Technical Resources for DesignStart FPGA

Help get your teams up-to-speed by exploring user guides, training videos and software tools available when integrating  soft processor IP into a commercial FPGA.

Watch these step-by-step videos below for integrating Cortex-M soft IP on Xilinx FPGA:


Access to the Cortex-M1 processor is available to download. Simply register to access the soft processor IP for your FPGA design below.


Access to the Cortex-M3 on any Xilinx product will be available to download from November 2018. Register your interest below to be notified when the product is available.

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Arm DesignStart DAPLink board for Digilent Arty S7/A7

Test your solution on the Digilent Arty-A7 and Digilent Arty-S7 FPGA evaluation platforms.

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Accelerate software development

Arm Keil MDK is the perfect development toolchain for your software development on Cortex-M based platforms. Access a 90-day trial of Arm Keil MDK Essential with DesignStart FPGA.

Please note: The 90-day trial of Arm Keil MDK Essential is only available to access once, for all DesignStart products.

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Join the DesignStart Community

Instantly access information and support from Arm experts, ecosystem partners and other DesignStart designers: whitepapers, blogs, Q&A and more.

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The Arm Cortex-M1 processor designed specifically for FPGA implementation

* The Cortex-M1 processor IP is at full release quality (REL) and suitable for mass deployment. The example systems, board support package and tool integration are released at beta with updates and improvements on an ongoing basis. Follow the DesignStart community to stay informed.

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