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VIA Telecom Licenses ARM Core for CDMA Design

01 October 2003

SAN DIEGO, CA AND CAMBRIDGE UK – Oct. 1, 2003- VIA Telecom, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of CDMA chipsets, and ARM [LSE: ARM; Nasdaq: ARMHY], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, today announced that VIA Telecom has licensed the ARM7TDMI® microprocessor core.

Using ARM® technology, VIA Telecom can provide mobile phone customers with high-powered, energy-efficient solutions that reduce overall product size and power consumption while increasing reliability. It will also enable baseband processors designed to meet or exceed the specifications of mobile stations for worldwide 3G CDMA systems as specified by IS-2000 standards.

"As a standard for wireless applications, ARM's processor technology provides the strongest foundation for VIA Telecom's next generation of single-chip CDMA baseband processors," said Ker Zhang, CEO of VIA Telecom, Inc. "The high performance and low-power consumption qualities of the industry-leading ARM7TDMI core enables us to provide wireless equipment manufacturers with innovative solutions that expedite time-to-market and minimize production costs."

"VIA Telecom's position as one of the foremost suppliers of CDMA baseband processor solutions and its selection of the ARM architecture further underscores the ARM core's status as the industry benchmark," said John Rayfield, VP of US Marketing, ARM. "The ARM7TDMI core will enable them to provide a low-power single baseband solution without sacrificing the performance required for next-generation wireless applications. VIA Telecom will also be able to take advantage of the support for the wide range of applications software and tools made available to them by ARM."

VIA Telecom's single-chip CBP4.0 CDMA Baseband Processor is the industry's most integrated single chip baseband processor solutions, providing a complete 3G cdma2000® Release 0 solution; it is also backwards-compatible to IS-95B and integrates mixed signal analog and digital functionality with a seamless interface to multiple RF components from the industry's leading suppliers.

About ARM
ARM is the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions. The company licenses its high-performance, low-cost, power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals, and system-chip designs to leading international electronics companies. ARM also provides comprehensive support required in developing a complete system. ARM's microprocessor cores are rapidly becoming a volume RISC standard in markets such as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions.

About VIA Telecom, Inc.
VIA Telecom, Inc., a privately held fabless semiconductor company headquartered in San Diego, California, is a leading innovator and developer of CDMA chipsets. VIA Telecom's single-chip CDMA baseband processors support IS-95 and CDMA2000 technologies and are used in 3G voice, data, and GPS-enabled devices. In addition to its powerful chipsets, VIA Telecom also offers a software development package including protocol stack software, customizable user interface, software diagnostic tools, and test support.

VIA Telecom design centers are located in San Diego and Fremont, California; Taipei, Taiwan; and Hangzhou, China. Sales and marketing offices are located in the United States, Taiwan, China and Korea. Additional information is available at www.via-telecom.com or by e-mail: marketing@via-telecom.com.

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