Earlier this year, Spansion, a leader in flash memory-based embedded systems solutions, announced it was expanding its embedded electronics leadership with a broader product line featuring Flash memory, microcontrollers, analog, mixed signal and system-on-chip (SoC) solutions. This week the company licensed a wide range of ARM processors for its current and future products aimed at embedded apps in the automotive, industrial and consumer markets.
"This licensing agreement with ARM simply underscores Spansion's ongoing commitment to support the embedded design community with the innovative MCUs they rely upon. ARM's energy-efficient processor cores are well suited for Spansion's embedded market strategy, which is built around our collective expertise in Flash memory, microcontrollers and SoC solutions," said Saied Tehrani, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Spansion.
The ARM processors licensed by Spansion support all existing MCU products acquired from Fujitsu and create a foundation for future innovation incorporating Spansion's expertise in Flash memory-based embedded systems. Specific ARM cores licensed by Spansion include the Cortex-M0+, Cortex-M4, Cortex-M3, Cortex-R5, Cortex-R4, ARM9 and ARM7 processors.
"ARM is pleased that Spansion has chosen to continue to utilize the Cortex-R and Cortex-M series processors in their MCU product portfolio for a broad range of applications. Spansion's MCU and SoC products, based on their leading Flash technology and integrated with ARM processors, will provide exciting and differentiated new products for embedded systems," said Noel Hurley, vice president of strategy and marketing at processor division of ARM.
Back in August Spansion closed the acquisition of the microcontroller and analog business of Fujitsu Semiconductor. The synergies between Spansion flash memory business and the new microcontroller and analog/mixed signal businesses are expected to bring a lot of advantages to the company and its customers.