Accelerating Innovation and SoC Design


Arm Flexible Access provides up-front, no-cost or low-cost access to a wide range of Arm IP, tools, and training. Experiment and design with the entire portfolio; license fees, if any, are only due at the point of manufacture and calculated only on the IP included in the final SoC design.

How Arm Flexible Access Works


  • Wide range of Arm IP, tools and services.
  • Choice of three tiers to match needs. Annual access fee starts at $0 and covers design rights.
  • Any or all of the IP package is downloadable at any time.


  • Freedom to start, change or stop projects as needed.
  • Model your workload across included IP for best-fit design.
  • World-wide access to Arm training and support (based on package tier).


  • Thousands of physical IP products free of charge.
  • For IP that requires a licensing payment, this is only due at tape out, not before.
  • Transparent and simple business terms.
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Flexible Options to Meet Your Needs


DesignStart Tier

Entry Tier

Products Cortex-M0, Cortex-M23, Cortex-M3 and related Corstone example systems Over 80 products in the Mainstream Package from Cortex-M0 to Cortex-A53, Mali GPUs, NPUs, ISPs, CoreLink and CoreSight System IP, Software Tools

Tape-outs Limited Limited

Membership Fee
Membership Fee Free $0 for qualifying startups Or $80k / year

Tape-out fee
Tape-out fee Pay per product, at tape-out, for commercial designs Pay per product, at tape-out, for commercial designs

Support Community Support Dedicated support

Physical IP
Physical IP DesignStart Physical IP included for all memberships with 1000s of products at no additional charge. DesignStart Physical IP included for all memberships with 1000s of products at no additional charge.

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What Partners Are Saying

Saleel Awsare 

SVP & GM, IoT Division, Synaptics

"For Synaptics, the name of the program says it all. It's all about flexibility in terms of access to the Arm IP and design enablement infrastructure that we need to develop our SoCs. We appreciate the straightforward business terms and ability to experiment freely before we commit our designs to silicon."

James Adams 

Chief Operating Officer, Raspberry Pi

"We jumped at the chance to design our own custom SoC with Arm Flexible Access—and were one of the first companies to tape-out through the program. Being able to audition different Cortex-M processors before deciding which to go with was simply a far better match for how engineering actually happens."

Avi Baum

Co-founder and Chief Technologist, Hailo

“Our technology needs to work first time and the technology contributed by the ecosystem has to be just as trustworthy”

Krishna Rangasaayee

CEO and Founder,

“As a startup, we are deriving the benefit of the same level of commitment and support to our near- and long-term success as a large public company”