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ARM Announces Two Additions To Design Center Program

22 March 2004

CAMBRIDGE, UK; TAIPEI, TAIWAN; AND SEOUL, KOREA – Mar. 22, 2004 – Goyatek Technology, Inc., a leading provider of ASIC design services headquartered in Taiwan, SangHwa Micro Technology (SMT), a leading provider of ASIC design services headquartered in Korea, and ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], the industry’s leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, today announced that Goyatek and SMT have become the newest members of the ARM® Approved Design Center Program. Goyatek becomes the fifth Taiwanese company to join the Program; SMT is the second Korean company to join the Program. Goyatek and SMT will provide ASIC and SoC design services along with IP/Library support for OEM’s and fabless companies in their respective regions.

The global trend toward outsourcing ASIC design and the emergence of the fabless ASIC model of activity has created a growing need for design centers with a track record of proficiency. The ARM Approved Design Center Program provides a framework for selecting proven design centers equipped with the ARM technology necessary for complex system-on-chip (SoC) designs. In addition, the participation of Goyatek and SMT participation in the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Design Center Alliance Program will enable them to further streamline production for local customers that use ARM IP and TSMC silicon fabrication services.

“Offering our Partners a wide range of trusted design providers is integral to ensuring they can maximize the quality of their ARM Powered® SoC designs while minimizing their time-to-market,” said Sam Kim, president of ARM.  “Goyatek’s and SMT’s demonstrated expertise and strong relationships with ARM Foundry Program Partner TSMC, ensure that SoC developers working with ARM cores will be well served by these design centers. The continued expansion of our programs throughout Asia demonstrates our sustained momentum in this region.”

“ARM microprocessor cores are the industry standard. Our membership in the ARM Approved Design Center Program elevates our profile within the community of SoC developers, who must minimize risks when selecting design partners,” said Just Chang, president, Goyatek. 

“ARM’s comprehensive support network and Partner relationships, combined with our design expertise, gives our customers a strong competitive advantage,” said, K.Y. Lee, president, SMT.  “Our membership in the ARM Approved Design Center Program communicates to customers that we are committed to getting the best possible product to market in the shortest possible time.”

About the ARM Approved Design Center Program
ARM Approved Design Center 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 ARM Approved Design Center Program also provides additional benefits such as geographic and time-zone locality and local language support. For more information on the ARM Approved Design Center Program, please email info@arm.com or visit the ARM website. 

For more information on the ARM Approved Design Center Program, please email info@arm.com or visit the website at www.arm.com.

About ARM
ARM [(LSE: ARM; Nasdaq: ARMHY)] 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 Goyatek
Goyatek Technology Inc. was founded in 1998. As a member of the design center alliance of TSMC, Goyatek offers a full spectrum SoC design service to TSMC's customers and electronics companies through RTL sign-off, Place and Route, SoC integration, DFT, ASIC turnkey production and IP services. Goyatek passed the certification of ISO 9001:2000 in May 2001. Through an alliance with MOSIS, a leading Multi-project Wafer (MPW) service partner, Goyatek provides stable, reliable and cost-effective MPW solutions. Goyatek provides quality services to its customers with add-on value in circuit design, IP development service, ASIC service, Turnkey service, and time to market production control. Headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan with worldwide offices in San Jose and Shanghai, Goyatek has approximately 70 employees. For more information, please visit the web site at www.goya.com.tw.

About SMT
SMT was established in early 1997 to create ASIC and SoC design service business in Korea.  SMT is dedicated to offer our high quality design service and best solution to create value-added ASIC and System On a Chip (SoC) products to our customers.  

SMT, a leading world-class ASIC/SoC semiconductor chip development company, has been proving its customers with superior supports including accumulated design know-how, constant and reliable technical service, and competitive mass production support using the world best TSMC foundry service, and so on. In September of 2002, SMT was designated as an official Korea DCA(Design Center Alliance)partner of TSMC. For more information, please feel free to visit our company web site (www.shmt.co.kr).

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