Tokyo--March 28, 2000--Motorola, Inc. signed a comprehensive licensing agreement with Yamaha Corp. for the M.COREmicroprocessor architecture for use in any and all products Yamaha designs,manufactures and sells worldwide.
Representatives of both companies formalized the agreement during a press conference and signing ceremonyin Tokyo, Japan. The license reaches beyond the M.CORE microprocessor architecture to include the Motorolaintellectual property reuse specifications developed for System-on-a-Chip(SOC) design.
"We are excited about the M.CORE architecture license from Motorola,"commented Hirokazu Kato, director and general manager, SemiconductorDivision, Yamaha Corporation. "We intend to fully utilize the M.CORE architecture to developcompetitive SOC for musical instruments, game consoles and multimediaterminals. The market for mobile products is expanding rapidly, and wehave aggressive plans to meet the user's needs by providing complete andflexible solutions based on the M.CORE architecture."
"We're pleased Yamaha is the first major licensee for the M.COREarchitecture in Japan," commented William T. Edwards, senior vice presidentand director, Strategic Planning Development, Motorola, Inc.
The license grants Yamaha the right to design and manufacture productsbased on the microprocessor and to distribute them worldwide.
Motorola is providing all the necessary elements for Yamaha engineers totake new designs rapidly from concept to integrated systems and to retargetthose designs into multiple fab processes, the company said.
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