NXP licenses ARM Cortex™-M0 Processor

February 23, 2009

Latest ARM Cortex processor combines 32-bit performance with ultra-low power

NXP, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, today announced that it will be the first ARM Partner to license the new ARM® CortexTM-M0 processor. The Cortex-M0 processor is the smallest, lowest power and most energy efficient processor available from ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMH)]. NXP intends to use the Cortex-M0 processor for a wide range of applications. Its compact size, energy efficiency and performance make it ideal for power management tasks in SoCs, ASSPs, and stand-alone microcontrollers. Potential applications include battery-powered consumer devices, advanced utility metering, lighting, intelligent power and motor control.

“This licensing agreement enables NXP to continue to lead in the MCU market place and provide a continuum of ARM technology-based processors to meet various performance, power, and price needs” said Geoff Lees, vice president and general manager, Microcontroller Division, NXP Semiconductors. “The Cortex-M0 processor is the new entry level solution offering customers ease of use through its very small Thumb® compatible instruction set, and low cost industry standard development tools.”

NXP’s industry leading ARM microcontroller portfolio is based around the already well established cores from the ARM7TDMI®, the ARM968™, the ARM926™, to the Cortex-M3 processors. This award winning product range includes the widest range of USB peripherals in the industry, the only Cortex-M3 microcontroller operating at 100 MHz, and the first device to offer high bandwidth performance with Ethernet, USB, and CAN.

About NXP Semiconductors

NXP is a leading semiconductor company founded by Philips more than 50 years ago. Headquartered in Europe, the company has about 33,500 employees working in more than 20 countries and posted sales of USD 6.3 billion (including the Mobile & Personal business) in 2007. NXP creates semiconductors, system solutions and software that deliver better sensory experiences in TVs, set-top boxes, identification applications, mobile phones, cars and a wide range of other electronic devices. News from NXP is located at www.nxp.com.

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