CAMBRIDGE, UK and TOKYO Japan, Mar. 4, 2009 - ARM [(LSE:ARM) (Nasdaq:ARMH)] and eSOL Co., Ltd, today announced that
ARM has made a strategic investment in eSOL Co., Ltd , a leading Japanese
embedded software developer, and that the two companies plan to collaborate
on a series of initiatives aimed at leveraging their combined strengths
and delivering compelling ARM® processor-based solutions to the automotive
industry, in addition to the digital consumer products.
The collaboration will enable the two companies to build on their existing
relationship to develop automotive solutions, extending from automotive
infotainment systems based around ARM MPCore™ multicore processor technology
and eSOL's groundbreaking multicore RTOS(eT-Kernel Multi-Core Edition),
through to longer term strategic alignments based around the AUTOSAR standard
running on ARM Cortex™ microcontrollers.
The results of this collaboration will enable automotive device manufacturers
to improve the development efficiency of their products by standardizing
on a single processor architecture together with validated software components
and corresponding development environment.
The agreement is a significant endorsement of the ARM architecture in the
automotive market and comes as manufacturers are endeavoring to consolidate
their automotive functions into a reduced number of more capable processors
and away from fragmented, proprietary solutions. Combining eSOL experience
and expertise with the proven ARM processor architecture will enable automotive
system developers to create next generation vehicle control solutions.
ARM has acted as a premium member of AUTOSAR since 2005. Both companies
have also been active members of JasPar since 2005 and 2006 respectively.
Both companies plan to demonstrate an automotive control system based around
an AUTOSAR compliant platform utilizing the ARM processor architecture.
The two companies have a record of collaboration, including the development
of the NEC Electronics NaviEngine in-car navigation system introduced in
2007 and subsequently adopted by major Japanese vendor. This first generation
device is based on the ARM11™ MPCore multicore processor and the eSOL multicore
RTOS (eT-Kernel Multi-Core Edition), with future generations targeting
the ARM Cortex™-A9 MPCore processor.
In addition, to support the progression of these automotive infotainment
and control systems, eSOL is extending the eBinder® development environment
and integrating leading ARM RealView® development tools, to provide
embedded system developers with the best possible solution to perform development
of the software, debug and optimization efficiently.
Mr. Yoshio Kuniyasu., General Manager of Fujitsu Microelectronics Ltd.,
IP Platform Solution Div, Common IP & Technology Development Unit,
said: "The tie-up of ARM and eSOL will allow automotive developers
to obtain one unified best fit solution for problems regarding complex
vehicle software systems".
Mr. Nishijima, President of ARM KK said: "The scale and complexity of automotive ECU software is demanding the adoption of industry-wide standards in the form of AUTOSAR and JasPar. The collaboration between ARM and eSOL will help solve the requirement for a single integrated, validated system development solution and enable the rapid development of solutions based on AUTOSAR compliance. Furthermore, this agreement underlines ARM's commitment to the software ecosystem for multicore designs."
Mr. Sawada, President of eSOL Co.,Ltd. mentioned: "eSOL has been providing
competitive solutions using eSOL's strong OS technology optimized for ARM
processors, for example, eSOL multicore RTOS (eT-Kernel Multi-Core Edition)
for the ARM multicore platform. By this engagement, eSOL expects to expand
their software development services and solutions, especially for the automotive
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 http://www.arm.com.
Founded in 1975 in Tokyo, Japan, eSOL is a leading software developer in
the embedded industry with core technologies in real time operating systems.
We develop, market and sell proven RTOS suites, along with a rich set of
vertically-oriented middleware libraries. Our rugged software development
tools provide optimal reliability in backing up the highly complicated
development process for RTOS-based applications. We know that a reliable
RTOS and development tools make a significant difference to the quality
and timeliness of our customers' products in a continuously growing and
competitive world market. Today, our customers - global OEMs and ODMs ranging
from consumer electronics to automotive applications - ship millions of
products with technologies pioneered by eSOL.
For more information, please visit www.esol.com.
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