Technical resources for DesignStart Pro

DesignStart Pro is the fastest, most affordable way to access a select mix of Arm IP for commercial custom SoC or ASIC design. With a simplified contract, success-based royalties and design support, engineers can design confidently and accelerate time to market.

Start developing your custom SoC with access to the industry-leading Arm Cortex-M0, Cortex-M3 and Cortex-A5 processors:

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Processor IP

Cortex-M0 processor

Cortex-M3 processor

Cortex-A5 processor

The smallest Arm processor available, enabling developers to achieve 32-bit performance at an 8-bit price point, bypassing the step to 16-bit devices.
Industry-leading 32-bit processor for deterministic, real-time applications, specifically developed for high-performance, low-cost platforms.
The smallest, lowest power Armv7 application processor, with Linux-capable processing for IoT and embedded applications.
  • No upfront license fee.
  • Success-based royalty model.
  • No upfront license fee.
  • Success-based royalty model.
  • $75k access fee with 1 year design support OR $150k access fee with 3 years' design support.
  • $50k tape-out fee, plus a success-based royalty model.
  • Minimal code footprint of the processor.
  • Exceptionally small silicon area.
  • Lowest power for the most constrained applications.
  • Outstanding computational performance.
  • Exceptional system response to events.
  • Highly configurable, enabling a wide range of implementations.
  • Rich OS support and advanced features such as MMU and DSP instructions.
  • Configurable and scalable to meet performance, power and area needs.

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Training and Support

Arm offers a range of training, support and documentation for companies looking to commercialise with DesignStart.


Arm offers expert training for DesignStart products, created by Arm Engineers and starting at $99.

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RTL Review

We offer an RTL review for DesignStart customers, to help verify your SoC design and reduce risk before tape out.

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Technical Support

Already registered for DesignStart and looking for advanced, personalized support? Arm offer a paid-for service where you can get fast answers on any issue from our team of highly qualified in-house experts. Ask a question 24/7 by web or email and track its status with our online case-tracking tool.

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Not registered? Instantly access information and support from Arm experts, ecosystem partners and other DesignStart designers via the DesignStart Community.

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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