ARM Licenses the Latest Multiprocessing Technology to Toshiba
May 22, 2008 -- ARM has entered into a major technology licensing agreement with Toshiba Corp. encompassing the ARM Cortex-A9 processor, the Cortex-R4F processor, NEON SIMD technology, PrimeCell peripherals and CoreSight on-chip trace and debugging technology. This comprehensive adoption of ARM technology by Toshiba, and its Cortex-M3 processor license last year will let Toshiba provide an ARM Powered system-on-chip portfolio across the full performance spectrum.
The Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor is ideal for smartphones, mobile internet devices (MIDs) and consumer electronics whereas the Cortex-R4F processor has been designed for embedded use in hard-disk drives, automotive safety systems, mobile baseband, and printer applications.
"This comprehensive licensing agreement adds strategic strength to our ARM Cortex portfolio," said Yasuo Kawahara, General Manager of System LSI Sales and Marketing Division, Toshiba's Semiconductor Company. "We are now positioned to fully respond to market needs by exploiting the total potential of ARM powered system-on-chip solutions. We expect the agreement to make a major contribution to expanding Toshiba's business."
The Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor is ARM's second-generation MPCore processor capable of delivering 2.50DMIPS/MHz per CPU and has been developed to deliver advanced MPCore technology to a breadth of new application markets. To simplify and broaden the adoption of multicore solutions, the Cortex-A9 processor supports system-level coherence with accelerators and DMA to increase performance and reduce power consumption at the system level. The Cortex-R4F processor is designed for deeply embedded applications and provides the preformance needed to meet the diverse needs of the embedded microprocessor market.
In addition to the Cortex processors, the agreement included other ARM technology including ARM NEON technology that provides advanced SIMD technology for advanced multimedia, gaming and compute intensive applications; ARM CoreSight on-chip debug and trace technology; and ARM PrimeCell peripheral IP including cache controllers, interrupt controllers and DMA controllers.
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