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Arm supports software development from the smallest Cortex-M series microcontroller all the way up to many-core SoCs. On this page you can learn about how DS-5 Development Studio and Keil Microcontroller Development Kit support SoC bring-up, Linux, and Microcontroller and Embedded software development. You can also find out more about Arm’s IDEs and tools suites for embedded software development, tools for graphics development, and system design tools.

Advanced tools for high performance computing (HPC)

Our end to end suite of HPC tools supports you in evaluating and maximizing the performance and accuracy of your HPC codes on Arm based technology and in porting and optimizing code for Arm or any HPC platform.

Arm provides both commercial and open-source compiler toolchains as well as the industry leading Allinea Forge tool suite for cross-platform HPC software development.

Arm has acquired Allinea Software, an industry leader in development and performance analysis tools that maximize the efficiency of software for HPC systems.

Tools for HPC Applications

Allinea ForgeArm Compiler for HPC | Arm Performance Libraries | Arm SVE Compiler for HPC

IDEs and tools suites

Arm provides two main software development tool suites for assembly, C and C++. Keil MDK is best suited to commercial, off-the-shelf embedded microcontrollers. DS-5 Development Studio is best suited to Arm application processors and custom SoC designs.

DS-5 | Keil MDK | DS-MDK

Arm Compiler 5 | Arm Compiler 6

Debug Probes

Graphics development

For development and conditioning of visual assets, debug and analysis on Mali GPUs. Tools include Mali Graphics Debugger, allowing you to trace OpenGL ES and OpenCL API calls in your applications.

Tools for Graphics and Compute Applications
Mali Graphics Debugger | DS-5 Streamline | Mali Offline Compiler | Mali Texture Compression Tool | OpenGL ES Emulator

System design tools

Development boards and models for system design, helping you to model Arm systems before hardware availability.

Versatile Express | Juno Arm Development Platform | Cortex-M Prototyping System | Beetle IoT Evaluation Platform

Socrates System IP Tooling | Fast Models | Fixed Virtual Platforms | Cycle Models

SoC bring-up

Get to market way ahead of the competition by using Arm tools as part of your SoC design process. With emulators, Fast Models, RTL simulation, and Versatile Express FPGA boards, you can design your SoC knowing that bring-up will be a matter of days once your silicon arrives.

Linux and Android

Linux kernel-based operating systems dominate several market areas, from consumer electronics to industrial automation and data centers to telecommunications. Find out how you can use DS-5 to make your next Linux project stand out from the crowd.


For a wide range of Arm, Cortex-M, and Cortex-R based microcontroller devices we recommend Keil MDK Microcontroller Development Kit. MDK includes the µVision IDE/Debugger, Arm C/C++ Compiler, as well as essential middleware components.