Oki, ARM Create RealView Developer Kit for Oki Microcontrollers

4/25/2003 - Oki Semiconductor, a leading technology partner for the new era of digital communications and convergence, and ARM, [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor technology, announced at the Embedded Systems Conference, the development of the ARM® RealView® Developer Kit for Oki, designed specifically by ARM Ltd. as a complete, low-cost solution for Oki's advantage microcontrollerTM family of general-purpose MCU products. The ARM RealView Developer Kit for Oki, in combination with the ARM7TM core family-based ML674K and ML675K series of microcontrollers, is aimed at designers seeking 32-bit CPU performance at a price that is highly competitive with 8-bit and 16-bit products.

The ARM RealView Developer Kit for Oki, configured for Oki's advantage microcontroller family, is a comprehensive tools package for writing, compiling, debugging and integrating systems based on Oki's ARM7 family-based general purpose microcontroller products. The kit is based on components of the ARM RealView development solution, with functionality tailored to the specific requirements of Oki advantage microcontroller products, at a price that is extremely attractive to designers who are used to low-cost tools solutions. The RealView Developer Kit reduces the barrier of entry to development tools for a large segment of the market, and is expected to enable many companies to switch from proprietary designs to ARM solutions.

"This announcement further strengthens Oki's strategy for enabling our customers to make the transition from proprietary 8-bit and 16-bit CPU designs to MCUs based on the industry's leading 32-bit RISC architecture," said Mitchell Le, senior product marketing manager, Oki Semiconductor. "Our affordable general purpose advantage microcontrollers, based on the ARM7 family, combined with a specially designed and low cost ARM RealView Developer Kit, offers an extremely compelling solution to any designer seeking an optimal combination of performance and price."

The ARM RealView development solution provides a complete solution for creating applications for the ARM architecture, and is comprised of RealView Compilation Tools, a powerful GUI-based RealView Debugger, and the RealView ARMulator® instruction set simulator. The complementary ARM RealView ICE Micro Edition module provides JTAG run control through a standard 8 MHz JTAG TAP at data rates of 100 KB/second. The industry-leading optimization facilities of the RealView Compilation Tools helps the developer to reduce system memory cost, through smaller code size and increased system performance without a dramatic increase in power consumption.

"Oki's introduction of the ARM7 core-based advantage microcontroller products takes advantage of the migration from 16- to 32-bit microcontrollers. Now, by offering this low-cost ARM RealView Developer Kit for Oki, they will be able to provide their customers with even greater benefits," said Brian McAllister, worldwide business development manager, Development Systems, ARM. "Designers of Oki-based ARM Powered® systems will realize improvements in performance, efficiency and time-to-market at an attractive price point as a result of using our RealView development solution."

On February 10, 2003, Oki announced the ML674001, ML67Q4002 and ML67Q4003 as part of a strategy to make its ARM7 core-based family of microcontrollers the new standard for low-cost MCU design, much like the 8051 set the standard for the 8-bit architecture. The new ML674K series of MCU solutions, and Oki's newly introduced ML675K series with even higher performance, provide better alternatives to proprietary architecture in great part because of the higher performance, wider industry support, more ready-to-use software applications and a range of tools from third-party vendors.

The ARM RealView Developer Kit for Oki will be available in June 2003 for Oki Semiconductor's ML674000, ML674001, ML67Q4002, ML67Q4003, ML675001, ML67Q5002, ML67Q5003 MCUs. Further discounted pricing is available for a 45-day evaluation period.

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-on-chip (SoC) 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 Oki Semiconductor
Building on Oki's century-long commitment to communications technologies and markets, Oki Semiconductor designs and markets a broad line of advanced integrated circuits for telecommunications, automotive, computer and consumer products. Oki's product lines include telecommunications, RF, speech synthesis, ASIC, microcontroller, display drivers, and memory devices, offered in a variety of creative packages. Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Oki Semiconductor is a division of Oki America Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oki Electric Industry Co, Ltd. Oki has ISO-9000 and QS9000-certified manufacturing facilities in Japan and Thailand. Information on Oki Semiconductor and its products is available through its web site at: www.okisemi.com/us.

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