Answers to frequently asked questions about DesignStart.
Answers to frequently asked questions about DesignStart.
About Arm DesignStart
|Q: What is DesignStart?|
|Q: What products can I access?|
|Q: What is DesignStart Eval?|
|Q: What is DesignStart Pro?|
|Q: What is DesignStart Pro Academic?|
|Q: What can I do with DesignStart Pro Academic?|
|Q: Can I access Physical IP through DesignStart?|
|Q: What contract do I need to sign?|
|Q: What is the difference between DesignStart Eval and DesignStart Pro?|
|Q: What is the difference between DesignStart Pro and DesignStart Pro Academic?|
|Q: I am a private individual/student: can I access DesignStart Pro/DesignStart Pro Academic?|
Registration and Login
|Q: How do I log in to DesignStart Pro?|
|Q: How do I download a product from DesignStart Eval?|
|Q: I tried to download DesignStart Eval, but a screen appeared telling me that additional checks were needed. What should I do next?|
|Q: How do I download a product from DesignStart Pro?|
Software tools and Cortex-M3 Cycle Model
|Q: What version of Keil MDK tool is included?|
|Q: How do I receive my 90-day license of Keil MDK or Cortex-M3 Cycle Model?|
|Q: I have not received or am having issues with my Keil MDK or Cortex-M3 Cycle Model key(s). What should I do?|
|Q: How do I download and activate Keil MDK?|
|Q: How do I activate my Cortex-M3 Cycle Model?|
|Q: Why should I use the Cortex-M3 Cycle Model over the fixed-configuration Cortex-M3 RTL?|
Support and services
|Q: Where can I ask support questions?|
|Q: Is dedicated support available for DesignStart?|
|Q: What is an Arm Approved design partner?|
|Q: What are the benefits of an RTL Design Review?|
DesignStart is a simplified way to access Arm IP: industry-proven Arm Cortex-M processors, subsystems, system IP and Artisan physical IP for a $0 upfront license fee. Many products are available in free evaluation format.
Many products can be accessed through DesignStart:
DesignStart Eval enables completely free access to fixed-configuration Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 processors and full subsystem RTL for evaluation, prototype, teaching, and research. Available to all*, the packages can be downloaded instantly, requiring only a simple click-through agreement.
* subject to an export control check required by law.
DesignStart Pro enables access to the full Cortex-M0, Cortex-M3 and subsystem RTL. Available to companies for commercial use with a no-risk, $0 license fee and success-based royalty model. Access to the IP can be requested online, requiring the signing of a simplified license agreement.
DesignStart Pro Academic is built specifically for academic institutions. It enables free access to the to the full Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 processors and subsystem RTL for research purposes, and allows the manufacture of up to 1,000 test chips. Access to the IP can be requested online, requiring only a simple click-through agreement.
When you register for DesignStart Pro Academic, you get access to the fully configurable (full RTL) Cortex-M0 or Cortex-M3 processors and their subsystems. Key aspects of the license are highlighted below:
Please note that the above is not the license to Arm IP; you should read the full terms of the license before agreeing to it!
Thousands of Artisan Physical IP, supported by 18 foundry partners, are available on DesignStart. Access to the IP can be requested online; depending on whether the requested IP is a front-end view or a complete view, access time will vary and may require the signature of a license agreement with the foundry.
The contract required to access the IP depends on what version of the products you apply for:
DesignStart Eval and DesignStart Pro differ in both the product you will be able to access, the required agreement, and the authorized use:
See Q: What contract do I need to sign for more information on the required agreement for each version.
For more information on the technical differences between DesignStart Eval or DesignStart Pro please read this short presentation.
DesignStart Pro and DesignStart Pro Academic both provide access to the full CPU IP and subsystem RTL, but are intended for different uses:
Check Q: What contract do I need to sign for more information on the required agreement for each version.
Private individuals and students can only access DesignStart Eval. DesignStart Pro is reserved for commercial organizations, and DesignStart Pro Academic is reserved for universities and academic institutions.
Go to the DesignStart login page: https://developer.arm.com/products/designstart/designstart-login and click Login to DesignStart Pro.
At the Arm sign in page, enter your email address and password and click Sign In.
If you have forgotten your password, click the Reset it here link and follow the on-screen instructions.
Once successfully logged in, the DesignStart portal is displayed:
We are required by law to perform an export control check on the individual. Sometimes, we are required to perform some additional checks and if this happens, access to the IP will be a delayed while we carry out these checks. We will get in touch with you within few days to suggest the next appropriate actions.
You will receive the keys for both Keil MDK and Cortex-M3 Cycle Model (if you downloaded Cortex-M3 DesignStart Eval) by email. Please make sure to check your spam folder. If you do not receive your key(s), check Q: I have not received or am having issues with my Keil MDK or Cortex-M3 Cycle Model key(s). What should I do?.
If you are having issues in receiving or activating keys, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your contact information and a description of the issue you are experiencing, and we will be in contact to provide assistance.
Click Download, then, when prompted, enter your unique Product Serial Number (PSN) you received by email.
Click for activation instructions, then, when prompted, enter your unique Product Serial Number (PSN) you received by email.
Cortex-M3 Cycle Model is a 100% cycle accurate simulation of the Cortex-M3 and runs 2-5x faster than RTL in an RTL simulation environment. The Cortex-M3 Cycle Model also provides enhanced visibility by producing a Tarmac trace file with timestamps of all instruction and major events that occurred during the simulation.
Arm has a thriving community of SoC designers and developers. Get involved today – join the DesignStart Community, where you can access a wealth of documentation, blogs, whitepapers and videos. Participate in the discussion forum – share successes, ideas and challenges, and get the latest news about custom SoC design.
For dedicated support, please check Q: Is dedicated support available for DesignStart?
Technical support for companies creating commercial silicon using DesignStart Pro is available for a fee, with access to our team of highly-qualified Arm experts 24 hours a day.
Arm Approved partners are our network of design houses that can provide expert support – ranging from specification assistance to chip tape-out and at-scale production. Every Arm Approved partner has been through a robust audit process that allows us to recommend them to you in their specific field. Please click here to learn more or email DesignServices@arm.com to send a question to our Design Services team.
For companies creating commercial silicon in-house, RTL review helps verify your SoC design and reduce risks before tape out. The review can help to identify any issues with signal connectivity, memory system arrangement, system performance, debug system, and clock and power domains.