Cambridge, England In an effort to extend its penetration in the communications sector, ARM has struck licensing according with Agere Systems and Atsana Semiconductor. Under the pacts, Agere and Atsana will employ the popular ARM microprocessor cores in communication chip designs.
Through its licensing pact, Agere gains access to ARM's ARM1026EJ-S core. Based on the ARMv5TE architecture, this core includes the Thumb instruction set, DSP extensions, support for the VFP10 vector floating-point co-processor, and Jazelle technology. Agere plans to use the ARM1026EJ-S core during the development of system-on-a-chip (SoC) components for enterprise data networks, wireless systems infrastructure, and broadband networking equipment.
Startup Atsana has been working hard at developing video encoding solutions for the mobile communications sector. To address these applications, Atsana developed a signal processing chip to market for encoding applications (See Startup develops encoder for mobile video apps. Through its agreement with ARM, Atsana can now marry this signal processing element with the ARM922T processor core to form an integrated processing solution for mobile multimedia applications. Atsana's processor is expected to hit the market in the third quarter of 2002.