Welcome to Arm DesignStart

DesignStart makes innovation and intelligence more accessible than ever. Whether you want to differentiate your product or conduct research, get started on a trusted, proven foundation with Arm IP and services.

Evaluate Arm IP and commercialize a custom SoC with our comprehensive solution of industry-proven Cortex-M processors, subsystems, system IP and Artisan physical IP - all for a $0 upfront license fee.

Begin your chip journey today with DesignStart; choose your area of interest below to access all that Arm and the Arm ecosystem has to offer - trusted IP, expert design support, and leading software tools.


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Processor IP

Design and commercialize your custom SoC with industry-leading Arm IP and services – instant access to evaluate, no upfront license fee to commercialize.

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Physical IP

Implement your designs with easy access to Arm Artisan physical IP - the most trusted and widely-used provider, with 18 foundry partners.

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University Program

Teach, learn and research free of charge with Arm technology. Access Arm IP, teaching materials, tools and resources - all specifically tailored for education.

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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.

DesignStart Success Stories

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"Arm DesignStart is the ideal starting point for a custom SoC – being able to use both the Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 CPUs with a $0 license, just a success-based, royalty-only model, means that our customers can save on costs and reduce risk. Providing these in a verified subsystem allows our developers to concentrate on creating the value-add in the custom SoC, with the fastest time-to-market."

- John Tinson, VP Global Sales, Sondrel.

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Purdue University 

“DesignStart enables educators to make the giant leap from incomplete, simple educational examples to real-world, industry-leading IP technology as the foundation of our future education.”

- Dr Matthew Swabey, Director of the Bechtel Innovation Design Center, Purdue University

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University of California San Diego 

“Using the Cortex-M0 DesignStart in our studies has led to industry interest in our research results.”

- Professor Andrew Kahng, University of California San Diego (UCSD)