Arm DesignStart

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What is DesignStart?

Arm DesignStart provides fast access to a select mix of Arm IP, including Cortex-M0, Cortex-M3 and Cortex-A5 processors and supporting IP, software and resources for custom silicon designs,. The program also provides Cortex-M1 and Cortex-M3 soft CPU IP, software and resources for FPGA designs.

Explore the DesignStart options below to find the route that best meets your project requirements.

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DesignStart Eval

Design and prototype your SoC for evaluating, research and teaching

Cost: Free

Access: Instant access

License: Simple click-though end user license agreement

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DesignStart FPGA

DesignStart FPGA

Instant access to Cortex-M IP, optimised for FPGA

Cost: Free

Access: Instant access

License: Simple click-through end user license agreement

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DesignStart Pro

Start developing your commercial SoC

Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3: No license fee and a success-based royalty model

Cortex-A5: Low-cost access fee with up to 3 years' design support. Minimal tape-out fee and a success-based royalty

Access: Requires signature

License: License agreement

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Models used for applications on a computer.

DesignStart Physical IP 

Speed up SoC implementation

Cost: $0 license fee and success-based royalty model

Access: Requires signature

License: License agreement


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DesignStart for University

SoC design and production for teaching and research

Cost: $0 license fee (up to 1000 units for internal use)

Access: On application 

License: Simple EULA

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Arm Flexible Access

If you would like to evaluate and design solutions with a broader range of Arm IP, learn more about Arm Flexible Access.

Arm Flexible Access offers the freedom to explore and design with a wide-ranging package of Arm IP, tools and services - with licensing due only when your SoC design is ready and committed for manufacture.

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Answered Cannot open downloaded Cortex-M3 0 votes 770 views 7 replies Latest 13 days ago by Eric Zhang Answer this
Answered What USB Blaster cable?
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  • DesignStart
  • Cortex-M
  • Cortex-M Prototyping System (V2M-MPS2)
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Answered Cortex M1 address translation issue
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Answered How to start with Cortex-M1
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Answered TSMC CE018FG Library - Synthesis
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Answered DesignStart Cortex-M3 FPGA simulation with Cadence IES 0 votes 1192 views 2 replies Latest 6 months ago by Stephan Answer this
Answered Cannot open downloaded Cortex-M3 Latest 13 days ago by Eric Zhang 7 replies 770 views
Answered What USB Blaster cable? Latest 24 days ago by Javier4 7 replies 4622 views
Answered Cortex M1 address translation issue Latest 4 months ago by Juanea7 1 replies 819 views
Answered How to start with Cortex-M1 Latest 4 months ago by Juanea7 4 replies 1833 views
Answered TSMC CE018FG Library - Synthesis Latest 6 months ago by Joseph Yiu 5 replies 1845 views
Answered DesignStart Cortex-M3 FPGA simulation with Cadence IES Latest 6 months ago by Stephan 2 replies 1192 views