When should I use Simulation Models for DesignStart?

DesignStart Simulation Models are a great way to quickly get started evaluating the performance of Arm technology and enabling your software teams to begin sooner.

Models have the advantage of being easily reconfigured, easily debugged and easily deployed. The DesignStart program provides fixed configuration platforms free of charge (terms apply). Configurable platforms are available for purchase.


Arm’s highly configurable technology gives customers many options for optimizing the technology for different use cases.

Arm models can be reconfigured quickly for what-if performance analysis scenarios, shortening the time to find the best configuration trade-offs.


Models provide greater visibility and control than hardware. Virtually every signal, register, memory or CPU program flow can be traced.

Stop the entire system immediately, without suffering from undesired system-level interrupts when only the CPU is halted.


Models are easily deployed to distributed teams and distributed resources such as cloud-based validation farms.

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Want to know more about the DesignStart program?

Arm DesignStart provides fast access to a select mix of Arm IP, including Cortex-M0, Cortex-M3 and Cortex-A5 processors and supporting IP, software and resources for custom silicon designs. The program also provides Cortex-M1 and Cortex-M3 soft CPU IP, software and resources for FPGA designs.

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