ARM, the Cambridge based chip design house, has rounded off a good fourth quarter with its first licence from Toshiba, for the entry level ARM7TDMI chip.
In an interview with UK trade magazine Electronics Weekly Gordon Fairley, Toshiba Asic manager, said: "We were a solid Mips company but we've got customers asking us for ARM, it's the de facto standard in Europe."
Toshiba joins Matsushita, Seiko Epson and Hewlett-Packard among six new licencees signed up in Q4. Two of the new recruits wish to remain anonymous for the time being. ARM says that one is based in the US and the other is in Europe.
ARM revenue for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 1999, climbed 52 per cent to $12.5 million and pretax profit jumped 133 per cent to $3 million. For the full year, sales jumped 59 per cent to $42.3 million, from $26.6 million in 1997 and profit was up 108 per cent to $9.4 million.
ARM's revenue represents a small, but lucrative slice of the ARM platform market worldwide. In 1998 semiconductor licencees pumped out 50 million units based on the ARM architecture, which was a fivefold leap on 1997.
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