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NXP, ARM extend relationship

NXP and ARM have expanded their strategic relationship by signing a new licensing agreement, which includes the ARM Cortex-M3 processor, as well as other ARM technology.

“The strategic agreement between NXP and ARM underscores a shared vision of how 32bit processors are fundamentally changing advanced digital products – from mobile phones, portable media players, tvs and set top boxes, to identification applications, cars and a wide range of other electronic devices,” said René Penning de Vries, NXP’s chief technology officer, pictured. “As we expand our collaboration with ARM, we will continue to focus on innovations that deliver solutions supported by a strong ecosystem of industry partners.”
According to NXP, it will introduce a new family of Cortex-M3 based microcontrollers this year, expanding its ARM7 and ARM9 based mcu portofolio.
“A new family of microcontrollers based on the Cortex-M3 processor will be a major milestone in 2008,” said Geoff Lees, vp of NXP’s microcontroller product line. “The low power Cortex-M3 processor will enable NXP to continue its innovation in embedded flash and provide a strong option for designers looking to migrate from 8 and 16bit to 32bit microcontroller platforms.”
The agreement also gives NXP access to all ARM Cortex family processors, the ARM Mali family of graphics processing units; its CoreSight on chip debug and trace technology; and ARM’s physical IP.

Graham Pitcher

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