Arrow Electronics Announces ARM Processor Options for Altera Devices

The North American Components business of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) announced a new design services and IP access model to integrate ARM industry-standard processors, in the Altera® Stratix® FPGA series and HardCopy® ASIC series devices, through Arrow’s Custom Logic Solutions group. “Arrow is proud to be the first to offer a wide array of ARM processors into the FPGA marketplace,” said David West, vice president of engineering and new business development at Arrow. “Arrow customers can now deploy ARM® processors consistently across FPGA, ASIC and foundry platforms for prototyping and high-volume production uses.”

This model extends Arrow’s recently announced support of the Cortex[tm]-M1 processor and ARM7[tm] and ARM9E[tm] processor families in ASIC and foundry, by enabling prototype and production application of these processors in Altera’s Stratix FPGA and HardCopy ASIC devices. In this design services model, Arrow will develop a customer-specified ARM technology-based subsystem and integrate it into the customers’ design. The resulting design will be instantiated in a HardCopy device, or encrypted and delivered for customer use on encryption-capable Stratix devices.

“For customers who want to incorporate mainstream ARM processors into their Stratix or HardCopy designs, Arrow offers a unique solution,” said Chris Balough, senior director of software, embedded and DSP marketing at Altera. “The combination of ARM technology and Arrow design services promises to provide an excellent combination of flexibility and time to market.”

“The agreement with Arrow enables system-on-a-chip developers to speed their time to market by prototyping ARM processor-based designs in an FPGA before production of an FPGA, ASIC or foundry vehicle, based on real-time business needs,” said Eric Schorn, vice president of marketing, Processor Division, ARM. “Using the advanced encryption capability of Altera’s Stratix devices, Arrow’s Custom Logic Solutions group provides a foundation for linking IP protection and verification schemes in the FPGA.”

IP access and design services that incorporate ARM industry-standard processors into Altera Stratix and Hardcopy devices are available immediately to North American customers through Arrow’s Custom Logic Solutions group. For more information, please contact Arrow at

Based on 24 years of ASIC design experience, the Custom Logic Solutions group offers design services, technology access, and supply chain solutions for the industry’s leading semiconductor platform offerings.

About Arrow Electronics
Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for approximately 700 suppliers and 140,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 300 locations in 50 countries and territories.

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. 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 connectivity products. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and 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 Altera
Altera programmable solutions enable system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost-effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets.

ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. Cortex, ARM7 and ARM9 are trademarks of ARM Limited. “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 Limited; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; AXYS Design Automation Inc.; ARM Germany GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM Norway, AS.