Technical resources for DesignStart Pro

Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3

Start developing your custom SoC with access to the industry-leading Arm Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 processors for no upfront fee, just a success-based royalty model.

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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 IP package includes:

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 IP package includes:

Cortex-M0 documentation

Cortex-M3 documentation:

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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 Pro 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 Pro, 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). 

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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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Training and Support

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

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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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Arm Community

Instantly access information and support from Arm experts, ecosystem partners and other DesignStart designers

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Type Title
Documentation Designing a SoC with an Arm Cortex-M Processor
Documentation Armv7-M Architecture Reference Manual
Video Arm DesignStart for custom silicon
Webinar Upgrade to a custom ASIC
Webinar Arm-based custom SoC design for IoT using the Cadence Cloud
Blog Designing a custom SoC: 9 next steps after downloading your Arm IP
Blog Cortex-M resources
White paper An era of affordability for the Custom System-on-Chip (SoC)
Case study From concept to tape-out in 6 months using DesignStart
Case study Start-up uses Arm DesignStart Pro to create proof of concept, secures $16m in funding
Web page Embedded development tools for Cortex-M series

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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