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Product category: Intellectual Property Cores
News Release from: ARM
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 18 May 2006

Grace adds cores to physical IP deal

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Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation has licensed the ARM7TDMI and ARM926EJ processors, as well as the associated ARM Embedded Trace Macrocell on-chip debug peripheral

Grace semiconductor manufacturing Corporation has joined the ARM Foundry Programme by licensing the ARM7TDMI and ARM926EJ processors, as well as the associated ARM Embedded Trace Macrocell (ETM9) on-chip debug peripheral. This licence agreement marks Grace's first CPU license from ARM, which will enable the company to facilitate faster time to market for system-on-chip (SoC) design and manufacturing.

'Our partnership with ARM will provide new and existing fabless customers with more design options, shortened design cycles and accelerated time to market capabilities', said Dr Arthur Kuo, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing of Grace.

'Through the ARM Foundry Programme, we have the tools and support needed to manufacture high-performance, low-power SoC designs for a range of embedded computing applications'.

This announcement builds on Grace Semiconductor's agreement last September to license a suite of ARM's Artisan physical IP including Sage-X standard cell library, general purpose I/O and memory generators to support their 0.18 and 0.13um process technologies.

With this new foundry licence, Grace will be able to leverage the ARM7TDMI and ARM926EJ processors, as well as its ETM9 on-chip debug peripheral.

Under the terms of the foundry programme, mutual customers will then be able to quickly integrate and complete SoC designs that include either processor.

The ARM7TDMI processor is available now in 0.18um process and the ARM926EJ processor and ETM9 macrocell will be available in 0.13um process initially, and they will be available in other nodes in the future.

'Grace's support of the ARM Foundry Programme will offer our fabless semiconductor partners rapid access to a full range of process technologies, enabling them to go to market faster', said Jun Tan, President, ARM China.

'Our partnership with Grace further strengthens the proliferation of ARM's technology offerings and will help to support the evolving electronics market in China'.

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