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Toshiba Microelectronics Selects ARM OptimoDE Technology For High-Performance, Low-Power Data Engines


Toshiba Microelectronics licenses OptimoDE technology from ARM to create data engines for portable devices

CAMBRIDGE, UK - [Sept 13, 2006] – ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] today announced that Toshiba Microelectronics Corporation has licensed ARM® OptimoDETM Data Engine technology for the development of advanced SoC design. Toshiba Microelectronics will use the OptimoDE framework and tool environment to create extremely low-power data engines for numerically intensive data-processing tasks in portable devices.

ARM OptimoDE is a highly configurable Very Long Instruction Word (VLIW)-style processor architecture targeted at high-performance embedded signal processing applications. The processor’s compute and address generation architecture, the memory and I/O bandwidth, and the associated instruction sets can be infinitely varied to obtain an optimal balance of performance, power consumption and area. By using OptimoDE technology, Toshiba Microelectronics will be able to rapidly design and configure embedded data engines for SoCs that will ultimately deliver longer battery life in mobile devices for the consumer.

“Toshiba Microelectronics is leveraging the strengths of OptimoDE technology – its unmatched flexibility, reprogrammability and ability to optimize performance, power consumption and area – to speed the development of next-generation SoCs,” said Tom Cronk, general manager, Data Engines, ARM. “Combined with ARM processors, ARM OptimoDE technology helps designers make the most efficient choices possible, as they develop embedded solutions for high-performance, low-power consumer applications.”

About OptimoDE Data Engines
ARM OptimoDE technology is licensable intellectual property with an associated tool environment. OptimoDE technology is a configurable VLIW-styled processor architecture targeted at high-performance embedded signal processing applications. The tool environment enables the designer to configure and extend the type and number of data path resource units. The size and topology of local storage and the level of interconnect are also fully configurable. OptimoDE Data Engines are programmed in either C or C++ and are provided with a sophisticated C compiler and profiling analysis tools. The ARM AudioDE™ audio processor, derived from OptimoDE technology, is an example of a best-in-class digital audio solution for designers of portable audio products, configured to meet the challenges of high performance and low cost while delivering exceptionally low power consumption.

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from mobile, home and enterprise solutions to embedded and emerging applications. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, 3D processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products. Combined with the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at


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