ARM Licenses SecurCore SC300 Processor to Toshiba for Secure Applications

CAMBRIDGE, England — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 30, 2009 ARM (LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMH) today announced it has licensed the ARM® SecurCore® SC300™ processor to Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) for use in future embedded security applications. The SC300 processor is based upon the popular Cortex™-M3 processor

“By licensing the ARM SecurCore SC300 processor, we will be able to provide our customers with a range of innovative smartcard IC solutions,” said Tatsuo Noguchi, SoC Technology executive of Semiconductor Company, Toshiba Corporation. “Toshiba plans to combine high performance and low-power 32-bit ARM SecurCore processors with our established capabilities in semiconductors for mobile phone handsets and security systems to deliver the most advanced secure solutions for tomorrow’s applications.”

“From credit cards, to mobile phone SIM cards, e-passports and identity cards, smartcards have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives,” said Takafumi Nishijima, President ARM Japan. “As smartcards are required to support more complex applications and security features, the market will continue to shift from 8-bit to 32-bit processors. The Cortex-M3 processor-based SecurCore SC300 processor provides great system performance with very low power consumption, and vastly simplifies the migration to 32-bit smartcard platforms through a familiar programming environment.”

The ARM Cortex-M3 processor, which forms the foundation of the SecurCore SC300 processor, was specifically developed to target the low-cost requirements of a broad range of markets and applications where memory and processor size significantly impact device costs. The Cortex-M3 processor brings together multiple technologies to reduce memory size while delivering industry-leading performance in a small power efficient RISC core and delivers an ideal platform to accelerate the migration of thousands of applications around the globe from legacy components to 32-bit microcontrollers.

The SC300 processor combines the proven security features of ARM SecurCore processors, currently the most widely-licensed 32-bit RISC CPU for smartcards worldwide, with the processing performance of the Cortex-M3 processor. This assures full compatibility with other ARM processors as well as direct and immediate support from the ARM RealView® Microcontroller Development Kit which is ideal for developing the firmware that will run on smartcards.

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ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at

ARM, SecurCore and Thumb are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. Cortex and SC300 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 Limited.; ARM Taiwan Limited; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; ARM Germany GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; ARM Norway, AS; and ARM Sweden AB.


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