News Release from: ARM
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 20 October 2005

VeriSilicon arms itself for Chinese IC expansion

VeriSilicon is licensing a range of ARM processors available via the ARM Foundry Programme, including the ARM7TDMI, the ARM922TTM and the ARM926EJ-STM.

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VeriSilicon is licensing a range of ARM processors available via the ARM Foundry Programme, including the ARM7TDMI, the ARM922TTM and the ARM926EJ-STM. Combined, these technologies will strengthen VeriSilicon's development capability of ARM Powered SoC solutions for use in multiple areas such as the consumer electronics, wireless and automotive markets. China has become one of the most important regions for the global semiconductor market and is demanding diverse chip and system products for both entry- and advanced-level applications such as HDTVs, DTVs, set-top boxes, mobile handsets and automotive solutions.

Global Source has reported that in 2005, China's electronics industry will consume nearly US $60 billion worth of ICs.

With a maturing silicon value chain and a more explicit division of roles, Chinese IC design foundries are gaining significant opportunity to grow by providing design services to various customers.

'ARM is the world's most popular architecture for the digital world'.

'By licensing multiple processor cores from the ARM Foundry Programme, we will be able to expand our product portfolio to meet different market requirements', said Dr Wayne Dai, founder, Chairman and CEO of VeriSilicon.

'VeriSilicon is aimed at becoming a bridge to Chinese fabs by offering our customers comprehensive design services and turnkey services including manufacturing, packaging, testing, delivery and advanced SoC solutions'.

'This agreement will consolidate our collaboration with ARM, enabling us to meet clients' demands for various applications and shorten the time to market'.

'Since 2001 ARM has been working with many leading companies along the silicon value chain of the Chinese semiconductor industry, so that Chinese companies can utilise the benefits of the ARM architecture for both local and global markets', said Dr Jun Tan, President of ARM China.

'This strategic agreement demonstrates ARM's commitment to working closely with Chinese design foundries such as VeriSilicon, to enable them to develop advanced SoC systems that will deliver more value to their customers and continue to grow the Chinese IC design industry'.

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