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Esmertec and ARM Collaborate to Optimize Java Application Performance in Wireless and Embedded Devices

17 November 2004

Consumers to benefit from fast, low latency multimedia Java applications

DUEBENDORF-ZURICH, SWITZERLAND AND CAMBRIDGE, UK – Nov. 17, 2004 – Esmertec™, a leading provider of software solutions for mobile phones and embedded devices, and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], today announced at the European ARM Technology Congress in Paris, France, that Esmertec will provide optimized software support for the ARM® Jazelle® technology into its Jbed™ Advanced family of Java™ solutions. This agreement forms part of a broader relationship between the two companies to further enhance Java performance on the ARM architecture.

Esmertec will add specific features coupling its high-performance Java compiler software with ARM Jazelle technology to Esmertec’s Jbed Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) and Connected Device Configuration (CDC) JVM platforms, to provide an optimized software solution for the widely deployed ARM Jazelle acceleration technology.

The solution will deliver a compelling user experience with multimedia applications for consumer products such as mobile phones, set-top boxes and other embedded devices.

“Consumer demand for rich media applications and functions such as game and video downloads will continue to drive Java technology’s momentum,” said Christophe Francois, senior vice president, Strategic Marketing, Esmertec. “Through this agreement, device manufacturers deploying ARM Jazelle technology will be able to leverage a best-in-class solution featuring Java multitasking and very fast application performance within a very low footprint and at very low power, to deliver the rich experience that end users are demanding on a variety of mobile and embedded devices.”
 
“Java technology continues to drive adoption of mobile data services, and is expected to reach 1.5 billion consumers by 2007,” said Chris Porthouse, Execution Environments product manager, ARM.  “As device manufacturers continue to introduce more complex Java technology enabled devices, issues such as speed performance and application start-time become paramount.  Esmertec is introducing innovative enhancements to tightly couple their compiler technology with Jazelle technology in their JVM and consumers will benefit from significant reductions in Java technology latency and improved system performance on feature-rich embedded devices.”

Pricing and Availability
Esmertec will support ARM Jazelle technology in its Jbed Advanced solutions from Q1 2005.

About Esmertec
Esmertec is a leading provider of software solutions and technologies for mobile phones, PDAs and embedded devices.  Esmertec’s solutions are applied in telecommunication, home-multimedia, machine-to-machine, consumer electronics and industrial automation markets.  Esmertec’s wireless Java (J2ME™) products and object-oriented platforms deliver high-performance computing on devices with minimal memory to chipset and embedded device manufacturers.  Founded in 1999, Esmertec is a global company headquartered in Zurich, with engineering, sales and customer support operations in Switzerland, France, Denmark, the UK, the USA, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan.
www.esmertec.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 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, peripherals, software and tools, combined with the company's broad Partner community, 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.

ENDS

ARM and Jazelle are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. JTEK is a trademark of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders.  “ARM” is used to represent ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM and Nasdaq: ARMHY); its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; and ARM Embedded Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Esmertec and Jbed are trademarks or registered trademarks of Esmertec AG.
Java and all Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Other company, product and service names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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