ARM and Broadcom Extend Relationship with ARMv7 and ARMv8 Architecture Licenses

  ARM and Broadcom Extend Relationship with ARMv7 and ARMv8 Architecture

      Broadcom Extends Use of the ARM Architecture across Broad Range of

Business Wire

CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom & IRVINE, Calif. -- January 8, 2013

ARM and Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in
semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, have announced
that Broadcom has licensed the ARMv7 and ARMv8 architectures. The agreement
will enable Broadcom to develop and build its own processors based on the ARM®

The ARMv7 architecture is the basis for all current 32-bit ARM Cortex™
processors, including the Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A9 processors. The ARMv8
architecture is the first ARM architecture that includes 64-bit execution,
enabling processors based on the architecture to combine 64-bit execution with
32-bit execution. The ARMv8 architecture applies ARM’s heritage in
energy-efficiency to 64-bit computing and extends the applicability of ARM
processors into new application areas. Broadcom is one of the lead partners
for the Cortex-A50 series of processors, the first implementation of the ARMv8
architecture, launched at the ARM TechCon in 2012.

“We have enjoyed a close partnership with Broadcom for many years and we are
delighted to extend this relationship still further. Broadcom is a leading
communications semiconductor solution vendor and has delivered highly
differentiated SoCs including a range of ARM processor-based products, across
a broad range of applications,” said Simon Segars, president, ARM. “As the
first ARM architecture to enable 64- as well as 32-bit execution, the ARMv8
architecture represents a significant milestone for ARM and opens up new
opportunities and markets for our silicon partners.”

“Access to the ARMv7 and ARMv8 architecture will enable Broadcom to bring
innovation through highly optimized 32- and 64-bit SoC implementations to
deliver high-performance, low-power solutions across a broad range of market
applications including broadband access and set-top box,” said Daniel A.
Marotta, executive vice president and general manager, Broadband
Communications Group, Broadcom. “The ARM architecture, combined with ARM’s
extensive software ecosystem, will enable us to address the growing
requirements of existing markets and extend the reach of our innovative, high
performance SoCs to new customers and applications.”

ARMv8 Ecosystem

Since the announcement of the ARMv8 architecture in 2011, a strong software
and tools ecosystem has developed, including foundation models, virtual
platforms, code generation tools, debug solutions, performance analysis tools
and key open source components, designed to enable ARMv8 licensees to begin
development in advance of hardware.

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global
leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless
communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and
multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the
industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and
embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by connecting
everything®. For more information, go to

About ARM

ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital products,
from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging,
automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's comprehensive product offering
includes microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling
software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products,
peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design
services, training, support and maintenance, and the company's broad Partner
community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable
path to market for leading electronics companies. Find out more about ARM by
following these links:

  *ARM website:
  *ARM Connected Community®:
  *Mali Developer Center
  *ARM Blogs:
  *ARMFlix on YouTube:
  *ARM on Twitter:

ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. Cortex is a trademark of ARM
Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their
respective holders. “ARM” is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating
company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM Inc.; ARM KK; ARM Korea
Limited.; ARM Taiwan Limited; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co.
Ltd.; ARM Germany GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; ARM Norway, AS
and ARM Sweden AB.


ARM Press Contacts
Alan Tringham, +44 1223 400947
Andy Phillips, +44 1223400930
Broadcom Press Contacts
Trade Press
Dana Brzozkiewicz, 949-926-6367
Public Relations Manager
Investor Relations
Chris Zegarelli, 949-926-7567
Senior Director, Investor Relations
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.