ARM buys assets of prototyping software firm, unveils low-power GPU core

|About: ARM Holdings, plc (ARMH)|By:, SA News Editor

Ahead of Wednesday morning's Q3 report, ARM (NASDAQ:ARMH) has disclosed the purchase of products and other assets of Carbon Design Systems, a U.S.-based provider of virtual (software-based) prototyping software for ARM SoC developers, for an undisclosed sum. Carbon's staff will be joining ARM.

ARM, which plans to sell Carbon's products through its IP exchange: "The integration of Carbon's virtual prototyping products into the ARM portfolio will deliver access to ARM IP earlier in the design cycle ... Carbon has created a comprehensive library of ARM processor and system models that can be extended easily to create cycle-accurate virtual prototypes of any new ARM-based SoC ... [Carbon] already works with the worlds leading semiconductor vendors, all of whom license ARM processor IP."

Separately, ARM has unveiled the Mali-470, a low-power GPU core for embedded/wearable devices (a source of much of the company's CPU core unit growth). ARM claims a 2x improvement in energy efficiency relative to the older Mali-400, as well as a 10% less die space. Power efficiency and performance improvements are also promised relative to the prior-gen Mali-450.

The 470 squares off against GPU cores from market leader Imagination (OTCPK:IGNMF). ARM inked 9 Mali GPU licenses in Q2. The smart TV market has been a strong point for the platform.

Prior ARM acquisitions

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