ARM Limited

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ARM Limited

legal form Limited
ISIN GB0000595859
founding 1990
Seat Cherry Hinton , Cambridge , United Kingdom
management Stuart Chambers (Chairman)
Number of employees 3.975
sales £ 968.3 million
Branch Semiconductor industry / trade in IP
As of June 22, 2016

ARM headquarters in Cambridge

The company ARM Limited (formerly Advanced RISC Machines Ltd. ) is a the Japanese Softbank belonging provider of IP solutions in the field of microprocessors . It is the developer of the ARM architecture , which is built under license and is used in most smartphones and tablet computers and is also very widespread in the area of embedded systems .


ARM develops the design of RISC processors, the production of which is carried out by the licensees , including AMD , Apple , Atmel , Freescale , HiSilicon , IBM , Infineon , Intel , Mediatek , Nvidia , NXP , Qualcomm , Renesas , Samsung , Texas Instruments , Toshiba and 3Com belong.

While some companies such as For example, the Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon license chip designs from ARM directly, while others only use a so-called ARM architecture license. These companies include Apple , Samsung and Qualcomm . The latter create their own processor designs based on the ARM license. See e.g. B. Apple's A6 or Qualcomm's Snapdragon .


Advanced RISC Machines Ltd. was created in 1989 with the outsourcing of the processor division from the Acorn company . Acorn kept a 43% stake in the new company, Apple held a further 43%, 7% VLSI Technology (until then the sole producer of the ARM chipset and then the first ARM licensee) and the remaining 7% Nippon Investment and Finance .

With the separation of the processor division from the parent company, the ARM architecture developed by the company was renamed from Acorn RISC Machines to Advanced RISC Machines .

In 2004, the US competitor Artisan Components was taken over for 913 million US dollars. In 2005 the German-American company Keil Software , a manufacturer of IDEs for embedded systems, was taken over .

In 2016 - one month after the UK's Brexit vote - Japanese telecom group Softbank announced its intention to buy ARM for around £ 23.4 billion (€ 27.95 billion). The acquisition was completed in September 2016. ARM should remain as an independent company and be increased in terms of personnel.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c RM Holdings Annual Report 2015: Strategic Report. ARM Holdings, March 16, 2016, accessed June 22, 2016 (PDF).
  2. Stefan Beiersmann: Softbank buys British chip developer ARM. ZDNet , July 18, 2016, accessed on September 8, 2016 .
  3. Chris O'Brien: Softbank completes $ 31 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings. VentureBeat, September 5, 2016, accessed April 1, 2017 .