“With 100 million ARM-based microcontrollers shipped, NXP has taken an important step in our drive to provide the widest selection to customers migrating from 8/16-bit to 32-bit ARM-MCUs architectures,” said Geoff Lees, vice president and general manager, Microcontroller product line, NXP Semicontors. “Looking to the future, this strategic licensing agreement gives us the opportunity to continue exploring new paths with ARM for the future of the 32-bit MCU landscape.” Eindhoven, the Netherlands and Cambridge, United Kingdom, February 28, 2011 – NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI) and ARM today announced that they have extended their strategic relationship with a long-term subscription license agreement around the ARM® Cortex™ M series processors for microcontrollers. As part of the agreement, NXP will also collaborate with ARM to develop and expand its future microcontroller roadmap in areas such as performance and energy efficiency. “This long-term agreement is important evidence of the support of ARM Cortex-M series processors by one of the leading MCU vendors in the market,” said Mike Inglis, EPP and General Manager, Processors Division, ARM. “NXP has an impressive track record of innovation at MCUs and demonstrates the collaborative differentiation that the ARM business model naturally enables. We look forward to working closely with NXP to introduce even more innovative designs and enhancements for the MCU market. Originally split from Philips in 2006, a merger agreement with Freescale Semiconductor was announced in March 2015 to form a $40 (US$43.14 in 2019) billion company.   The acquisition was completed on December 7, 2015. ARM develops the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital products, ranging from wireless, network and entertainment solutions for consumers to imaginary, automotive, security and storage equipment.
The full range of ARM products includes 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, sandblasting software, cellular libraries, embedded memory, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, as well as the company`s large partner community, they offer a comprehensive system solution that provides leading electronics companies with a fast and reliable path to market. On August 6, 2010, NXP closed its IPO with shares on the NASDAQ under the symbol NXPI. On December 23, 2013, NXP Semiconductors was included in the NASDAQ 100.  Finally, on March 2, 2015, it was announced that NXP Semiconductors would merge with chip designer and manufacturer Freescale Semiconductor in a $40 billion deal.   The merger was completed on December 7, 2015.  NXP Semiconductors offers mixed and standard signal products based on its expertise in security, identification, automotive, networking, high frequency, analog signal and power management. With a focus on connected vehicle security and the Internet of Things, the company`s products are used in automotive, identification, wired and wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, consumer, mobile and computer applications. For example, to protect against potential hackers, NXP offers gateways for automakers that prevent communication with any network inside a car independently of each other.  NXP Semiconductors N.V. is a Dutch-American semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and Austin, USA.   The company employs approximately 31,000 people in more than 35 countries, including 11,200 engineers in 33 countries.
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