Technical resources for DesignStart Pro

DesignStart Pro is the fastest, most affordable way to access proven Arm IP for commercial custom SoC/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.

Training

Expand your employees’ knowledge and take advantage of Arm training for both the Cortex-M0, Cortex-M3 and Cortex-A5 processors.

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RTL Review

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


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Technical Support

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