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Smartphone slowdown hits ARM's royalties in fourth quarter

By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British chip designer ARM Holdings said a slowdown in demand for Apple and Samsung smartphones was behind a smaller than expected rise in fourth-quarter royalty revenues. ARM, whose technology is in nearly every smartphone, reported processor royalties of $130.4 million, up 7 percent, but short of analyst forecasts of $137.9 million.

Facebook eyes options for low-power server technology

By Noel Randewich SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's hardware whiz in charge of revolutionizing data centers lauded on Tuesday low-energy server technology which is expected to compete against heavyweight Intel Corp. Speaking at a conference in San Jose, California, on Tuesday, Open Compute Project head Frank Frankovsky said Facebook's three-year push to help companies design better data center gear was gaining momentum and paying off with a range of cost-saving improvements.

ARM shares rise on Google deal report

(Reuters) - British chip designer ARM Holdings Plc's shares rose as much as 5.5 percent after a media report that Google Inc was considering using ARM's chips to design its own server processors. By using its own designs, Google could better manage the interactions between hardware and software, Bloomberg reported, citing a source with direct knowledge of the matter. ARM, whose chips are heavily used in smartphones and tablets, declined to comment on the report. Google was not immediately available for comment.

ARM's CEO Warren East to step down after 12 years

By Rosalba O'Brien and Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Warren East, who led ARM Holdings from start-up to near monopoly designer of smartphone chips, with its processors at the heart of Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy, is to step down as chief executive after 12 years. Group president Simon Segars will replace 51-year-old East from July, the British company said on Tuesday.

UPDATE 2-ARM shares at 12-yr high as growth passes expectations

* Q4 pretax profit 80 mln pounds vs 75.6 mln forecast * 2013 revenue will be at least in line with expectations * Royalties up 19 percent to $136.8 million * Licensing revenue up 28 percent to $100.6 million * Shares rise to 12-year high (Adds further analyst reaction, detail) By Paul Sandle
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