LONDON – Brite Semiconductor Corp., a fabless chip company and design house founded in 2008, has said it has licensed a broad portfolio of processor cores from ARM Holdings plc, including Cortex, ARM9, ARM11 and Mali graphics processors on a multi-year deal.
Brite (Shanghai, China) said the license also covers Coresight debug and trace technology and peripherals that are compliant with the AMBA on-chip bus.
Brite provides design services to electronics companies and works with foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (Shanghai, China) to get those chips made. It also works with design services and IP company Open-Silicon Inc. (Milpitas, Calif.). Open-Silicon invested in Brite and Naveed Sherwani, founder and CEO of Open-Silicon serves on the board of directors of Brite.
"The combination of industry leading ARM technology and Brite's extensive knowledge in design will enable SMIC to continuously provide our mutual customers with complete, full function technology platforms extending down to 45/40nm," said Chris Chi, chief business officer with SMIC, in a statement issued by Brite.
"The agreement lowers the cost barrier for designers of mainstream electronic devices to obtain and integrate popular ARM IPs to achieve optimized designs." said Charlie Zhi, CEO of Brite Semiconductor, in the same statement.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.