SANTA CLARA, Calif. (ChipWire/EBN) -- Intel Corp. and ARM Holdings plc have put the final touches on their technology licensing agreement, announced Monday, under which the two companies will jointly design cores crafted specifically for Intel.
The five-year deal begins with the current generation of products that use ARM's 5TE instruction set, which consists of ARM's fifth-generation instructions plus its Thumb and extended DSP instruction sets.
The 5TE's first implementation will be for the ARM 10, a chip that has taped out, according to ARM.
The agreement allows Intel to customize the ARM microarchitecture for its own use, the first time such an arrangement has been made between ARM and another company, said Reynette Au, vice president of worldwide marketing and sales at ARM, based in Cambridge, England.
The Intel cores will be compliant on some level with ARM's instruction set, although Intel will likely add additional instructions.