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ARM and SMIC Bolster IP Partnership

February 16, 2014

ARM and SMIC, a semiconductor foundry in China, announced an agreement to offer the ARM Artisan physical IP platform for SMIC's 28nm poly SiON (PS) process to provide high-performance, high- density and low-power technologies for SoC designs.

According to a release, under the agreement, ARM will provide a physical IP platform for process technology that supports a range of consumer applications targeting the smartphone, tablet, wireless and digital home markets.

"SMIC is pleased to offer access to the popular ARM Artisan standard cells and next-generation memory compilers," said Dr. Tianshen Tang, senior vice president of SMIC'sDesign Service Center. "Strengthening our collaboration with ARM enables optimized implementation of cost- and power-sensitive SoCs for our customers."

"ARM Artisan standard cells and memory compilers deliver the features, quality and rigorous silicon validation that customers demand to achieve fast time-to-market," said Dipesh Patel, executive vice president and general manager, Physical Design Group, ARM. "Extending our collaboration with SMIC on the 28nm PS process demonstrates ARM's commitment to provide the best SoC implementations at leading foundries."

The company reported that the ARM Artisan physical IP platform for SMIC's 28nm poly SiON (PS) process provides the building blocks to implement a range of performance and area optimized, low-power SoCs designs. ARM's silicon-proven IP platform offers a set of memory compilers, standard cells and logic, and general-purpose interface products that meet the most demanding performance and power requirements for mobile communications and computing.

Additionally, ARM's standard cell libraries and memory compilers incorporate multi-channel and mixed Vt features to enable a wide performance and power spectrum taking advantage of the performance and power range of SMIC's leading-edge poly SiON process. These features ensure that power budgets for performance-critical SoC designs can be met.

ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices.

More information:

www.smics.com.

www.arm.com/ARM

www.arm.com/community

blogs.arm.com/ARMFlix

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