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ARM SecurCore Family Supports Sun Microsystems's Java Card Technology

05 November 2002

ARM integrates Jazelle technology for Java Card technology acceleration into SecurCore microprocessors for next-generation smart cards

CAMBRIDGE, UK – Nov. 5, 2002 –ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor technology, today announced at Cartes 2002, Paris, that it has licensed Sun Microsystems'® Java Card™ technology, enabling it to optimize its ARM® Jazelle™ technology specifically for the Java Card platform. ARM has integrated the enhanced Jazelle technology into its SecurCore™ family of microprocessors, resulting in one of the smallest, highest performance and most tightly integrated Java Card acceleration technologies available to smart card developers today.

In July 2002, Clare Hirst and Andrew Phillips of Dataquest said, "About one-third of SIM cards shipped during 2001 contained the Java Card application programming interface. Smart card-based applications can be developed and validated more quickly with Java Card technology, reducing time-to-market for new smart card programs."

ARM's enhanced Jazelle technology offers an optimized combination of acceleration hardware and software. The hardware integrated into the ARM SecurCore SC200™ core consists of only 6K gates of logic. The core, when combined with the ARM Java Technology Kit (JTEK-JC) software acceleration technology, provides up to 10 times the level of performance of existing 8- and 16-bit solutions. Another key advantage of the Jazelle technology for highly power-constrained systems such as smart cards is to reduce the energy consumption for a typical Java Card application by up to 80 percent.

"The licensing of Java Card technology strengthens ARM's commitment to the Java platform and underscores the relationship between ARM and Sun," said Peter Cattaneo, director of Java Card Business and Solutions, Sun Microsystems. "This agreement will enable ARM to offer Jazelle acceleration on the Java Card platform, delivering a high-performance smart card solution, and fueling the growth of Java Card technology-enabled smart card deployments worldwide."

"The combination of Sun's Java Card technology, the industry's platform of choice for smart cards, and ARM's SecurCore family, the most widely available 32-bit RISC smart card solution on the market today, will help drive the next generation of smart card development," said Dominique Lutz, Secure segment manager, ARM. "Our collaboration with Sun has enabled us to better address our Partners' smart card technology requirements, and has allowed us to offer an integrated hardware/software solution that provides developers with the accelerated Java Card performance technology they need to meet growing consumer demands."

About SecurCore Family of Microprocessors
SecurCore technology targets the rapidly growing smart card market, enabling the development of fast, secure, ARM Powered® card-based solutions for a variety of applications including mobile communications, pay TV, financial systems, health care and identification. The synthesizable SecurCore family provides a high-performance, low-power microprocessor solution that includes innovative and integrated security features within the core.

Availability
The ARM SecurCore SC200 core and JTEK-JC acceleration technology are licensable now from ARM.

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.

 

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