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2 June, 2014 - 08:32 By Tony Quested

ARM in Taiwan power play


Cambridge technology powerhouse ARM is investing in a new CPU design centre in Taiwan – placing it at the core of Asia’s processing heartland.

The move puts the UK superchip architect in pole position to exploit one of the world’s most exciting emerging markets.

The new CPU hub will be at the Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan and has been welcomed by the Taiwanese government.

It is ARM’s first CPU design centre in Asia and will focus on the design, verification and delivery of the ARM® Cortex®-M processor series targeted at the Internet of Things (IoT), wearables and embedded applications markets.

ARM CEO, Simon Segars said the development formed a key plank of the company’s global growth strategy in burgeoning vertical markets. He said: “Close proximity to key semiconductor and ecosystem partners and high-calibre local engineering talent makes Taiwan an ideal location for us to expand our CPU design activities.

“The new design centre will have a particular focus on the development of ARM Cortex-M processors which are the market-leading design choice for IoT products. Establishing a new, world-class CPU design team in Taiwan will allow us to work even more closely with key regional partners seeking to accelerate this market.”

The news was welcomed by Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

“Taiwan’s semiconductor industry is playing a leading and strategic role in the global market,” said San-Cheng Chang, minister of science and technology, MOST, Taiwan.

“The Ministry has been working closely with Taiwan’s technology industry to foster incubation of advanced technologies and nurture growth of the talent pool and we are pleased to witness ARM establishing its first CPU design center in Taiwan, endorsing Taiwan’s strong talent and well-established industry chain.”

The new facility is slated to open at the end of 2014 and will create highly skilled microprocessor design opportunities for the technical community in the region.

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