Technical resources for DesignStart Eval

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DesignStart Eval provides free and instant access to Arm Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 processors so you can accelerate custom SoC design and prototyping.

Explore the technology, documentation, software, tools and training available to help integrate the Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 processors.

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The Arm Cortex-M0 processor is the smallest Arm processor available. It has an exceptionally small silicon area, low power and minimal code footprint to enable developers to achieve 32-bit performance at an 8-bit price point.

The Cortex-M0 is available through DesignStart with the Cortex-M System Design Kit (CMSDK). The CMSDK provides example AMBA  systems to accelerate the development of a working system.

Cortex-M0 Resources

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The Arm Cortex-M3 processor is the industry-leading 32-bit processor for highly deterministic real-time applications. The Cortex-M3 processor is specifically developed for high-performance, low-cost platforms.

The Cortex-M3 is available through DesignStart with the Corstone-101 foundation IP, including the Corstone SSE-050 subsystem to accelerate SoC development projects by bringing all the core elements needed for your SoC into one system.

Cortex-M3 Resources

Training courses

Our latest online training course, DesignStart - An introduction to Armv7-M provides an in-depth overview of the architecture, to help you develop software for for the Arm DesignStart Cortex-M3 processor.

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Arm Keil MDK

Arm Keil MDK is the perfect development toolchain for your software development on Cortex-M based platforms. With DesignStart Eval you can access a 90-day license of Keil MDK Essential, which includes the following:

  • Leverage CMSIS to scale your device support across the Arm ecosystem.
  • Get the best out of your Cortex-M SoC with the highly optimized Arm Compiler.
  • Write, build and debug software for your platform with just a few clicks.

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IAR Embedded Workbench

With DesignStart Eval, you can access a 90-day trial of IAR Embedded Workbench for high-performance development tools.

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MPS2+ FPGA Prototyping Board

The MPS2+ FPGA Prototyping Board is built specifically for the Cortex-M processors - the platform of choice for DesignStart.

  • Impressive, low-cost, feature-rich, development platform.
  • Quick and easy to prototype with the Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 processors.
  • Out-of-the-box support for Mbed OS (available for Cortex-M3 only).

Learn more and get the Cortex-M Prototyping System FPGA.

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Design, debug and optimize with cycle-accurate models

Arm Cycle Models are a fast and convenient way to design your system.

  • Easy to set up and run in place of RTL in a simulator, with a significantly faster execution.
  • Software visualization and debug with trace data.
  • 100% cycle accurate.

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Get involved and join the DesignStart Community

Instantly access information and support from Arm experts, ecosystem partners and other DesignStart designers: whitepapers, blogs, Q&A and more. Share your successes, ideas, and challenges, and get the latest news about custom SoC design.

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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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