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News Release from: ARM
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 18 March 2004

Shanghai centre leads the way in China

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Shanghai Zhonghua Electronics Co (ZHSOC), the first company in China to provide a professional SoC design service, has become the first ARM Approved Design Centre in China

Shanghai-based ZHSOC will support the rapidly growing number of partners in the ARM Foundry Programme that choose to outsource all or part of their design and manufacturing activities. ZHSOC will work closely with fabless design companies and foundries in China to speed time to market. "Today's announcement is a further milestone in the development of the ARM connected community in China, bringing certified design skills to local IC developers from a domestic design house for the first time", said Jun Tan, President of ARM China.

"IC design service is a critical step for a fabless design company in evolving a device from the concept stage to the finished product".

"ZHSOC offers our partners in China an added-value service.

This enhanced IC value chain means improved time-to-market for both local manufacturers and international companies that want to take advantage of the high skill levels and low costs available in China", added Tan.

ZHSOC has an IC design team of 50 engineers, deploying a wide range of continuously upgraded EDA tools.

The company uses advanced top-down IC design flow techniques and offers both chip-level and system-level IC design verification and testing through its in-house system laboratory.

"We offer a full custom SoC design service including both front-end design and back-end services.

Our front-end services include architecture design, source code design, verification, design for test, and netlist generation, and our back-end services embrace process optimisation, P and R, physical verification, timing analysis, signal integrity analysis, and rule checking", said George Tai, President and CEO of ZHSOC.

"As an ARM Approved Design Centre, we can now offer a comprehensive turnkey design service to manufacturers seeking IC solutions based on the unique ARM technology".

With the addition of ZHSOC, ARM now has a comprehensive network of approved design centres worldwide, including 10 in the Asia Pacific region.

"We are committed to a fast expansion of our connected community in China", noted Tan.

"We believe it is essential for us to provide seamless design and production support for the growing number of innovative semiconductor companies that seek to include industry-leading ARM microprocessor cores in their devices".

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