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ARM technology is at the heart of a computing and connectivity revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. From the unmissable to the invisible; our advanced, energy-efficient processor designs are enabling the intelligence in 100 billion silicon chips and securely powering products from the sensor to the smartphone to the supercomputer. With more than 1,000 technology partners including the world's most famous business and consumer brands, we are driving ARM innovation into all areas compute is happening inside the chip, the network and the cloud.

Company Highlights
  • The world’s leading semiconductor IP company founded in 1990
  • ARM technologies reach 80% of the global population
  • More than 4,200 people from 61 nationalities in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific
  • Our silicon partners ship nearly four billion ARM technology-based chips every quarter
  • More than 86 billion ARM-based chips shipped to date (14.9bn 2015 and 12.1bn in 2014)
  • 1,379 licenses sold to more than 450 partners
We license our energy-efficient technology to a network of multiple partners, mainly leading semiconductor companies. By designing once and productizing, ARM spreads the R&D costs over the whole industry and helps make digital electronics less expensive. Licensees pay upfront fees to gain access to our technology. They then incorporate our designs alongside their own technology to create smart, energy-efficient chips architected on a foundation of security. ARM receives a royalty on every chip sold that uses our technology. Chip providers are able to invest in complementary system-on-chip technologies to differentiate their product offerings and benefit from an ecosystem of software and tools providers that support their products. OEMs and consumers benefit from a choice of products, all based on a standardized software development platform.

The ARM business model has built up a trusted partnership of shared success across multiple markets, where ARM and our partners work together to continually advance product capabilities. We work closely with a broad ecosystem to develop compatible technologies, share knowledge and foster new opportunities. This unique ecosystem ensures our mutual customers continue to be successful with a choice of innovative, differentiated products that expand opportunities and enable new businesses. The ARM partnership model, through its global ecosystem, is continually pioneering the new.

Making a positive impact
ARM technologies power an increasing range of devices that have the potential to help solve some of the greatest challenges of our time. We work with partners to accelerate social impact in education, health, the environment and other areas in communities around the world.

Since 2014, we estimate we have helped more than 300,000 people gain improved access to education and medical services through charitable donations to health and education providers and support of innovative programs. More than 80% of those people live in some of the poorest communities across the globe.

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ARM was founded by a dozen engineers working from a converted barn in Cambridge, UK, a quarter of a century ago. By the end of 2015, that team had grown to more than 4,200 people in sites around the world. ARM gives its people the capabilities, processes and infrastructure to enable them to develop and thrive as the business scales and strengthens. At the same time, we seek to nurture a work culture that remains true to our founders’ original vision; empowering our engineers to be innovative and drive ARM-based technology into all areas where compute happens, maximizing their creative potential and enabling all of our people to be their brilliant selves.

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Three core beliefs capture the essence of ARM and reflect who we are. These core beliefs keep us centered on understanding the needs of our partners. This lets us design win-win outcomes, work as a team without egos, combine creativity with critical thinking and drive forward relentlessly to make a positive difference for ARM and our customers.

Note: Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank Group acquired ARM on 5 September 2016 valuing the company at £23.4 billion.

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