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ARM and Broadcom extend relationship with ARMv7 and ARMv8 architecture licenses

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The ARMv8 architecture is the first ARM architecture that includes 64-bit execution, enabling processors based on the architecture to combine 64-bit and 32-bit execution.
“We have enjoyed a close partnership with Broadcom for many years and we are delighted to extend this relationship still further. Broadcom is a leading communications semiconductor solution vendor and has delivered highly differentiated SoCs including a range of ARM processor-based products, across a broad range of applications,” said Simon Segars, president of ARM. “As the first ARM architecture to enable 64- as well as 32-bit execution, the ARMv8 architecture represents a significant milestone for ARM and opens up new opportunities and markets for our silicon partners.”
The ARMv8 architecture extends the use of ARM processors into new application areas such as cloud computing and Broadcom is one of the lead partners for the Cortex-A50 series of processors, the first implementation of the ARMv8 architecture.
The ARMv7 architecture is the basis for all current 32-bit ARM Cortex processors, including the Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A9 processors
“Access to the ARMv7 and ARMv8 architecture will enable Broadcom to bring innovation through highly optimized 32- and 64-bit SoC implementations to deliver high-performance, low-power solutions across a broad range of market applications including broadband access and set-top box,” said Daniel Marotta, executive vice president and general manager of the Broadband Communications Group at Broadcom. “The ARM architecture, combined with ARM’s extensive software ecosystem, will enable us to address the growing requirements of existing markets and extend the reach of our innovative, high performance SoCs to new customers and applications.”
Broadcom is also a lead partner for devices based around the MIPS processor core.
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