Philips Semiconductors Continues Support Behind Velocity Rapid Silicon Prototyping Development for ARM946(TM) Architecture

A Key Driver of Philips Semiconductors' Silicon Systems Strategy, Velocity's

Evolution Extends ASIC Design Leadership With Enhanced Features

And Capabilities



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

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Philips Semiconductors, a
 division of Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:   PHG), today announced development
 efforts are underway to extend its market leading Velocity Rapid Silicon
 Prototyping (RSP) solutions with ARM946(TM) core support and new features and
 capabilities for the Velocity customer base.  This effort constitutes a core
 initiative in furthering Philips Semiconductors Silicon Systems strategy
 beyond the current Velocity RSP7+ solution based on the ARM7(TM) core.
     In a separate announcement, Philips Semiconductors today announced a major
 expansion of its existing license agreement with ARM, providing
 Philips Semiconductors' customers with access to a comprehensive range of ARM
 cores and supporting technology.
     The Velocity RSP family represents an advanced ASIC development platform
 allowing designers to prototype their designs using fully tested IP blocks
 provided on special prototyping chips.  As a result, hardware and software
 development can start in parallel, greatly shortening time to market for new
 Systems-on-Chip (SoC) designs.  Velocity RSP7+ is a leading platform used by
 imaging, POS, PDA and networking vendors to reduce time to market by reducing
 design cycles by up to 50 percent.  Velocity RSP family development with
 ARM946 support and enhanced features and capabilities will drive Velocity RSP
 into new advanced designs.
     "Velocity is driving the market for rapid silicon prototyping on advanced
 ARM-based designs, empowering customers to leverage Philips Semiconductors'
 Silicon Systems advantages across a range of applications," said Tom Dockery,
 Director of Product Marketing, Computing and ASICs Business Line,
 Philips Semiconductors.  "Velocity RSP9 will give our customers a seamless
 migration path to ARM946, with the same dedication, expertise and support that
 they have enjoyed with RSP7+."
     The Velocity RSP family will continue to be a strategic part of
 Philips Semiconductors' silicon system and ASIC strategy for enabling
 industry-leading integration in the shortest possible time frame.  Velocity
 RSP9 bridges the gap between Velocity RSP7+ and future advances building on
 Philips Semiconductors leadership in reusable IP technology.
     Philips Semiconductors leverages its SoC design solutions, addressing
 emerging industry trends and ever increasing requirements of system
 complexity.  Defining SoC silicon solutions with its communications, digital
 consumer electronics, networking, and ASIC businesses, Philips Semiconductors
 satisfies a wide range of silicon system requirements.
     Velocity RSP9 will be available in Q4 2001.  For more information on
 Philips Semiconductors' Velocity RSP9 system solutions and silicon strategies,
 please visit http://www.philips.semiconductors.com/technology/velocity/.
 
     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 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.
     NOTE:  ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. ARM7 and ARM946 are
 trademarks of ARM.
 
 

SOURCE Philips Semiconductors
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Philips Semiconductors, a
 division of Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:   PHG), today announced development
 efforts are underway to extend its market leading Velocity Rapid Silicon
 Prototyping (RSP) solutions with ARM946(TM) core support and new features and
 capabilities for the Velocity customer base.  This effort constitutes a core
 initiative in furthering Philips Semiconductors Silicon Systems strategy
 beyond the current Velocity RSP7+ solution based on the ARM7(TM) core.
     In a separate announcement, Philips Semiconductors today announced a major
 expansion of its existing license agreement with ARM, providing
 Philips Semiconductors' customers with access to a comprehensive range of ARM
 cores and supporting technology.
     The Velocity RSP family represents an advanced ASIC development platform
 allowing designers to prototype their designs using fully tested IP blocks
 provided on special prototyping chips.  As a result, hardware and software
 development can start in parallel, greatly shortening time to market for new
 Systems-on-Chip (SoC) designs.  Velocity RSP7+ is a leading platform used by
 imaging, POS, PDA and networking vendors to reduce time to market by reducing
 design cycles by up to 50 percent.  Velocity RSP family development with
 ARM946 support and enhanced features and capabilities will drive Velocity RSP
 into new advanced designs.
     "Velocity is driving the market for rapid silicon prototyping on advanced
 ARM-based designs, empowering customers to leverage Philips Semiconductors'
 Silicon Systems advantages across a range of applications," said Tom Dockery,
 Director of Product Marketing, Computing and ASICs Business Line,
 Philips Semiconductors.  "Velocity RSP9 will give our customers a seamless
 migration path to ARM946, with the same dedication, expertise and support that
 they have enjoyed with RSP7+."
     The Velocity RSP family will continue to be a strategic part of
 Philips Semiconductors' silicon system and ASIC strategy for enabling
 industry-leading integration in the shortest possible time frame.  Velocity
 RSP9 bridges the gap between Velocity RSP7+ and future advances building on
 Philips Semiconductors leadership in reusable IP technology.
     Philips Semiconductors leverages its SoC design solutions, addressing
 emerging industry trends and ever increasing requirements of system
 complexity.  Defining SoC silicon solutions with its communications, digital
 consumer electronics, networking, and ASIC businesses, Philips Semiconductors
 satisfies a wide range of silicon system requirements.
     Velocity RSP9 will be available in Q4 2001.  For more information on
 Philips Semiconductors' Velocity RSP9 system solutions and silicon strategies,
 please visit http://www.philips.semiconductors.com/technology/velocity/.
 
     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 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.
     NOTE:  ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. ARM7 and ARM946 are
 trademarks of ARM.
 
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