Energy Micro Licenses ARM Cortex-M3 Processor

Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:40am EDT

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Oslo-Based Start-up Will Develop Very Low Energy Consumption Solution Using
Industry-Leading ARM Technology

CAMBRIDGE, England and OSLO, Norway, April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
ARM (LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMH) and Energy Micro, an Oslo based semiconductor
start-up, today announced that they have signed a licensing agreement for the
ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M3 processor. Following the general trend in the market to
move from 8- and 16-bit architectures to 32-bit, Energy Micro will introduce
its first ultra low-power 32-bit microcontroller family, based on the ARM
Cortex-M3 processor, in the second quarter of 2009.
    Energy Micro's main objective is to produce the world's most
energy-friendly microcontrollers. The EnergetIC(TM) microcontroller family
from Energy Micro will have energy consumption at a level that is far below
today's solutions, thus enabling significant improvements in battery life,
longer lifetime of electronic products and reduced disposals. The combination
of an extremely efficient active processing mode, a wide range of power
saving modes and a flexible set of system peripherals will provide true value
to its users.
    "With our focus on low energy consumption, integration, system
performance and low cost, the ARM Cortex-M3 processor is the right choice for
us," said Geir Forre, CEO of Energy Micro. "The strong ecosystem of available
tools, software and knowledge within the ARM Connected Community(R) is also
very important for us and our customers."
    "Striving for low energy consumption has never been more important and
Energy Micro has chosen the ARM Cortex-M3 processor in its mission to make
the world's most energy-friendly microcontrollers," said Graham Budd,
executive vice president and general manager, Processor Division, ARM. "The
32-bit microcontroller marketplace is rapidly consolidating around the
Cortex-M3 processor to provide a fast and reliable path to market, which
Partners such as Energy Micro are aggressively leveraging to displace legacy
devices."
    Energy Micro also licensed various physical IP from the ARM Artisan(R)
physical IP family, plus a number of ARM PrimeCell(R) peripheral IP blocks.
    About ARM
    ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital
products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to
imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's comprehensive
product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines,
graphics processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals,
software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed
connectivity products. Combined with comprehensive design services, training,
support and maintenance, and the company's broad Partner community, they
provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market
for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at
http://www.arm.com.
    About Energy Micro
    Energy Micro develops markets and sells the world's most energy friendly
microcontrollers, based on modern and powerful microprocessor architectures.
The company focuses on innovative technology, and works closely with leading
partners and customers worldwide. The company was founded in 2007 by
experienced semiconductor professionals with previous expertise from
successful semiconductor companies. More information on Energy Micro is
available at http://www.energymicro.com
    ARM, Artisan, PrimeCell and AMBA are registered trademarks of ARM
Limited. Cortex and Power Management Kit is a trademark of ARM Limited. All
other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders.
"ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM
Limited; and the regional subsidiaries: ARM, Inc.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.;
ARM Taiwan Limited; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM
Belgium N.V.; AXYS Design Automation Inc.; ARM Germany GmbH; ARM Embedded
Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM Norway, AS.
SOURCE  ARM Ltd

For more information on Energy Micro please contact: Geir Forre, President &
CEO at phone no +47-91-59-75-80 or e-mail: g.forre@energymicro.com. Contact
Details: ARM PRESS OFFICE: +44(0)208-846-0797; Starlayne Meza, Text100,
+1-415-593-8431, starm@text100.com; Alan Tringham, ARM, +44(0)1223-400947,
Alan.Tringham@arm.com; Erik Ploof, ARM, +1-425-880-6033, Erik.Ploof@arm.com
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