Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. (TAEC) has licensed ARM Ltd.'s ARM7TDMI processor, and plans to make the core available to its U.S. ASIC customers in late 1999.
The combination of the high-performance engine with Toshiba's embedded DRAM technology will enable the development of next-generation LANs, base stations, printers and multimedia devices, according to Irvine, Calif.-based TAEC, which is the North American semiconductor arm of Japan's Toshiba Corp.
Initially, TAEC will offer the CPU core to its SLI ASIC customers in Europe, primarily in the networking and communications markets.
ARM's 32-bit RISC CPU is rapidly becoming a de facto European standard in system-level chip designs for telecommunications and networking. By offering the key IP blocks to enable these next-generation communications systems, TAEC aims to speed its customers' time-to-market, said David Barringer, vice president of SLI business development.
"The addition of the ARM7TDMI permits Toshiba to tailor a complete SLI solution built-to-order from proprietary IP or through its many other existing third party license agreements," Barringer said.