Holdings is moving beyond its portable-device niche
and is looking to move into the broader
digital-products category with a new family of chips.
ARM announced on Tuesday
at its first ARM Developers' Conference in Santa
Clara, Calif., the launch of its ARM Cortex M3
processor. The new design is meant for a broad array
of devices from low- to high-end digital devices.
The M3 is the first in a
larger family of Cortex chips that will come out
during the next three years. It gives manufacturers a
foundation on which to build, aiming to reduce product
development costs and time. The A and R Series will
round out the Cortex family of chips and will be for
more specialized uses, the company said.
"The object is to
get our technology at the heart of advanced digital
products," said Warren East, chief executive of
the Cambridge, Mass.-based company.
ARM has been widely known
for its expertise in chips for portable devices. The
company licenses its designs and patents to chipmakers
that, in turn, make or sell semiconductors under their
Earlier Tuesday, the
company reported strong third-quarter results that
beat forecasts. The company predicted revenue growth
for this year, despite a slowdown in the rest of the
chip industry. Chief Financial Officer Tim Score
attributed the third-quarter results to revenue growth
and careful management of costs.
The M3 chip is available
now, while development tools will be released to ARM
customers by the third quarter of 2005. The M3 chips
take up less silicon area than previous ARM designs,
so devices can be physically smaller, according to the