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AIL Joins The ARM Technology Access Program

22 October 2003

CAMBRIDGE, UK and TOKYO, JAPAN – Oct. 22, 2003 – ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, and AIL, an LSI design company, today announced that AIL has joined the ARM® technology access program (ATAPTM). Under this agreement, AIL will provide SoC designs based on the ARM® core with specifications for low-power consumption, small area and high speed. As a leading university-launched venture company in the semiconductor industry, AIL is positioned to convert the fruits of its research in LSI design technology rapidly into working technologies.

With the addition of AIL to the ATAP program, this brings the number of participants in Japan to five, further enhancing ARM design services in Japan. This also demonstrates the increasing demand for solution services for ARM core-based system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

"With our Hyper-LSI DesignTM technology, which combines power-efficiency, area reduction, and speed improvement of LSI logic circuits, AIL has seen many successful applications of highly-optimized LSI designs, mainly in mobile phones and digital home electronics," said Kazuo Taki, representative director, AIL. "Joining the ATAP program will enable AIL to provide ARM Partners with highly optimized implementations of ARM CPU cores, as well as SoC designs including these cores, thanks to the design technology and expertise we have fostered."

"AIL bring their extensive experience in silicon design tuning technologies to ARM core based SoC design" said David Lewis, ATAP program manager at ARM. "By using these technologies, AIL will provide high value-added design solutions to ARM Partners and OEMs, such as outstanding SoC performance, significant reductions in power consumption, lower costs due to reduced silicon area, and other benefits."

About the ATAP Program
ATAP design Partners must go through a strict qualification process to become an ARM Approved Design Center. This includes a design flow audit, training on implementing designs with ARM cores, tools, AMBA™ interface peripherals and development techniques. Each Design Center must demonstrate its own unique skills in specific technology domains, as well as end-market expertise. The ATAP program also provides additional benefits such as geographic and time-zone locality and local language support. For more information on the ATAP program, please email info@arm.com or visit the ARM website.

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-on-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 such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com/ .

About AIL (AIL Co., Ltd.)
AIL is technology-oriented company founded in 1995 with collaboration with Kobe University. AIL holds its own LSI design methodology and patented library technology for low power, small layout area and high speed LSI design. AIL provides highly optimized LSI design services especially on hard macro core design.
There are already many actual designs in market, e.g. a matched filter core for the 3G cellular phone LSI (1/4 power consumption and 1/3 layout area of that of a conventional design), a read channel core for the DVD front end LSI (40% speed up), high speed or low power ARM CPU cores and DSP cores, etc.
AIL currently covers core development which will be built in SoC of digital appliances and cellular phones, and it is expanding services to a total SoC design further. More information on AIL is available at http://www.ailabo.co.jp .

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"Hyper-LSI Design" is a trademark of AIL Co., Ltd.