Infineon extends core intellectual property portfolio by licensing ARM processor cores

May 17, 2000 | Technology Media

Munich/Germany, May 17, 2000 - Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX) today announced it has licensed ARM7™ and ARM9™ Thumb® microprocessor cores from ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], for the design and manufacturing of core-based super-integrated customer and application specific products.

The addition of the ARM cores to Infineon’s robust library of existing cores allows the company to offer complex, highly integrated solutions containing both Infineon and ARM technology. It also provides the ability to create custom, hybrid solutions on demand and bolsters Infineon’s longstanding ability to provide world-class cores, peripherals and related software. Key synthesizable processors from Infineon include the 16-bit C166 microcontroller, the 32-bit TriCore™ Unified Processor and the Carmel™ high-end DSP cores. Along with the integration of digital, analog and mixed signal blocks, Infineon is rapidly expanding its ability to provide system-on-chip solutions.

The embedded RISC cores from ARM, which will complement Infineon’s broad portfolio of synthesizable microcontroller and digital signal processor (DSP) cores, will be combined with embedded DRAM for various system-on-chip (SoC) solutions including graphics controllers for PDAs and high-end palmtops, digital still cameras and mobile web browsers as well as other peripheral controllers.

Infineon‘s capability to integrate ARM processors together with large amounts of DRAM, customer specific logic and analog parts on a single piece of silicon is ideal for applications where form factor and costs are critical aspects. In combination with Infineon’s leading edge embedded DRAM technology, customers now have an attractive alternative to large, expensive, discrete solutions.

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor solutions for applications in the wireless and wired communications markets, for the automotive and industrial sectors, for security systems and chip cards as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, and in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore. In the fiscal year 1999 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 4.24 billion (US $ 4.51 billion) with about 26,000 employees worldwide. The company is listed on the main market segment (Amtlicher Handel) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and at the New York Stock Exchange.

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About ARM Holdings plc

ARM, a leading intellectual property (IP) provider, licenses high-performance, low-cost, power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals, and system-chip designs to leading international electronics companies. ARM also provides comprehensive support required in developing a complete system. ARM's microprocessor cores are rapidly becoming the volume RISC standard in such markets as portable communications, handheld computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions. More information on ARM is available at

Infineon, the stylized Infineon Technologies design, TriCore and Carmel are trademarks and servicemarks of Infineon Technologies AG. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. ARM7 and ARM9 are trademarks of ARM Limited.

Some of the statements in the foregoing announcement are forward looking within the meaning of the U.S. Federal Securities laws, including statements about future outsourcing, wafer capacity, technologies, business relationships and market conditions. Investors are cautioned that actual events and results could differ materially from these statements as a result of a variety of factors, including conditions in the overall semiconductor market and economy; acceptance and demand for products; and technological and development risks.

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