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Company Overview of ARM Limited

Company Overview

ARM Limited is a semiconductor intellectual property (IP) company that designs and licenses technology to semiconductor and systems companies in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company develops and licenses IPs in the areas of processors, multimedia, physical IP, development tools, ARM-based security, system IP, technologies, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to IoT, embedded, mobile, home, infrastructure, education, innovation hub, and wearables markets. Its technology is used by original equipment manufacturers for various applications that range from mobile handsets and digital set top boxes to car braking systems and network routers. ARM Limited was formerly known as Adv...

110 Fulbourn Road

Cambridge,  CB1 9NJ

United Kingdom

Founded in 1990


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Key Executives for ARM Limited

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Age: 49
Chief Financial Officer and Director
Age: 52
Chief Operating Officer
Executive Vice President and President of Product Groups
Executive Vice President and President of Commercial & Global Development
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

ARM Limited Key Developments

Mentor Graphics Corp. Signs Multi-Year Subscription Agreement with ARM Ltd

Mentor Graphics Corp. has signed a multi-year subscription agreement with ARM Ltd. to enable early access to a broad range of ARM intellectual property, or IP, and related technologies. This will enable Mentor to optimize its tools and methodologies for ARM-based system-on-chip (SoC) designs. Mentor will have access to ARM Cortex processors for the ARMv8-A and ARMv7-An architectures, ARM Mali graphics processors, ARM CoreLink system IP, ARM Artisan physical IP and ARM POP IP for implementation acceleration. Through this agreement, Mentor can optimize its flows and tools for ARM IP before it is available on general release. This will enable Mentor's customers to add the new ARM IP to their designs and trust their verification, implementation and test environments are fully optimized. This will allow them to achieve the high level of performance and functionality in their newest ASIC and FPGA designs. ARM, in common with many companies in the ARM ecosystem, uses the Mentor Enterprise Verification Platform (EVP), including the Veloce and Questa platforms, to verify new processor IP and system IP designs. For digital design implementation, the agreement will help Mentor optimize RealTime Designer physical RTL synthesis and Olympus-SoC Place & Route solutions for ARM-based designs. For IC test generation, processor-specific optimizations to the Tessent MemoryBIST, LogicBIST and TestKompress flows will also be available and validated.

ARM Limited Announces the New Arm CoreLink System IP for Next-Generation Mobile Devices

ARM Limited has announced the new ARM CoreLink system IP for next-generation mobile devices. The CoreLink CCI-550 interconnect enables ARM big.LITTLE processing and a fully coherent GPU while lowering latency and increasing peak throughput. The CoreLink DMC-500 memory controller provides higher bandwidth and latency response for processors and display. Both CoreLink products have been delivered to lead partners and are available for licensing with production silicon expected by late 2016. IP from ARM is designed in a system context for maximum performance and ease of integration, which is why more than 100 licensees have designed SoCs using trusted ARM system IP. The new CoreLink system IP has ARM and its partners well ahead on the next critical path to increase overall system efficiency and performance in mobile devices. The improved support for GPU coherency in CoreLink CCI-550 enhances power management and delivers system-wide advantages. Coherency reduces development costs and time for new applications accelerated by heterogeneous processing for more efficient utilization of compute engines. OpenCL 2.0 with shared virtual memory features and other newer programming models take full advantage of system coherency. All processors work on the same data without unnecessary cache maintenance or memory copying. This also enables a system architecture fully aligned with the HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) coherency standards. CoreLink CCI-550 includes improvements in the microarchitecture to deliver higher peak throughput for demanding use cases and quality of service (QoS) enhancements that reduce latency by 20 percent. SoC designers can configure the number of memory channels, tracker sizes, snoop filter capacity and scale up to 6 fully coherent processor clusters. The increased scalability addresses a wide range of applications beyond mobile including digital TV, automotive and cost-efficient networking applications. Time and energy-intensive memory transactions require a memory controller designed with a system approach to reduce bottlenecks. For ARM Cortex processors, CoreLink DMC-500 offers the lowest latency and power along with enhanced QoS for LPDDR4/3 memories operating up to LPDDR4-4267 transfer speeds. When integrated at the design level, CoreLink CCI-550 and CoreLink DMC-500 work together to deliver a peak system memory bandwidth beyond 50GB/s for access to richer content such as 4K video, with predictable performance, leading to the best user experience in premium smartphones and tablets.

ARM Ltd Launches New Cloud-Enabled Education Kit for Universities

ARM Ltd. has launched a new cloud-enabled education kit for universities, the ARM IoT Education Kit. The ARM IoT Education Kit will teach students how to use the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform, create smartphone apps and control connected devices such as a robot or a mini weather station to gather temperature, humidity and air pressure data. The Kit was unveiled at the opening of Peking University's new PKU-ARM-ST-Nordic Smart Device Innovation Lab. The IoT Education Kit and the new innovation lab facility are both supported by ARM and semiconductor partners STMicroelectronics and Nordic. The kit contains ARM mbed Enabled boards from STMicroelectronics and Nordic Semiconductor, ARM Keil MDK software licenses, and a complete set of teaching materials. It is designed to help lecturers deliver practical lessons around key IoT technologies. This includes teaching students how to work with ARM mbed, the most widely-used developer platform for ARM Cortex-M processor based IoT devices. The course also provides a deep dive on technologies such as Bluetooth Smart and an understanding of current industry standards.

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