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Thomson Multimedia licenses ARM microprocessor cores

Posted: 19 Jul 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Thomson Multimedia, a provider of video and enabling technologies, has entered into a partnership with ARM, licensing the latter's ARM7 and ARM9 family microprocessor cores, including the ARM926EJ-S core with Jazelle acceleration technology for Java applications.

Under this agreement, Thomson will be able to expand its activities in IC design by using these cores in its next-generation consumer electronics ICs for such applications as broadband modems, digital TV receivers, DVD recorders and mobile video devices. Further, this agreement paves the way for the two companies to collaborate on future multimedia and multi-processor systems. Thomson will manufacture its ARM core-based ICs through ARM silicon partners or ARM approved foundries.

"Increased integration of digital products is driving a shift toward added value in key components such as ICs and displays," said Jean Charles Hourcade, SVP, CTO at Thomson Multimedia. "IC designs expertise, assisted through licensing these ARM cores and our ability to implement ICs through a fabless process model or through our existing strategic agreements, allows us to protect and increase our value."

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