ARM - DesignStart

DesignStart processor IP

With over 20 billion combined shipments to date, the Arm Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 processors are used everywhere! By using this trusted and proven technology for your next custom SoC project, you will have the best tools to accelerate your silicon success journey - the industry’s easiest and lowest-risk way.

Discover how our DesignStart processor and system IP can help your project:

  • Cortex-M0: Perfect for exceptionally small, energy-sipping devices, such as smart pills, smartwatches, smart clothing and industrial controls
  • Cortex-M3: Ideal for small devices, such as smart lighting, white goods, smart meters and IoT devices

Get started today! 

Creating a custom chip has never been easier. DesignStart provides two clear routes for you to succeed in your custom SoC journey: 

DesignStart Eval

Design and prototype your SoC with DesignStart Eval

DesignStart Pro

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Build a commercial SoC with DesignStart Pro

Suitable for Evaluation, teaching and research Commercial production and research
Available to  All Registered companies or approved universities
License Click-through EULA License agreement
Cost Free $0 license fee + success-based royalty model
Access time Instant access Requires signature
Technology Full subsystem RTL and fixed-configuration,
synthesizable CPU RTL
Full subsystem and CPU RTL

Evaluate with DesignStart Eval

Get free and instant access to Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 processors and subsystems and take advantage of the following:

  • Fast start to designing and simulating custom SoCs
  • Simple FPGA prototyping
  • Simple and quick access to EDA tooling
  • 90-day trial of Arm Keil MDK or IAR Embedded Workbench
  • Free community support to help you get started

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Commercialize with DesignStart Pro

Start developing your production chip by upgrading to a free, fast-access license with no upfront fee.

  • Cortex-M0 and Cortex M0 System Design Kit
  • Cortex-M3 and subsystem with CoreLink SDK-100
  • Range of services and support options available

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