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NXP buys Sharp ARM-based MCU product line

Posted: 11 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ARM-based MCU? ARM processors? 32bit MCU product line?

NXP Semiconductors has acquired the BlueStreak microcontroller product portfolio from Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas. The transaction closed on July 3. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The company now has the ability to manufacture and sell the complete line of ARM7 and ARM9 processor-based BlueStreak MCUs, previously offered by Sharp. The acquisition expands NXP's extensive ARM Powered microcontroller portfolio to 50 productsthe world's largest portfolio of ARM7 and ARM9 processor-based microcontroller products.

"We are proud of this acquisition, which demonstrates NXP's ability to swiftly execute our growth strategy in six chosen market segments, including multimarket semiconductors. It also underscores NXP's commitment to further strengthen our microcontroller product line and grow in particular with Japanese customers," said Hein van der Zeeuw, executive VP and general manager, multimarket semiconductors business unit, NXP. "Through this transaction, customers of the BlueStreak microcontroller product line can have confidence that they can count on continued support from NXP."

"Over the last few years, we've witnessed the rapid growth and wide market acceptance of NXP's LPC2000 and LPC3000 series microcontrollers, which take advantage of the power efficiency and high performance of the ARM7 and ARM9 family processors," said Mike Inglis, executive VP of sales and marketing, ARM. "The 32bit microcontroller market is an important strategic area for ARM, and NXP's acquisition of the BlueStreak microcontroller family clearly shows that they share our vision of ARM processor-based microcontrollers representing a global industry force."

Through this acquisition NXP demonstrates its commitment to change the MCU landscape and establish the ARM processor-based MCU as the industry standard for the 32bit market. With the addition of the BlueStreak microcontrollers, NXP's portfolio of 32-bit ARM processor-based MCUs will expand to 50 products, enabling customers to select the solution that best meets their needs in terms of price, performance, features and power consumption.

NXP's portfolio will now include 11 ARM processor-based MCUs featuring LCD controllers to support graphical displays, including the NXP LPC2478 and LPC2470 announced earlier this year. These low-power microcontrollers designed for a wide range of consumer, industrial, automotive and medical applications using LCD panelsfrom handheld video players and GPS devices to point-of-sale terminals and portable medical diagnostic devices.

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