Motorola licenses ARM processor cores

Motorola Inc. announced Monday it has licensed the ARM range of 16-bit and 32-bit processors from U.K.-based ARM Ltd. for use in its DigitalDNA embedded processor portfolio.

ARM’s microprocessor core designs are noted for combining high performance with a small die size, low power consumption and multiple supply sources, said Motorola in a statement.

The ARM processor cores will join Motorola’s PowerPC, M-Core, and ColdFire families of 32-bit embedded processors, enabling customers to use ARM’s software and tools portfolios in combination with Motorola’s systems, the company said.

Over the next 12 months, Motorola plans to introduce chipsets, software, development tools and reference platforms for wireless applications based on the ARM architecture.

Microprocessors with ARM’s RISC (reduced instruction set computing) core design are currently used in products ranging from mobile phone handsets to GPS (global positioning system) units. Other ARM licensees include IBM Corp. and Agilent Technologies Inc.

ARM, in Cambridge, U.K., can be reached at http://www.arm.com/. Motorola, in Schaumburg, Illinois, can be reached at http://www.mot.com/.