UK, 26th January – Cambridge-based firms ARM and CSR have just signed a major licensing agreement, with CSR using the ARM Cortex-A5 MPCore and Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processors in its location-aware SoC platforms for in-vehicle navigation and portable navigation device applications. "This licensing agreement expands our existing ARM processor portfolio, and is a clear demonstration of our commitment to enhance consumer experience with our platforms by investing in leading edge IP,” said Kanwar Chadha, Chief Marketing Officer at CSR. “We are now positioned to fully respond to market needs by exploiting the total potential of ARM powered system-on-chip solutions for next generation consumer devices and automotive systems.” The scalability of both processors provides the flexibility for us to optimize the performance for each application within a low power footprint,” added Babak Bastani, VP of Global Chip Design, CSR. “Combining our state of the art location and connectivity expertise with two software-compatible processors, based on the standard ARM architecture will enable us to reduce our development costs while delivering leading edge products to market in a timely manner.”

“This latest agreement with a global leader in wireless connectivity and location markets demonstrates the continued market momentum for the ARM Cortex-A series processors and ARM MPCore technology,” said Eric Schorn, VP marketing, Processor Division, ARM. “By leveraging the performance and power efficiency benefits of the Cortex family of processors along with their leading edge technologies, CSR can offer feature-rich, future proof solutions for every segment of the consumer electronics market.”