GRENOBLE, France – NXP Semiconductors NV and ARM Holdings plc have expanded their strategic relationship around the development of ARM cores and ARM-based microcontrollers.
NXP is already been a lead partner in deploying ARM's Cortex-M cores as microcontrollers. Under the expanded agreement NXP will work with ARM on the future microcontroller cores roadmap in areas including performance and energy efficiency.
"With 100 million ARM processor-based microcontrollers shipped, NXP has reached a major milestone in our commitment to deliver the broadest range of choice available for customers migrating from 8/16-bit architectures to 32-bit ARM MCUs," said Geoff Lees, general manager of the microcontroller product line at NXP, in a statement. "Looking ahead, this strategic licensing agreement gives us the ability to continue breaking new ground with ARM on the future of the 32-bit MCU landscape.
Other companies, such as Energy Micro AS, have made a great play of pursuing energy efficiency around ARM cores.
which ARM core they have license for is the biggest issue. What nXP is using aimed for industrial and automotive customers, besides ARM shines on areas where can compete with intel nowadays and no news from nxp about this area