TOKYO -- Japan's NEC Corp. here today announced that it has become the latest chip maker to license ARM Ltd.'s 32-bit RISC microprocessor core.
Under the terms, NEC has licensed ARM's ARM946E-S family of products. NEC intends to use ARM's RISC core for use in third-generation wireless handsets and other products.
The license agreement will also include ARM's Embedded Trace Macrocell, a high-speed, real-time debugging core that enables design success when implemented for the first time in silicon.
NEC will make the RISC core in the company's UX4 process technology. Based on a 0.13-micron design rule, UX4 will enable the ARM core to handle high-performance, low-power applications, like wireless handsets.