Sir Robin leaves ARMPublished: 27th May 2006, 20:18:16 | Permalink | Printable
Meanwhile another ARM11 core licensedARM co-founder and chairman Sir Robin Saxby is stepping down this year from the chip design giant. He had also served as chief executive officer and president since joining the Acorn spin-off in February 1991.
The move somewhat marks the end of an era at ARM, which was created at the start of the 1990s when Acorn spun out its RISC processor design side - Acorn, Apple and VLSI Technology each initially held shares in the new company.
It was also the same company that triggered the break up of Acorn, which towards the end of the 1990s was sitting on a pile of ARM shares. Today, the processor design business employs 1,400 and enjoys an annual net income of £42m. Last year, 1.7 billion chips featuring ARM cores were manufactured, the architecture making up some 75% of all 32-bit embedded CPUs.
Sir Robin will leave the company in October.
He said: "Throughout my life I have been passionate about the importance of creating value for stakeholders from technology... I am delighted to be able to continue to act as an ambassador for ARM globally and hope to encourage young people to take up a role in engineering, science and technology, as well as broadening my own knowledge of other engineering disciplines."
• Earlier this month, chip design firm Sunplus licensed an ARM11 core to use in processors aimed at consumer goods, including PDAs and digital cameras. The ARM1176JZ-S has a clock speed between 330 and 550MHz, and has an optional floating point maths processor. ARM also launched its new Cortex-R4 processor core (not to be confused with Castle's early attempt at embedded engineering). The new design can manage clock speeds of up to 400MHz.
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