UK chip designer ARM Holdings is continuing to thrive despite the continued slump in the IT market, and on Monday announced 42 percent revenue growth for the three months ended 30 September. The results arrive on the back of several high-profile deals for the company, whose designs run in a variety of portable devices like mobile phones and handheld computers.
At Palm's annual PalmSource developer conference on Monday, Motorola Inc. (mot) expanded on last week's announcement that it would add ARM technology to its DragonBall line of PDA processors.
Holdings has licensed Sun Microsystems' Java technology, a formalization of an existing effort to spread Java to cell phones and other small mobile devices.The deal gives ARM the right to use Java on all its chips and means the two companies will collaborate on future Java technology.
ARM Holdings hopes to improve how handhelds and cell phones access memory and run video with its new chip architecture unveiled at the Microprocessor Forum in San Jose, Calif. The v6 architecture contains new multimedia instructions, which will greatly improve video playback, said Director of Research John Rayfield.
ARM Holdings licenses Sun's technology in a formalization of an existing effort to spread Java to cell phones and other small mobile devices.
Two additions to the Dragonball line of processors for mobile devices should boost clock speed and better handle upcoming multimedia apps.