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ARM reports finger Apple as ‘long term architecture licensee’

Apple’s clear interest in securing the rights to develop custom mobile processors based on the ARM platform appear to sync with comments made in financial reports published earlier today.

ARM Holdings plc, the group responsible for licensing ARM mobile microprocessor designs to hundreds of chip designers and manufacturers, disclosed in its Second Quarter earnings a deal with “a leading handset manufacturer,” which many observers believe to be Apple.

The report noted that “Q2 also included four significant licenses with major OEMs,” including “a leading handset OEM who bought a long-term architecture license to ARM’s current and future technology for use in mobile computing.” The report also included and aerospace OEM, a “leading consumer electronics OEM,” and networking giant Cisco.

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  • http://www.jphotog.com ewelch

    A license for a technology doesn’t mean they’re going to use ARM hardware, though, does it? Couldn’t it mean they’re simply avoiding a lawsuit?

  • chelgrian

    ARM’s business is licensing its own implementations of the ARM architecture as “soft” IP to be incorporated into system on chip products and licensing the right to create new implementations of the ARM architecture via “Architecture” licenses.

    Apple already use ARMs in iPods, iPhone etc. the designs for which are licensed by the suppliers of the chips used.

    The “avoiding a lawsuit” theory therefore makes no sense as they don’t do anything that would attract one.

  • beanie

    I would say it is unlikely Apple is one of the four vaguely described licensees. Let us take a look at the table “Q2 2008 PD Licensing Analysis” which appeared below the blurb about licensees. Under the “Term” column there is one license for Mali, one license for Cortex-M3, and two for ARM9.

    The Mali license is Cisco. I believe Atmel, Zilog and Arrow licensed Cortex-M3 in the 2nd quarter which account for the 3 total Cortex-M3 licenses. So one of them upgraded to a Cortex-M3 term license. That leaves the two ARM9 term licenses.

    So would Apple license ARM9? Probably not.

  • chelgrian

    Reading the licensing analysis it doesn’t include any information about architecture licenses only licenses for ARM designed implementations therefore your reasoning based on that table is flawed.