CoWare to Continue to Supply SystemC Models for ARM Processors

3/6/2006 - CoWare® Inc., the leading supplier of electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, announced today that it renewed its Model Distribution agreement with ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] to supply SystemC models for ARM® Intellectual Property (IP) to users of its ESL design tools. The agreement covers a broad range of ARM processor models from the ARM RealView Model Library including the ARM 7(tm), the ARM 9(tm), the ARM10(tm), the ARM11(tm) and the Cortex(tm) processor families. These can be integrated with the AMBA® 2 AHB(tm) and AMBA 3 AXI(tm) interconnect and PrimeCell® peripheral models. This secures the ongoing supply of SystemC models of ARM IP currently available in the CoWare Model Library for mutual customers of ARM and CoWare, as well as the timely provision of SystemC models for new IP in ARM's roadmap.

"We are currently designing SoCs with ARM processors and AMBA interconnect, using transaction-level SystemC models in CoWare's ESL tools," said Mr. Akira Usui, design manager, YAMAHA Corporation. "We are very pleased that ARM and CoWare have entered into this agreement so that we will be able to continue to receive models and support for ARM IP from CoWare."

"As system-on-chip complexity increases, ESL design is becoming more popular, and that requires IP models for the ESL design flow to be readily available", stated Tim Holden, director of EDA Services, ARM. "In addition to developing our own RealView® ESL tools, we have been working successfully with CoWare for many years. ARM is fully committed to ESL design and will continue to supply CoWare with ARM IP models from the ARM RealView Model Library in a timely manner, for the benefit of mutual customers."

"ARM processors continue to power the vast majority of mobile devices in high-volume consumer markets, where the need to work at the ES level to optimize designs for performance, low power, and cost is most acute," said AK Kalekos, vice president marketing and business development, CoWare. "Through our continuing strong relationship with ARM, we are able to provide models that significantly lower the barriers to adoption, to more quickly experience the benefits of ESL design."

ARM IP models for CoWare tools are exclusively available from and supported by CoWare. About 30 different SystemC models of ARM processors, interconnect, and peripheral IP are available today in the CoWare Model Library. New models are frequently added as they become available.

About CoWare
CoWare is the leading supplier of electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services. CoWare offers a comprehensive set of ESL tools that enable SoC developers to "differentiate by design" through the creation of system IP including embedded processors, on-chip buses, and DSP algorithms; the architecture of optimized SoC platforms; and hardware/software co-design. The company's solutions are based on open industry standards including SystemC. CoWare's customers are major systems, semiconductor, and IP companies in the market where consumer electronics, computing, and communications converge. CoWare's corporate investors include ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], Cadence Design Systems (Nasdaq: CDNS), STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), and Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE). CoWare is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices around the world.

ARM, AMBA, RealView and PrimeCell are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. ARM7, ARM9, ARM10, ARM11, AXI and Cortex 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 Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; AXYS Design Automation Inc.; AXYS GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM Physical IP, Inc. CoWare is a registered trademark of CoWare, Inc.

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