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5 September, 2013 - 11:57 By Tony Quested

ARM – 2012

Reigning business of the year ARM Holdings continues to bewitch and bedazzle customers, investors and users of technology containing its superchips. Still growing fast from its Cambridge headquarters, ARM is thriving under new CEO Simon Segars, who succeeded Warren East at the start of July.

ARM is the world's leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier and as such is at the heart of the development of digital electronic products. Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, and employing over 2,000 people, ARM has offices around the world, including design centres in Taiwan, France, India, Sweden, and the US.

The world’s leading semiconductor IP company ARM has shipped more than 20 billion chips to date and sold over 800 processor licenses to more than 250 companies.

As well as showing US giant Intel a clean pair of heels, ARM has emerged as a prime enabler in the delivery of the Internet of Things, driving ecosystems of partners who will accelerate the connectivity of 50 billion devices globally via a Machine2Machine powerplay.

The ARM business model involves the designing and licensing of IP rather than the manufacturing and selling of actual semiconductor chips. It licenses IP to a network of partners, which includes the world's leading semiconductor and systems companies. These partners utilise ARM IP designs to create and manufacture system-on-chip designs, paying ARM a license fee for the original IP and a royalty on every chip or wafer produced.

In addition to processor IP, ARM provides a range of tools, physical and systems IP to enable optimized system-on-chip designs. It is hard to think of a consumer device on the planet that doesn’t include an ARM chip.

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