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IBM licenses ARM Cortex processors for comms apps

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cortex? network router? microprocessor? GPU?

IBM has licensed a line of ARM Cortex processors from ARM Holdings. IBM plans to offer the microprocessors to its custom-chip clients, companies that build network routers, switches and the cellular base stations that enable pervasive wired and wireless communications across the globe.

"IBM is a top provider of custom-built, system-on-a-chip technology to communications companiesthe silicon technology that has powered much of the mobile computing revolution," said Steve Ray, VP, Microelectronics, IBM. "With the addition of the ARM's advanced 32bit microprocessors and peripherals to our power-based offerings, our clients will now have the broadest array of leading silicon technology and design services availablegiving them the ability to create the next generation of communications hardware."

The ARM Cortex-A15, Cortex-A12, Cortex-A7 and Cortex-M4 processors, as well as the ARM Mali-450 GPU, are included in the licence agreement. The ARM processors join a rich IBM ecosystem of design tools and IP that simplify and extend the power of real-time embedded and advanced application processing for the company's custom-chip clients.

"IBM's manufacturing leadership and expertise in semiconductor innovation means that this agreement will result in a highly competitive portfolio of custom ARM-based solutions being deployed by leading networking infrastructure companies worldwide," said Tom Cronk, EVP and GM, processor division, ARM, "Building on their longstanding engagement on ARM Artisan Physical IP, IBM's extensive commitment to ARM Cortex CPU and ARM Mali GPU technology reflects the increasing demand for optimised-for-function, energy efficient platforms."





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