DesignStart for Processor IP

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Fast and Easy Access to the World's Leading Processor IP

DesignStart™ is the world's premier IP access portal, containing comprehensive online access to ARM® IP. The portal provides free access to gate-level Verilog of the ARM Cortex®-M0 processor, enabling organizations new to ARM, or to ARM Processor IP, to rapidly access, simulate and develop systems based around ARM Cortex-M processors.

Alongside leading Processor IP the DesignStart program enables you to access ARM foundry sponsored Physical IP which is free to the end user, and applications optimized Physical IP which can be tried prior to licensing.

A full overview of the ARM DesignStart program can be found here.

DesignStart - Available Processor IP




ARM Cortex-M0 DesignStart Processor

Processor Design Kit

(Manufacture / Prototype / Simulation)

The ARM Cortex-M0 processor is the smallest ARM processor available The low-power profile, small gate count and code footprint of the processor makes it ideal for MCU and mixed signal applications, providing 32-bit performance and efficiency in an 8/16-bit footprint. As the entry-level ARM processor, it is also ideal for designers, students and researchers who need low cost access to industry standard processor IP.

The DesignStart version contains obfuscated gate-level Verilog of the processor, and is available to approved educational institutions and companies with no initial payment necessary. Although this special version has some slight differences to the full ARM Cortex-M0 processor, it is fully software compatible and enables designers to create manufacturable designs.

Processor Design Kit

The Processor Design kit includes a variety of components to help developers get to market as quickly as possible. The kits include:

Cortex-M0 DesignStart Procesor

  • Obfuscated Verilog netlist
  • Simple test-bench
  • Example test code

Additional documentation, including Technical Reference Manuals, can be downloaded from infocenter.arm.com 


Processor Foundry Program

An alternative to the DesignStart program for partners looking to get to market quickly with a low-risk pre-hardened solution is the Processor Foundry Program.

The Foundry Program builds a three-way partnership between ARM, an approved silicon foundry, and a fabless semiconductor company which accelerates the time-to-market for ARM processor-based designs, and enables OEMs without access to fabrication facilities to work directly with an approved ARM semiconductor foundry.




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