LONDON – HiSilicon Technologies Co. Ltd. has licensed a range of ARM technology for use across the breadth of its communications chip design activities including: 3G/4G basestations, networking infrastructure and mobile computing applications.
HiSilicon (Shenzhen, China), which is linked to telecoms equipment maker Huawei, was already a licensee of the Cortex-A9 processor core from ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) and had made extensive use of that license. The latest broad-ranging agreement includes licenses for the Cortex-A15 multiprocessing core, the CoreLink CCI-400 cache coherent interconnect fabric and the Cortex-M3 processor core.
Mali, ARM's graphics processing core family, was not mentioned as being a part of the deal.
HiSilicon, formed in 2004 and previously Huawei's ASIC design center since 1991, provides ASICs and application-specific standard products for communication networks and digital media. In the digital media field, HiSilicon has chips for network surveillance, videophone operation, DVB and IPTV.
Teresa He, executive vice president at HiSilicon, said that partnering with ARM had been beneficial in developing an efficient platform approach to IC design. "This latest agreement will provide us with the latest ARM IP to address the needs of our customers," said He, in a statement issued by ARM.
"The success of HiSilicon's industry-first eight-core ARM Cortex-A9 network SoC is a great example of ARM partner innovation," said Allen Wu, president of ARM China, in the same statement.
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