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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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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 Zephyr RTOS support for Cortex-M1 reference design is here
  • Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS)
  • FPGA
0 votes 363 views 1 replies Latest 1 months ago by Brix Answer this
Answered V2C-DAPLINK-035A shield schematic
  • FPGA
  • Debug Adapters
0 votes 368 views 1 replies Latest 2 months ago by Sean Houlihane Answer this
Answered Does the DesignStart FPGA Cortex-M1/M3 support SWD multi-drop?
  • FPGA
  • SWD
0 votes 325 views 1 replies Latest 2 months ago by Mahmood Yakub Answer this
Answered ERROR: [IP_Flow 19-3461] Value 'reset' is out of the range for parameter 'RESET BOARD INTERFACE(RESET_BOARD_INTERFACE)' for BD cell 0 votes 2690 views 3 replies Latest 5 months ago by jpthibault Answer this
Answered Can a student simulate the free Cortex-M from DesignStart?
  • Verilog
  • Cortex-M0
  • CHI
  • Simulation
  • DesignStart
  • Cortex-M System Design Kit
  • Cortex-M
  • Variable
  • System Design
  • Windows
  • Linux
0 votes 3807 views 3 replies Latest 6 months ago by Sara01 Answer this
Answered Xilinx FPGA Block ROM is used as FLASH and how to load the program in to this?
  • Cortex-M0
  • FPGA
  • JTAG
  • Keil
  • DesignStart
  • ULink2
  • Cortex-M
  • SWD
  • Block
  • Memory
0 votes 4227 views 4 replies Latest 7 months ago by Joseph Yiu Answer this
Answered Zephyr RTOS support for Cortex-M1 reference design is here Latest 1 months ago by Brix 1 replies 363 views
Answered V2C-DAPLINK-035A shield schematic Latest 2 months ago by Sean Houlihane 1 replies 368 views
Answered Does the DesignStart FPGA Cortex-M1/M3 support SWD multi-drop? Latest 2 months ago by Mahmood Yakub 1 replies 325 views
Answered ERROR: [IP_Flow 19-3461] Value 'reset' is out of the range for parameter 'RESET BOARD INTERFACE(RESET_BOARD_INTERFACE)' for BD cell Latest 5 months ago by jpthibault 3 replies 2690 views
Answered Can a student simulate the free Cortex-M from DesignStart? Latest 6 months ago by Sara01 3 replies 3807 views
Answered Xilinx FPGA Block ROM is used as FLASH and how to load the program in to this? Latest 7 months ago by Joseph Yiu 4 replies 4227 views