ARM announced the establishment of a new CPU Design Center in the Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan. This is ARM’s first CPU Design Center in Asia, and it will focus on the design, verification and delivery of the ARM® Cortex®-M processor series targeted at the Internet of Things (IoT), wearables and embedded applications markets.
“Close proximity to key semiconductor and ecosystem partners and high-caliber local engineering talent makes Taiwan an ideal location for us to expand our CPU design activities,” said Simon Segars, chief executive officer of ARM. “The new design center will have a particular focus on the development of ARM Cortex-M processors which are the market-leading design choice for IoT products. Establishing a new, world-class CPU design team in Taiwan will allow us to work even more closely with key regional partners seeking to accelerate this market.”
The news was welcomed by Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
“Taiwan’s semiconductor industry is playing a leading and strategic role in the global market,” said San-Cheng Chang, minister of science and technology, MOST, Taiwan. “The Ministry has been working closely with Taiwan’s technology industry to foster incubation of advanced technologies and nurture growth of the talent pool and we are pleased to witness ARM establishing its first CPU design center in Taiwan, endorsing Taiwan’s strong talent and well-established industry chain.”
“Economic development remains at the top of the government’s policy agenda, MOEA has endeavored to drive Taiwan’s industry transformation to be innovative on top of our excellent manufacturing strength,” said Tyzz-Jiun Duh, deputy minister of the ministry of economic affairs, MOEA, Taiwan. “We are very happy to see ARM’s recognition of Taiwan’s achievement and willingness to further invest in Taiwan to excel Taiwan’s industry elevation and transformation.” The new center is slated to open at the end of 2014 and will create highly skilled microprocessor design opportunities for the technical community in the region.