|[January 08, 2013]
ARM and Broadcom Extend Relationship with ARMv7 and ARMv8 Architecture Licenses
CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom & IRVINE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
ARM and Broadcom (News - Alert) Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader
in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, have
announced that Broadcom has licensed the ARMv7 and ARMv8 architectures.
The agreement will enable Broadcom to develop and build its own
processors based on the ARM (News - Alert)® architecture.
The ARMv7 architecture is the basis for all current 32-bit ARM Cortex™
processors, including the Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A9 processors. The ARMv8
architecture is the first ARM architecture that includes 64-bit
execution, enabling processors based on the architecture to combine
64-bit execution with 32-bit execution. The ARMv8 architecture applies
ARM's heritage in energy-efficiency to 64-bit computing and extends the
applicability of ARM processors into new application areas. Broadcom is
one of the lead partners for the Cortex-A50 series of processors, the
first implementation of the ARMv8 architecture, launched at the ARM
TechCon in 2012.
"We have enjoyed a close partnership with Broadcom for many years and we
are delighted to extend this relationship still further. Broadcom is a
leading communications semiconductor solution vendor and has delivered
highly differentiated SoCs including a range of ARM processor-based
products, across a broad range of applications," said Simon Segars,
president, ARM. "As the first ARM architecture to enable 64- as well as
32-bit execution, the ARMv8 architecture represents a significant
milestone for ARM and opens up new opportunities and markets for our
"Access to the ARMv7 and ARMv8 architecture will enable Broadcom to
bring innovation through highly optimized 32- and 64-bit SoC
implementations to deliver high-performance, low-power solutions across
a broad range of market applications including broadband access and
set-top box," said Daniel A. Marotta, executive vice president and
general manager, Broadband Communications Group, Broadcom. "The ARM
architecture, combined with ARM's extensive software ecosystem, will
enable us to address the growing requirements of existing markets and
extend the reach of our innovative, high performance SoCs to new
customers and applications."
Since the announcement of the ARMv8 architecture in 2011, a strong
software and tools ecosystem has developed, including foundation models,
virtual platforms, code generation tools, debug solutions, performance
analysis tools and key open source components, designed to enable ARMv8
licensees to begin development in advance of hardware.
Broadcom Corporation (News - Alert) (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® compan, is a global
leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless
communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data
and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.
With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art
system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing
the world by connecting everything®. For more information, go to www.broadcom.com.
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memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development
tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support
and maintenance, and the company's broad Partner community, they provide
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