UK microprocessor designer Arm received a major boost today as it finalised a licensing agreement with chip giant Intel.
The Cambridge based semiconductor company said the agreement will enable Intel to develop a full range of solutions based on current and future versions of its chip architecture beginning with version 5TE.
ARM's processor designs range in performance from 60MHz to 175MHz extending to 300MHz for processor cores currently in development. Its designs are noted for performance, small die size and lower power consumption and are often used in mobile and handheld computers.
Thomas Franz, vice president of Intel computing enhancement group commented: "We believe the Arm architecture has proven itself as a leading processor platform in applied computing and embedded applications," he said.
"Intel's Strongarm implementation of the Arm architecture utilised Intel's unique micro architecture and low power technologies while remaining fully compatible with software available for Arm cores. The high performance, low power Strongarm microprocessor family is essential to Intel's success in the portable, handheld and applied computing market segments," he said.
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