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Global Unichip Licenses Comprehensive ARM IP Portfolio

12 April 2010

Agreement includes broad range of ARM Cortex and Mali family processors  

HSINCHU, TAIWAN, AND CAMBRIDGE UK – April 12, 2010 - Global Unichip Corporation (GUC; TW:3443), a world-leading Fabless ASIC service provider, and ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMH)], today announced that GUC has licensed a comprehensive ARM IP portfolio including all the available ARM® Cortex™ and Mali™ family processors, a wide range of ARM Physical IP, system design IP including CoreSight™ debug and trace technology and AMBA®-compliant peripherals.  

By combining the highest quality IP from ARM with the fully verified SoC flow from GUC, the collaboration will help streamline and optimize the advanced SoC supply chain and speed up the development of next-generation internet-enabled devices for the cloud computing environment.  

“With the coming era of cloud computing, connectivity and energy efficiency is critical for end devices to be able to deliver content anywhere, anytime. Consumers today desire their devices to be “always on” without worrying about battery life while at the same time delivering superior multimedia features and a high quality entertainment experience,” said Jim Lai, president of GUC. “This agreement with ARM will enable us to accelerate the time-to-market for device manufacturers aiming to meet these demands.”  

“This partnership with a recognizable market leader in IC design service will help enable ARM’s vision of ‘Internet Everywhere’ by providing a consistent experience across a wide range of mobile devices with multiple screen sizes,” said Eric Schorn, vice president of marketing, Processor Division, ARM. “By taking advantage of a comprehensive ARM IP portfolio, GUC customers will be able to develop next-generation, low-power, connected devices delivering a compelling multimedia experience.”    

About GUC
Global Unichip Corp. (GUC), a dedicated full service Fabless ASIC provider based in Taiwan, was founded in 1998. GUC is now publicly traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under the symbol 3443 with annual sales close to 300MUSD. GUC provides total solutions from silicon-proven IPs to complex time-to-market SoC turnkey services. GUC is committed to providing the most advanced and the best price-performance silicon solutions through close partnership with TSMC, GUC’s major shareholder, and other key packaging and testing power houses. With state of the art EDA tools, advanced methodologies, and experienced technical team, GUC ensures the highest quality and lowest risks to achieve first silicon success. GUC has established a global customer base throughout Greater China, Japan, Korea, North America, and Europe. Its track-record in complex SoC designs has brought benefits to customers in time to revenue at the lowest risk.  

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 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and 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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ARM and AMBA are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. Cortex, Mali. MPCore and CoreSight are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. “ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM Inc.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Limited.; ARM Taiwan Limited; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; ARM Germany GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; ARM Norway, AS and ARM Sweden AB.    

Contact Details:

Alan TringhamARM       
Tel:  +44 (0)1223 400947 
Email: alan.tringham@arm.com 

Keh-Ching Huang Global Unichip Corp.
Tel: +886 (0) 3 5646600 x 6955
Email: kurt.huang@globalunichip.com