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UMC expands ties on low-cost apps

TAIPEI -- British chip designer ARM Holdings PLC announced Tuesday an agreement on intellectual property (IP) with Taiwanese contract chip-maker United Microelectronics Crop. (UMC) to target cost-effective mobile applications.

ARM will offer its Artisan physical IP platform for UMC's 28-nanometer high-performance low-power (HLP) process technology under this agreement to support customers targeting a wide range of consumer applications, such as smartphones, tablets, wireless and digital home use, ARM said in a statement.

“We are excited to broaden our collaboration with ARM to further strengthen our 28 HLP platform with ARM's highly popular POP (Processor Optimization Pack) IP core-hardening acceleration technology,” said S.C. Chien, vice president of IP and Design Support Division at UMC.

The ARM POP IP for the ARM Cortex-A7 processor is designed for a system clock frequency of 1.2 gigahertz on UMC's 28 HLP platform, which began shipping last December. The energy-efficient Cortex-A7 processor has been broadly adopted in smartphones, tablets, digital televisions and other consumer products.

Dipesh Patel, executive vice president and general manager of ARM's Physical Design Group, said his company's cooperation with UMC will streamline the design flow so that their customers can “achieve world-class implementation and get to market in the shortest time possible.”

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