ARM, the British chip designer, is working with foundries to develop its own chips, reports Reuters The move is part of a plan to fuel growth after an expected IPO later this year.
ARM is not directly involved in semiconductor development and production. Instead, it sells its chip designs to other companies, which then manufacture the chips. However, the company has now decided to develop its own chips in order to showcase its technology and attract new customers.
ARM has formed a new team to lead the development of the new chips. The team is led by Kevork Kechichian, a chip industry veteran who has worked at NXP Semiconductors and Qualcomm.
The new chips are expected to be more advanced than ARM’s current designs. If they are successful, ARM could become a competitor to its customers, such as MediaTek and Qualcomm.
The development of its own chips is a risky move for ARM. However, it is a necessary one if the company wants to remain competitive in the rapidly changing semiconductor industry.
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