s for third parties. Acquisitions In February 2015, the company purchased the entire share capital of Wicentric, Inc., a provider of Bluetooth Smart software solutions focused on enabling the development of low-power wireless products. In April 2015, the company purchased the entire share capital of Sunrise Micro Devices, Inc., a provider of radio IP solutions, including a pre-qualified, self-contained radio block and related firmware to simplify radio deployment. In July 2015, the company purchased the entire share capital of Discretix Inc (trading as Sansa Security, Inc.), a provider of hardware security IP and software for advanced system-on-chip components deployed in IoT and mobile devices. In October 2015, the company acquired the trade and certain assets of Carbon Design Systems Inc., a major supplier of cycle-accurate virtual prototyping solutions. Strategy The company’s strategy is to create technology that resides at the heart of advanced digital products. It is the company’s strategy for its IP to be used by the world’s leading semiconductor providers to create these digital products. The company’s strategy includes leveraging partner alliances; increased availability of third-party support of arm technology; focusing on needs of systems companies; and strategic involvement in related products and services. Patent and IP Protection As of December 31, 2015, the company held 1,359 U.S. patents in various aspects of its technology; and 1,366 non-U.S. patents with expiration dates ranging from 2016 to 2034. The company also had 1,851 patent applications pending worldwide. Research and Development In 2015, the company’s research and development costs were approximately £278.0 million. Significant Events In March 2016, ARM and TSMC announced a multi-year agreement to collaborate on a 7nm FinFET process technology which includes a design solution for future low-power, high-performance compute SoCs. In May 2016, Advanced Micro Devices, ARM, Huawei, IBM, Mellanox, Qualcomm Technologies Inc, and Xilinx, Inc. have joined forces to bring a high-performance open acceleration framework to data centers. The companies are collaborating on the specification for the new Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators (CCIX). For the first time in the industry, a single interconnect technology specification will ensure that processors using different instruction set architectures (ISA) can coherently share data with accelerators and enable efficient heterogeneous computing – significantly improving compute efficiency for servers running data center workloads. In June 2016, Marvell has announced that it has collaborated with ARM to introduce Marvell's ARMADA 8040 networking community board, a widely available software development platform. Targeting OpenDataPlane (ODP), OpenFastPath (OFP) and ARM network functions virtualization (NFV) ecosystem communities, the ARMADA 8040 is based on a quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 processor and includes full CPU and I/O virtualization, an advanced networking packet processor and rich connectivity. History ARM Holdings plc was founded in 1990.
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