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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

VIA, ARM strengthen relation on processor

Remmy Nweke

Chip manufacturer, VIA Technologies Incorporated, has announced extension of their agreement with ARM over the licensing of the ARM926EJ-ST and ARM968E-ST processor respectively to further strengthen VIA’s product portfolio and joint relations.

As users increasingly demand personal electronics with expanded feature sets and advanced connectivity, ARM technology delivers flexible processing performance while maintaining low power consumption and system cost.

Senior, Vice President, VIA Technologies Incorporated, Tzumu Lin, Said that through the licensing of the ARM926EJ-S and ARM968E-S processors, VIA and its subsidiaries have a powerful component for integration into a wide range products lines ideally complementing VIA’s existing performance-per-watt leadership with the VIA C7 processor platform.

“As VIA looked to enhance existing product lines and move into new digitally intelligent device markets, the ARM family of processors stood out as the natural choice,” the Senior Vice President said.

Emphasising that the licensing of these ARM processors will enable VIA to increase the functionality and performance of solutions aimed at the mobile phone markets, and drive expansion plans in areas such as set-top boxes, telematics, and personal media players, where the firm said it foresee tremendous potential for growth.

According to the Vice President of Segment Marketing, ARM, Mr. Ian Drew, “Increasing needs for expanded functionality in a wide range of personal electronics is leading innovators such as VIA to choose ARM technology as the architecture of choice.”

ARM boss noted that the ARM926EJ-S and ARM968E-S processors deliver a solid development environment and the power to run tomorrow’s applications.

Pointing out that this license agreement is also an important step in accelerating the adoption of ARM processor technology into key digital device markets.

ARM926EJ-S macro-cell is fully synthesizable, and features a Jazelle technology-enhanced 32-bit RISC Central Processing Union (CPU), flexible size instruction and data caches, Tightly Coupled Memory (TCM) interfaces, Memory Management Unit (MMU).

It also provides separate instruction and data AMBA bus-compliant AHB interfaces particularly suitable for Multi-layer AHB technology-based systems.

The ARM926EJ-S processor implements the ARMv5TEJ instruction set and includes an enhanced 16 x 32-bit multiplier, capable of single cycle MAC operations.

On the other hand, the ARM968E-S Processor also is a macro cell, fully synthesizable 32-bit RISC processor aimed specifically at embedded real-time applications, and is the smallest, lowest power ARM9ET family processor to date.

The core implements the ARMv5TE instruction set and features an enhanced 16 x 32-bit multiplier capable of single cycle MAC operations, and 16-bit fixed point DSP instructions to accelerate signal processing algorithms and applications.

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