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

Access Technical Resources

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 Xilinx FPGA Block ROM is used as FLASH and how to load the program in to this?
  • Cortex-M0
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0 votes 2004 views 4 replies Latest 8 days ago by Joseph Yiu Answer this
Answered Can a student simulate the free Cortex-M from DesignStart?
  • Verilog
  • Cortex-M0
  • CHI
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  • Cortex-M System Design Kit
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0 votes 2111 views 2 replies Latest 3 months ago by JustinWood Answer this
Answered what can I get from cortex M0 design start pro?Whether I can get the RTL describle of Cortex M0(not obfuscated RTL) 0 votes 1250 views 4 replies Latest 4 months ago by qinwenjian Answer this
Answered MPS2+ Expansion ports possible frequency and usage
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  • FPGA
  • iOS
  • Cortex-M
  • Cortex-M Prototyping System (V2M-MPS2)
0 votes 4612 views 7 replies Latest 4 months ago by jett 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 1150 views 1 replies Latest 5 months ago by josina Answer this
Answered Cannot open downloaded Cortex-M3 0 votes 2218 views 7 replies Latest 6 months ago by Eric Zhang Answer this
Answered Xilinx FPGA Block ROM is used as FLASH and how to load the program in to this? Latest 8 days ago by Joseph Yiu 4 replies 2004 views
Answered Can a student simulate the free Cortex-M from DesignStart? Latest 3 months ago by JustinWood 2 replies 2111 views
Answered what can I get from cortex M0 design start pro?Whether I can get the RTL describle of Cortex M0(not obfuscated RTL) Latest 4 months ago by qinwenjian 4 replies 1250 views
Answered MPS2+ Expansion ports possible frequency and usage Latest 4 months ago by jett 7 replies 4612 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 josina 1 replies 1150 views
Answered Cannot open downloaded Cortex-M3 Latest 6 months ago by Eric Zhang 7 replies 2218 views