Japanese giant NEC Electronics and UK-based chip designer ARM have agreed a "long-term" deal to co-develop and market next-generation multiprocessor cores based on symmetric multiprocessor technology.
NEC has licensed the ARM11 family as well as the ARM966E-S core and VFP9 vector floating-point co-processor.
It has been an ARM Partner since 1995. The pair will also jointly develop software for the next-generation CPU core.
The companies intend the fruits of their collaboration to be central to NEC's next-generation, high-volume products, such as home and automotive multimedia applications and mobile handsets.
The CPU core is a high-performance embedded multiprocessor that applies parallel processing technology designed to deliver better power efficiency than conventional CPU cores.
"We view this next-generation processor core as a key technology to expand the application-rich markets from car multimedia to mobile consumer," stated Hirokazu Hashimoto, executive vice president at NEC.
Cambridge-based ARM also recently signed licensing deals with Toshiba and Motorola.
Moon's dark side is mountainous, rugged and never visible from the Earth
The groundwater basins in some areas of Tehran have been damaged irreversibly
This is the first time that any spacecraft on Mars has recorded air vibrations on the planet
Arctic sea ice is thickening at a faster rate during winter, thus slowing down long-term decline: NASA
But, the seasonal ice growth could only delay the demise of the Arctic ice cap for a few more decades