Sanyo Licenses ARM Chips for Info Appliances

TOKYO (08/02/2000) - Microprocessor designer ARM Ltd. announced Wednesday that Japanese consumer and home electronics maker Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. has licensed its ARM7 microprocessor core.

The deal allows Sanyo to integrate the ARM7 microprocessors into its own microcontroller and ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) chips. The cores, which include built-in flash memory, are likely to be used in new chips for applications such as PC peripherals, digital cameras, various types of multimedia devices, portable phones and mobile information terminals, ARM said in a statement.

The deal is the third licensing agreement announced this year between U.K.-based ARM and a Japanese company. In April it licensed a microprocessor core to Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. for use in handheld Internet devices, and in January Mitsubishi Electric Corp. licensed the same ARM7 core for use in future digital consumer electronic products.

ARM specializes in developing low-cost RISC (reduced instruction set computing)-based chip designs with low power consumption.

ARM, in Cambridge, U.K., can be reached +44-1223-400400, or via the Web at http://www.arm.com/. Sanyo Electric, in Osaka, can be found online at http://www.sanyo.co.jp/.

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