Momentum Builds for the Next Generation of ARM Processors

CAMBRIDGE, England — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 1, 2014 — ARM® is celebrating the signing of the 50th licensing agreement for its ARMv8-A technology, which includes support for 64-bit computing. A total of 27 companies have signed agreements for the company’s ARMv8-A technology as industry momentum builds for greater compute capability across a wide range of applications. The ARMv8-A silicon partners include:

  • All of the top 10 companies who sell application processors for smartphones
  • 9 of the top 10 application processor companies for tablets
  • 4 of the top 5 companies that provide chips for consumer electronics (including DTV and STB)
  • 4 of the top 5 companies that provide chips for enterprise networking and servers
  • 8 silicon vendors from Greater China

The 50th licensing agreement demonstrates the continuing strength in demand for the company’s 64-bit-capable ARM Cortex®-A50 processor family and ARMv8 architecture licenses which will serve future digital devices and infrastructure deployments coping with more complex applications within strict power budgets.

“ARMv8-A technology brings multiple benefits, including 64-bit capability alongside improved efficiency of existing 32-bit applications,” said Noel Hurley, general manager, processor division, ARM. “Tablets and smartphones are quickly replacing PCs for many tasks and the ARMv8-A Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53-based chips developed by our Partners support this transition with important enhancements in performance and efficiency. These ARMv8-A platforms are also fully backward compatible and will efficiently execute over a million 32-bit apps and extensive software assets already in use.”

The company began developing its ARMv8-A architecture design in 2007 as it foresaw the need for more powerful and energy efficient processors. First announced in November 2011, the cumulative 50 licenses are now spread across ARMv8-A architecture and ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors. This is ensuring a vibrant and diverse roadmap for a new range of mobile and connected devices and infrastructure equipment.

ARM has signed more than 1100 license agreements for its processor designs and is working with around 350 international firms producing silicon chips for a range of devices from sensors to servers. The company announced recently that the 50 billionth chip containing an ARM processor had been shipped by partners and the momentum in 64-bit ARM architecture is a key component in the journey toward the next 100 billion chips.

Notes to Editors

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ARM launches Cortex-A50 Series, the world’s most energy-efficient 64-bit processors

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Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 Processor

STMicroelectronics to spearhead deployment of the ARM Cortex-A57 processor - featuring ARM 64-bit technology - for next-generation application-specific IC solutions

About ARMv8-A

The ARMv8-A architecture introduces 64-bit support to the ARM architecture with a focus on power-efficient implementation while maintaining compatibility with existing 32-bit software. By adopting a clean approach, the ARMv8-A processors such as the ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, extend the performance range available while maintaining the low-power consumption characteristics of the ARM processors that will power tomorrow's most innovative and efficient devices.

About ARM

ARM is at the heart of the world's most advanced digital products. Our technology enables the creation of new markets and transformation of industries and society. We design scalable, energy efficient-processors and related technologies to deliver the intelligence in applications ranging from sensors to servers, including smartphones, tablets, enterprise infrastructure and the Internet of Things.

Our innovative technology is licensed by ARM Partners who have shipped more than 50 billion System on Chip (SoCs) containing our intellectual property since the company began in 1990. Together with our Connected Community, we are breaking down barriers to innovation for developers, designers and engineers, ensuring a fast, reliable route to market for leading electronics companies. Learn more and join the conversation at

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