March 6, 2012 -- Dialog Semiconductor GmbH has licensed the ARM Cortex-M0 processor for use in future generations of its power-management ICs (PMICs). According to Dialog, this is the first time a standard 32-bit processor has been integrated into a mixed-signal PMIC. The combination delivers superior digital-processing capabilities, enabling Dialog system-level PMICs to provide extensive power-control and precision battery-management functions for portable devices. These PMICs are aimed at high-end multicore application processor-based platforms and deliver industry-leading performance and efficiency, significantly increasing battery life.
"Through partnering with Dialog we have opened a brand new application area for ARM processors in a smartphone or tablet design," said. Tudor Brown, President of ARM. "Dialog is at the forefront of highly integrated power-management systems. I am convinced that the availability of sophisticated ARM processor-based PMICs will make a real impact on the user experience delivered by next-generation devices."