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Arm launches Flexible Access mode, lowering the chip licensing threshold

Author: Release time:2019-07-17 Source: Font: Big Middle Small View count:38

July 17 news, according to foreign media reports, local time on Tuesday, Softbank's British chip design company Arm announced that it will adjust the chip design licensing fee model.

Arm Flexible Access is Arm's new business model that allows chip designers to experiment with different chip designs before paying license fees for the final choice. This is a new way to access the industry's leading chip technology, which is faster, easier, and more flexible.

With the Arm Flexible Access model, the corporate design team is more free to experiment, evaluate and innovate.

Rene Haas, president of Arm's IP products division, said: "Arm Flexible Access was created to address the opportunities presented by the world of 1 trillion secure connected devices. By integrating unrestricted design access, Without prior authorization, we empower existing partners and new market participants to address new growth opportunities in the Internet of Things, machine learning, autonomous vehicles and 5G."


Several partners, including artificial intelligence start-up AlphaICs, IP and IC solutions providers Invecas and Nordic Semiconductor, have signed the new Arm cooperation model and have access to a variety of intellectual property (IP) products. Support tools and training services.

AlphaICs has now paid a modest advance payment to get all the chip technology needed, including the most advanced security technology. Only when the company completes its final product design and puts it into production, will the company pay the license fee and pay the royalties after the product is shipped.

Arm Flexible Access complements the standard Arm licensing approach, and the standard Arm licensing approach will remain the best choice for partners looking to access Arm's entire portfolio and state-of-the-art intellectual property (IP).

As the world's leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP), Arm licenses its technology to a number of partners, including leading semiconductor companies and niche custom design companies.

Typically, partners receive licenses for individual components from Arm and prepay license fees before using the technology. Now, with the Arm Flexible Access model, they can instantly acquire a broad portfolio of technologies for a small fee. This technology portfolio includes all the basic intellectual property (IP) and tools required for SoC design, and then just ready for the product. At the time of production and delivery, the license fee and patent fee are paid to Arm.

Through the Arm Flexible Access model, the intellectual property (IP) available to Arm's partners includes most Arm-based processors (CPUs) such as Cortex-A, Cortex-R and Cortex-M. These processors account for 75% of all Cortex processor licenses signed in the past two years.

In addition, the intellectual property (IP) available to Arm's partners includes Arm TrustZone, CryptoCell security IP, Mali GPU, System IP, and the tools and models required for SoC design and early software development. At the same time, they also get Arm global support and training services.

As for the cost, if the chip maker uses a design solution from Arm to start the chip, they will have to pay $75,000 a year; if they pay $200,000 a year, they can get an unlimited number of chip designs. Only when the chip starts production, they need to pay the license fee and patent fee.

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