MUNICH --Infineon Technologies AG here today announced it has licensed ARM7 and ARM9Thumb microprocessor cores from ARM Ltd. The cores will complement Infineon's library of cores -- such as 16-bit C166 microcontroller, the 32-bit TriCore Unified Processor, and the Carmel high-end DSP cores -- and allow the company to offer complex, highly-integrated, application-specific solutions.
Along with the integration of digital, analog and mixed-signal blocks, Infineon is rapidly expanding its ability to provide system-on-chip solutions.
The embedded RISC cores from Cambridge, England-based ARM will enable SoC solutions that include graphics controllers for PDAs and high-end palmtops, digital still cameras and mobile web browsers as well as other peripheral controllers.
Infineon is targeting those applications, where form factor and costs are critical aspects, with its capability to integrate ARM processors together with large amounts of DRAM, customer specific logic and analog parts on a single piece of silicon. In combination with Infineon's embedded DRAM technology, customers now have an attractive alternative to large, expensive, discrete solutions.