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ARM buys advanced display technology from Cadence

Looks to improve its mobile processor offerings
Tue Sep 03 2013, 16:55
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CHIP DESIGNER ARM announced the acquisition of electronic design firm Cadence's PANTA display controller core technology on Tuesday to improve its mobile processor designs.

The collaboration between ARM and Cadence involves ARM buying the display technology firm's PANTA high-resolution display processor and scaling coprocessor IP cores.

In a statement, ARM said these are targeted at advanced multimedia applications for mobile devices with ultra-low power consumption. The chip designer said it bought the graphics chip technology to "improve its mobile processor offerings".

"Display technology is critical to the mobile consumer's user experience," said ARM EVP and general manager of its media processing division Pete Hutton.

"The addition of the PANTA family of display cores to the ARM product portfolio will help our ecosystem of partners get to market quickly with high-end displays that are fully integrated with ARM's leading Mali graphics and video solutions and protected with ARM Trustzone security," he added.

ARM posted a decline in profits in July to £15m for its second quarter citing litigation costs, despite posting a steep increase in revenues.

ARM's second quarter financials highlighted that the firm is riding high on the consumer electronics boom. The firm reported a 24 percent jump in revenues to £171.2m but took a hit in profits, with the modest figure of £15m brought down by patent litigation costs.

ARM said it incurred legal costs of £41.8m in the second quarter, which the firm called its "contribution to a full and final settlement of certain patent related litigation". ARM didn't say what firm(s) it was fighting in court and paid off. µ


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