Press Release

Andes Technology Records 1 Billion SoC Shipments in 2018 Based on Its CPU IP and 3.5 Billion Since Inception

2019-01-24

HSINCHU, TAIWAN – February 14, 2019 – As the first public listed CPU IP company in Asia, specializing in low-power, high-performance 32/64-bit processor IP cores and SoC platform, Andes Technology Corporation (TWSE:6533) announced an extraordinary record of 1 billion annual SoC shipments containing its CPU IP in 2018. The cumulative SoC shipments surpassed 3.5 billion. Applications in which Andes CPU IP performs include AI and machine learning, audio, Bluetooth, gaming, GPS, MCU, sensor fusion, SSD controllers, touch screen and TDDI controllers, USB 3.0 storage, voice recognition, Wi-Fi, and wireless charger.

Andes President, Frankwell Lin declared, “The shipments of SoC embedded with Andes CPU cores have been experiencing remarkable growth from 430 million in 2016 to 590 million in 2017 and further to 1 billion in 2018 at an annual growth rates of 37% and 69%, respectively. This data demonstrate that Andes’ product development and service practice is solid and mature, and our comprehensive solutions and competitive technologies enable customers to enter their market with strong product offerings. Andes continues to focus on processor IP development to bring more and better products and solutions to market. As more and more customers start mass production of their SoCs, we believe the SoC shipment volumes and associated royalties of Andes IP will continue growing at the accelerating rate demonstrated up to now.”

“With the SoC challenges driven by ever-increasing and diversified product requirements in the market, Andes aims to become our customers’ ‘Trusted Computing Expert’ to help tackle their computing needs. We will continue leveraging our 13 years of experience in developing and supporting our own ISA to enhance our new V5 RISC-V processor series.  In the process, we will maintain compliance with the emerging open RISC-V architecture, while leading the RISC-V solution trend to become a world-class processor IP supplier!” President Lin said, “Going forward, Andes will actively assist customers in developing products in the emerging markets of AIoT, AR/VR, automotive, machine/deep learning, robotics, etc.

Dr. Charlie Su, Andes CTO and Senior Vice President, also stated, “Driving innovations is the motto of Andes R&D teams and the key to maintaining Andes products’ competitive edge. In addition to expertise in processor technologies, Andes continues to accumulate a rich, growing body of experience from providing technical support to over 150 customers. Expertise and experience are the reasons customers choose Andes over competitors. Andes Custom Extension™ (ACE) is a good example. Its powerful features allow SoC design engineers, not familiar with processor pipeline design, to easily add customized instructions to Andes processors to improve the performance dramatically in a short time. For ACE customers, the COPILOT tool not only generates RTL and toolchains, it can also generate verification patterns and cross-checking environment to greatly simplify designers’ tasks to verify the correctness of their instruction designs.”

During 2018, Andes Technology not only continued its support of V3 processors, it also introduced four new 32/64-bit V5 (RISC-V) processors, N25F/NX25F with floating point support and A25/AX25 for Linux applications, to accompany the fast-and-compact N25/NX25 for high-speed control tasks. Andes V5 processors have been licensed to many customers for applications in AI, communication, FPGA, security and storage. In 2019, Andes Technology plans new product line releases to address a wider range of applications. It will continue its high level of professional technical support to help customers create the most competitive products in shorter time.

For more information on Andes Technology and its products of low-power, high-performance 32/64-bit CPU IP cores, please visit www.andestech.com or contact sales@andestech.com.