Doubts over the future of the StrongARM family of processors under the aegis of Intel seem to have been resolved today as ARM and Intel signed a licence agreement.
Any agreement, however, will be subject to the approval of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is still investigating Intel buying some of Digital's semiconductor assets.
According to the terms of the deal, Intel will produce, sell and enhance the StrongARM family under licence. There is also a cross-licensing deal between Intel and ARM.
According to Ron Smith, VP of Intel's enhancement group: "Once we obtain regulatory approval, our plan is to continue to enhance and improve the product. We also plan to grow the customer base."
According to ARM, the deal will mean that designers can develop more advanced devices based on ARM high performance cores.
The agreement covers the Digital SA-110, SA-1100, and SA-1500 chips and future products including the SA-1101 and SA-1501 companion chips.
Neither company will disclose the full terms of the agreement.
At the beginning of last week, 12 engineers on the StrongARM team decided to vote with their feet and have joined chip designer Cadence.
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