EE Times reports ARM has signed a major architectural licensing deal with an un-named OEM:
Throughout its 18 year history ARM has signed very few architectural licenses. These give the licensee the authority to develop their own implementations of ARM cores and add custom extensions. Digital was an architectural licensee and used that license to develop the StrongARM processor.
Warren East, chief executive officer of ARM, commented during an analysts' conference: "Clearly an architectural license tends to be a fairly substantial engagement."
It is possible that the deal is a renewal of an existing architectural license that has come to a conclusion but it was clearly one reason why East was able to sound optimistic during the analysts' call last Thursday (July 24) despite modest financial results (see July 28 story). >/i>>/blockquote>