UK chip designer ARM continues healthy sales growth

ARM posted revenue of £117.8m with pre-tax profits of £33.8m for the second quarter of 2011...

UK chip designer ARM posted revenue of £117.8m with pre-tax profits of £33.8m for the second quarter of 2011.

For the same period last year, the company reported revenue of £100m and profit of £29.6m, meaning a rise in revenue and profit of 18% and 25% respectively.

The firm, whose processor designs are used by Samsung Electronics, Apple, and Texas Instruments among others, said it sold 29 licences over the period. This means the company now has a portfolio of 801 licensees, including many of the major manufacturers of smartphones and tablet devices.

ARM, which designs chips and licences them to its partners rather than making the processors itself, said it "enters the second half of 2011 with a healthy order backlog and a robust opportunity pipeline, which are expected to deliver strong performance in licence revenues."

According to analyst HIS, by 2015 one in four notebook PCs will ship with an ARM processor, overtaking Intel's dominance in the PC chip market, A recent report from the research firm suggests that ARM's growth will be driven by the introduction of Microsoft's ARM-enabled Windows 8 operating system next year.

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