
 providing customers with significant time-to-market advantages.  Philips
 Semiconductors' key new ARM core-based initiatives include leading-edge
 digital audio, Internet appliance, wireless communications, imaging,
 automotive and microcontroller-based applications.
     "The next few years will see ever increasing customer demand for IP that
 can be easily integrated into silicon systems.  Relationships with market
 leaders such as ARM will help drive Philips Semiconductors' industry-leading
 Nexperia SoC power and performance improvements into the future," said Theo
 Claasen, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Philips
 Semiconductors. "Today's long-term, strategic agreement demonstrates both
 companies intent to drive ARM core-based digital solutions into new
 high-volume application markets."
     "ARM's expanded relationship with Philips Semiconductors builds on our
 long history of joint success," said Warren East, chief operating officer,
 ARM. "Philips Semiconductors' expertise in SoC integration and very
 high-volume production will continue the momentum of the ARM architecture into
 broad, leading-edge consumer applications, by offering compelling solutions to
 end customers."
     As a result of this agreement, Philips Semiconductors will now be
 designing the ARM9E(TM), ARM9EJ(TM) and ARM10(TM) family core processors into
 leading-edge consumer designs.  This new agreement also gives access to the
 ARM SecurCore(TM) SC100(TM) core processor, designed for secure and eCommerce
 applications.
     Philips Semiconductors' experience with the ARM architecture spans
 advanced SoC designs and market-leading design tools and expertise gained as a
 result of its acquisition of VLSI Technology.  In a separate announcement
 today, Philips Semiconductors announced its latest Rapid Silicon Prototyping
 (RSP) design platform, Velocity RSP9, which will be available in Q4 2001.  A
 natural extension to the existing Velocity RSP family, Velocity RSP9 platform
 will provide a state of the art SoC design platform for the ARM946(TM)
 architecture.  Currently, Philips Semiconductors is shipping its Velocity
 RSP7+ (ARM7(TM) core-based) platform to a broad range of customers addressing
 multiple mainstream and emerging markets.
     For more information on Philips Semiconductors' Nexperia Silicon Systems
 Platform, visit www.philips.semiconductors.com/nexperia.
 
     About Philips Semiconductors
     Philips Semiconductors, which had annual revenues of approximately
 US$6.3 billion in 2000, designs and manufactures semiconductors and silicon
 systems platforms. Philips Semiconductors is spearheading the emerging field
 of systems on silicon solutions with the innovative Nexperia(TM) platform and
 VLSI Velocity(TM) tool set. The company's Sea-of-IP(TM) design methodology
 allows plug and play intellectual property blocks for easily customizable
 products. The company is a leader in communications, consumer, PC peripherals
 and automotive semiconductors, which are key applications for convergence in
 end-user products. Philips Semiconductors is headquartered in Eindhoven, The
 Netherlands, and has operations throughout the world. For more information:
 www.semiconductors.philips.com.
 
     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-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 the volume RISC standard in such markets as portable
 communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded
 solutions. More information on ARM is available at www.arm.com.
 
     NOTE:  ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. ARM7, ARM9, ARM9EJ,
 ARM946, ARM10, SecurCore and SC100 are trademarks of ARM.  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.
 
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