27 October 2004
ARM And Philips' Handshake Solutions Collaborate To Develop Clockless Processor
ARM processor will utilize Handshake Solutions' low-power, self-timed technology
EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS AND CAMBRIDGE, UK, -Oct. 27, 2004
- Handshake Solutions, a Royal Philips Electronics line of business,
and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], today announced the joint
development and marketing of an ARM® processor using Handshake
Solutions' unique low-power, self-timed technology. The partnership
provides Handshake Solutions with a license to develop the breakthrough
implementation using their unique design flow and methodology.
ARM processor will utilize Handshake Solutions' Handshake Technology,
which is the industry's first production proven methodology for using
self-timed circuitry in commercial applications. Handshake Technology
has been used for more than five years in tens of millions of products
including smart cards, advanced pagers, In-Vehicle Network
transceivers, and cordless handsets. The compact asynchronous ARM
processor will be particularly useful in the smart card, consumer
electronics, and automotive markets because of its very low-power
consumption and low Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI).
Solution's technology has already been successfully implemented in
millions of ICs available in the market today," said Wouter Van Roost,
chief executive officer, Handshake Solutions. "Applying Handshake
Technology to the industry-leading ARM architecture will result in a
new type of ultra low-power processor, enabling new classes of
has always been the low-power leader in embedded microprocessors," said
Mike Inglis, executive vice president, Marketing, ARM. "Our partnership
with Handshake Solutions will enable new ultra-low power applications
in the smart card, consumer electronics, and automotive markets, while
preserving the easy integration common to all ARM processors."
new ARM processor is compliant with the ARMv5TE architecture and
optimized for use in both synchronous and asynchronous system-on-chip
designs, permitting easy integration by semiconductor makers. The key
benefits of the processor include low Electro Magnetic emission,
reducing the probability of interfering with sensitive circuitry, and
low peak currents, reducing system power requirements. Because
asynchronous processors consume zero dynamic power when there is no
activity, they can significantly extend battery life. ARM has long
recognised the potential of asynchronous design and has supported the
Amulet® project led by Professor Steve Furber at Manchester University.
Availability and Tool Support
new ARM processor will be available as a licensable core from ARM in Q1
2005. It will be supported by Handshake Solutions' advanced design
tools and methodology that enables customers to design a complete or
partially asynchronous chip. More information on Handshake Solutions
can be found at www.handshakesolutions.com.
About Royal Philips Electronics
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the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with
sales of EUR 29 billion in 2003. With activities in the three
interlocking domains of healthcare, lifestyle and technology and
166,800 employees in more than 60 countries, it has market leadership
positions in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, color
television sets, electric shavers, lighting and silicon system
solutions. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
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solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's
16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, peripherals, software and
tools, combined with the company's broad Partner community, provide a
total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for
leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.
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