ARM - DesignStart - University

DesignStart for University teaching, learning and research

The ARM University Program enables educational use of ARM technology, offering university courses, labs and student projects. ARM supports universities with:

  • Teaching materials and hardware platforms 
  • Software development tools and ARM IP
  • Resources for educators, students and researchers

Teach, learn and research with DesignStart Eval

Available for educators, students, researchers and other academics, the ARM Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 DesignStart Eval offer access to a fixed configuration, synthesizable CPU RTL and full subsystem RTL - get instant access, completely free-of-charge, just a simple click and download.

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  • Cortex-M0 DesignStart Eval 

    • Design with a fixed-configuration, synthesizable Cortex-M0 RTL
    • Use the Cortex-M0 System Design Kit (CMSDK) and example system to quickly get started
    • Prototype with Cortex-M Prototyping System, including out-of-the-box support
    • Develop software with a 90-day time-limited license of Keil MDK Essential




    Download Cortex-M0 DesignStart Eval
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  • Cortex-M3 DesignStart Eval

    • Design with a fixed-configuration, synthesizable Cortex-M3 RTL
    • Customize your design with your own IP, or use the CoreLink SDK-100 that includes a fully-verified subsystem
    • Prototype with Cortex-M Prototyping System, including out-of-the-box support, or on any FPGA
    • Connect IoT devices with mbed OS
    • Simulate with a 1-year license of Cortex-M3 Cycle Model
    • Develop software with a 90-day time-limited license of Keil MDK Essential

    Download Cortex-M3 DesignStart Eval

DesignStart - Research

Conduct advanced research with proven IP

Universities can conduct advanced research using the industry-leading Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 processors - backed by the world's No.1 ecosystem of tools, software and support. Available free-of-charge through ARM DesignStart.

"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)

University academics and researchers can:

  • Register for DesignStart Eval Academic Manufacturing to get production rights to the DesignStart Eval package - just a simple click-through EULA
  • Register for DesignStart Pro to access the full source RTL - just a simplified licensing agreement
  • Register to access thousands of industry-leading physical IP for faster SoC implementation


Available to verified university academics and researchers registering with their university email.
Are you a student? Then download DesignStart Eval!


DesignStart - Education

Teach with the free ARM educational resources

Are you a university faculty member wishing to teach SoC design based on the industry's leading architecture?

"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

Get the Basic SoC Design Education Kit, which includes lecture slides, lab manuals and project code with solutions. Apply today to receive a complete set of teaching materials - ideal for a 10-14-week course!