Dongbu Electronics and ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)] announced a license agreement that extends the availability of ARM(R) low-power and speed-and-density products, part of the ARM Artisan(R) physical IP family, to designers developing chips using Dongbu’s CMOS process at the 130-nanometer (nm) node. The ARM physical IP portfolio is ideally suited to support system-on-chip (SoC) designs targeting mobile handset and portable consumer applications, and will be offered to Dongbu’s foundry customers at no charge via the ARM website.
“Dongbu, a member of the ARM Connected Community, continues to demonstrate a solid commitment to provide quality design support solutions to meet the special requirements of fabless semiconductor companies,” said Brent Dichter, general manager, Physical IP, ARM. “Furthering our relationship with Dongbu offers design engineers a migration path to Dongbu’s 130nm process with ARM technology-optimized physical IP that addresses critical power requirements for SoC designs.”
The ARM physical IP portfolio includes its Metro(TM) and SAGE-X(TM) standard cell libraries and multiple speed-and-density optimized memory compilers. The Metro standard cell library includes power-management kits that enable dynamic and leakage power saving techniques such as clock gating, multi-voltage islands and power gating.
“As a ‘Specialty Solution Partner,’ we are committed to providing comprehensive foundry services and best-in-class design support for chips designed for battery-operated applications,” said Dr. Jae Song, executive vice president of Dongbu. “Expanding our use of the ARM physical IP at the 130nm node is a key part of our strategy to yield more chips per wafer while boosting our price competitiveness in this segment.” He noted that Dongbu will begin fitting the ARM 130nm IP to its process in February 2007 with the goal of making it available for use by Dongbu customers during the third quarter of 2007.
The ARM physical IP also includes ARM’s extensive set of views and models providing integration with many of the industry’s leading electronic design automation (EDA) tools. These views provide functional, timing and power information for the Metro products over a wide range of operating conditions, thus enabling designers to implement complex power-management systems that actively control dynamic and leakage power within their SoC.
Availability of ARM Physical IP
ARM Metro and speed and density optimized IP preliminary ‘Front End’ design views and complete views are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2007 for licensed customers to download via the ARM website at no charge.
About Dongbu Electronics
Dongbu Electronics provides world-class CMOS processing for system-on-chip solutions that integrate advanced logic, analog, and mixed-signal technologies. As a “Specialty Solution Partner” in high-growth markets, such as those represented by mobile handsets and flat-panel displays, Dongbu adds high value with specialized processing for CMOS Image Sensor (CIS), High Voltage, Embedded Flash, and LCD Driver IC (LDI) functions. Dongbu’s collaborate-and-thrive approach is evident across the entire manufacturing spectrum including prototype development/verification, packaging/module development, complete turnkey solutions, and accelerating time to volume production. The company’s stock is publicly traded under 001830 on the Korea Stock Exchange.
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from mobile, home and enterprise solutions to embedded and emerging applications. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, graphics processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed PHY products. Combined with the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies.
About the ARM Connected Community
The ARM Connected Community is a global network of companies aligned to provide a complete solution, from design to manufacture and end use, for products based on the ARM architecture. ARM offers a variety of resources to Community members, including promotional programs and peer-networking opportunities that enable a variety of ARM Partners to come together to provide end-to-end customer solutions.
RM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. Metro is a trademark of ARM Limited. Artisan and Artisan Components are registered trademarks of ARM Physical IP, Inc. “ARM” is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; AXYS Design Automation Inc.; AXYS GmbH; ARM Embedded Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; ARM Physical IP, Inc.; and ARM Norway, AS.