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VMTS and ARM Collaborate On Next-Generation, High-Speed, Feature-Rich Mobile Phones

17 November 2005

VMTS has licensed the ARM926EJ-S processor to bring high-performance, low-power, cost-efficient mobile solutions to market

PARIS, FRANCE, AND CAMBRIDGE, UK – Nov. 17, 2005 – VMTS and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] today announced at the ARM Connected Community Technical Symposium, Paris  France, that VMTS’ next-generation mobile silicon, protocol software and applications solutions will incorporate the ARM926EJ-S™ processor to develop high- performance, low-power and cost-efficient mobile solutions. 

VMTS specializes in the development of GSM/GPRS, EDGE and WCDMA wireless platforms, and will integrate the ARM926EJ-S processor in its V2751 baseband for E-Vision EDGE and U-Vision UTMS solutions. The E-Vision solution will be available on the market for mass production by February 2006.

“VMTS chose the fully-synthesizable ARM926EJ-S processor because of its optimal silicon efficiency while delivering the highest performance and longest battery life for a wireless system,” said Simon Tchedikian, program manager, VMTS.  “For our E-Vision solution, the ARM926EJ-S processor enables us to achieve a faster time-to-market, which in turn benefits our customers by reducing the whole product development cycle for next-generation wireless devices.”

“The ARM® architecture is the most trusted and widely deployed architecture for mobile products in the world,” said Rob Coombs, director, mobile solutions, ARM.  “By incorporating the ARM926EJ-S processor in their next-generation mobile solutions, VMTS is providing consumers with the capability to run multiple, feature-rich applications on mobile phones with a minimal drain on power, paving the way for next-generation handsets.”

VK Mobile is already using VMTS G-Vision solution in its current GPRS handsets and has started development of new EDGE line-up based on VMTS E-Vision solution. The VMTS G-Vision reference design is based on the VMTS V250G baseband which includes the ARM946ES™ processor. The G-Vision solution provides a well integrated and cost-effective solution for VK GPRS handsets. The E-Vision solution with the ARM926EJ-S processor brings high performance and more multimedia features for the new generation of VK EDGE handsets, which are targeted at the European, Asia Pacific and US markets.

“VMTS’ ARM Powered® solutions enable manufacturers like us to rapidly develop and produce leading mobile handsets for wireless markets,” said Joon-Ho Jung, CTO, VK Corporation. “VMTS and ARM technology secures VK mobile handset development cycles with an ideal reuse grade and faster time-to-market. We can absolutely deliver a seamless product on demand to our customers.”

The VMTS E-Vision EDGE solution provides the most integrated and adaptive technology for a wide range of mobile phones from mid-range to advanced high-end models. E-Vision solution uses the latest VMTS V2751 EDGE base-band chip. The V2751 solution brings reliable modem technology with high-performance multimedia features in one single chip. Its state-of-the-art protocol stacks support quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) operation for GSM/GPRS/EDGE and is dual-mode upgradeable with W-CDMA coprocessor.

The ARM926EJ-S processor is fully synthesizable and features a Jazelle® technology-enhanced 32-bit RISC CPU, flexible size instruction and data caches, tightly coupled memory (TCM) interfaces and memory management unit (MMU).  The ARM926EJ-S processor implements the ARMv5TEJ architecture, which includes 16-bit fixed point DSP instructions to enhance performance of many signal processing algorithms and applications as well as supporting Thumb® and Java bytecode execution.

About VMTS
VMTS specializes in the development of GSM/GPRS, EDGE and WCDMA platforms and enables manufacturers to rapidly develop and produce leading mobile handsets for wireless markets. VMTS was founded in 2004 by the VK Corporation and is headquartered in Paris, France. The VMTS team has world leading expertise in semiconductor design, wireless protocol, wireless algorithm development and system integration. VMTS provides integrated and pre-certified reference designs, together with protocol and device software. Through seamless integration in wireless end-products, VMTS technology addresses its customers key  requirements, which are product differentiation and improved time-to-market. More information on VMTS is available at http://www.vmts.com.

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, 3D processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products. Combined with the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.

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