Arm DesignStart

Get started on your design instantly. 

What is DesignStart?

Arm DesignStart helps companies to develop innovative custom chips or FPGA designs, with the lowest risk possible and with an accelerated time-to-market. No matter a company’s budget or design expertise, application-specific designs are achievable and accessible.

Depending on your requirements, you can access a range of IP and resources via Arm DesignStart for custom chips or FPGA designs. 

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DesignStart Eval

Design and prototype your SoC for evaluating, research and teaching.

Cost: Free

Access: Instant access

License: Simple click-though end user license agreement

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DesignStart FPGA

DesignStart FPGA

Instant access to Cortex-M IP, optimised for FPGA

Cost: Free

Access: Instant access

License: Simple click-through end user license agreement

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A silicon chip (compute).

DesignStart Pro

Start developing your commercial SoC.

Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 license fee and a success-based royalty model

Cortex-A5: Low-cost access fee with up to 3 years' design support. Minimal tape-out fee and a success-based royalty

Access: Requires signature

License: License agreement

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Models used for applications on a computer.

DesignStart Physical IP 

Speed up SoC implementation

Cost: $0 license fee and success-based royalty model

Access: Requires signature

License: License agreement


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The top half of a human.

DesignStart for University

SoC design and production for teaching and research.

Cost: $0 license fee and success-based royalty model

Access: May require signature

License: License agreement 

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