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.
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