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ARM saw revenues rise during Q2, growing 5.4 per cent sequentially and a more impressive 17.5 per cent year-on-year to £36.9m.

That yielded income before tax of £10.4m (0.7p a share), up almost 60 per cent £6.6m (0.4p a share) in Q2 2003 and from £9.4m in Q1 and, the company said today.

During the three months to 30 June 2004, ARM signed three new processor licensees and sold 20 design licences to them and other partners. Licence sales totalled £14.6m, up from the previous quarter's £14m and Q2 2003's £12.7m. In all three periods, licensing amounted to around 40 per cent of ARM's business.

Royalties from licensees' products totalled £13.9m, up from £13.4m last quarter and £10.2m last year. Comparing Q2 2003 to Q2 2004, unit shipments leapt 58.9 per cent from 180m to 286m, but the latter represents a more modest three per cent increase over Q1's 278m.

Further contributing to ARM's bottom line was a cash generation gain of £13.5m, though this was offset by a dividend payment of £6.1m. ARM quit the quarter with £166.3m in the bank.

Full details of ARM's results, including its six-monthly totals, can be found here.

Looking ahead, the company reiterated its forecast of full-year revenues of £150m, up from £128m last year. ®

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