Freescale and ARM Extend Relationship with Cortex-A50 Processor License for Future i.MX and QorIQ Products

  Freescale and ARM Extend Relationship with Cortex-A50 Processor License for
  Future i.MX and QorIQ Products

Multiyear subscription license demonstrates Freescale’s commitment to further
expanding its extensive ARM Powered portfolio

embedded world 2013

Business Wire

NUREMBERG, Germany -- February 26, 2013

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is licensing the ARM^® Cortex™-A50 series
of microprocessors (MPUs) for future versions of its i.MX applications
processor and QorIQ communications processor product lines. This agreement is
part of a new multiyear subscription license with ARM that demonstrates
Freescale’s commitment to the ARM architecture and its intent to further
expand its ARM Powered^® portfolio – one of the industry’s broadest range of
solutions built on ARM technology.

“Freescale is pleased to announce a subscription licensing model with ARM,
beginning with the ARM Cortex-A50 processor series,” said Geoff Lees, senior
vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Microcontroller business.
“This agreement expands Freescale’s long-term strategic technology partnership
with ARM and gives us access to the latest ARM technology for future
generations of our i.MX applications processors.”

ARM recently announced the Cortex-A50 series which is based on the ARMv8
architecture and is capable of 64- and 32-bit execution. The series initially
includes the Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors. The Cortex-A57 processor is
ARM’s most advanced high-performance processor, while the Cortex-A53 processor
is the most power-efficient ARM applications processor, as well as the world’s
smallest 64-bit processor.

The Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 processors can operate independently or be
combined into an ARM big.LITTLE™ processor configuration, combining high
performance with power efficiency. In big.LITTLE processing, a system-on-chip
(SoC) leverages two different, but compatible, processing engines within the
same device, allowing the power management software to seamlessly select the
right processor for the task.

The Cortex-A53 processor provides an optimized balance of power consumption
and performance, making it an excellent fit for feature-rich applications,
such as auto infotainment systems, medical equipment, eReaders, and the next
generation of Internet of Things running i.MX apps processors. The Cortex-A53
processor also delivers hardware virtualization and enhanced security features
in half the size of previous cores.

The Cortex-A57 is designedto further extend the capabilities of future mobile
and enterprise computing applications, including compute-intensive 64-bit
applications. The Cortex-A57 processor is ideal for markets Freescale will
target with its forthcoming QorIQ communications processors based on the
core-agnostic Layerscape architecture, including the enterprise, data center
and wired/wireless communications equipment spaces. By leveraging the
processing power of the Cortex-A57 processor, future generations of QorIQ
products can continue to deliver industry-leading performance/power ratios.

“Freescale’s license of highly advanced 64-bit ARM processors is a clear and
logical step toward the proliferation of our core-agnostic Layerscape
architecture across the QorIQ portfolio,” said Tareq Bustami, vice president
of product management for Freescale’s Digital Networking business. “Leveraging
world-class ARM and Power Architecture^® technologies as appropriate, products
based on the Layerscape architecture will deliver unique acceleration,
interconnect and other advanced IP to help our customers differentiate and win
in highly competitive markets.”

“Freescale offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive portfolios of
solutions based on ARM technology,” said Simon Segars, president, ARM. “The
ARM Cortex-A50 series processors will drive the next era in high-performance,
energy-efficient mobile and enterprise applications. As a result of this new
license we can look forward to a seeing a wide range of new and innovative ARM
architecture-based designs from Freescale.”

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and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity –
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generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical
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Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and
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