Fast, Affordable, Trusted Path to Silicon Prototypes


Arm Flexible Access for Startups allows early-stage startups to move fast, experiment with ease and design with confidence. The program gives access to a broad portfolio of extensively verified IP, tools and training, with a $0 license fee to develop your system-on-chip (SoC) prototype. This is backed by industry-leading technical support, an extensive ecosystem and a broad developer base for the best chance of success in your chosen market.

Join now to access the world’s most widely used processor technology and be part of the Arm ecosystem where you can benefit from design and development support to make your business grow and thrive.

Design Now, Pay Later

$0 easy access to a broad portfolio of the world’s leading SoC technology 
$0 license fee for the production of prototypes 
$0 cost tools, training, and support to enhance your team
Clear, predictable pricing upfront with license fees due only at the point of manufacture
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What’s Included in Arm Flexible Access for Startups?

Arm Flexible Access includes an extensive SoC design portfolio including a wide range of Cortex processors, Mali graphics and ISPs, Corstone reference systems, CoreLink and CoreSight system IP.


These are available together with free tools, training, and support to enhance your team’s capabilities.



Arm Flexible Access Mainstream IP Package

These are available together with free tools, training, and support to help reduce development time and speed time to market.

Download the product sheet to learn more about the program and see a full list of included IP, tools, training, and physical IP libraries. There is also free access to Arm IP Explorer, which allows startups to compare different Arm IP, check compatibility, simulate different configurations and benchmark performance to help reduce costs and time-to-market.

If there is an Arm product you would like to access that isn’t listed in the datasheet, contact our team here.

The Right Choice for Silicon Startups

Arm Starter Guide

Your guide to developing innovative SoCs while conserving cash and accelerating time to market.

Arm Webinar: From Idea to SoC

Speed up silicon design. The Arm team is introducing the program, its benefits and how to get easy access for $0.

Why Startups Choose Arm

Equal1 Labs, SpiNNcloud and weeteq are three silicon startups that build their ideas on Arm. Learn more about their reasons for choosing Arm technology.

Program Benefits for Early Stage Startups 

Arm Flexible Access for Startups provides a range of benefits for early stage startups, so you can scope projects effectively, tape out quickly, and scale your business.

Access Expert Support and Guidance

Arm Flexible Access for Startups offers connections to wider business support and guidance from Sand Hill Angels and Silicon Catalyst who are passionate about helping startups succeed and scale.

Sand Hill Angels

A group of over 160 Silicon Valley angel investors and advisors who help entrepreneurs get to the next level, with collective knowledge and experience on how to scale startups.

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World’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating semiconductor solutions, helping startups dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development, from prototype to volume production.

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What Startup Partners Are Saying

Around 70 startups are already using Arm Flexible for Startups to produce their silicon designs. Here’s what some of them have to say.

Corbin Church

CEO and Founder, Cambridge Touch Technologies

“Within two years of signing up, we already have a second product in the pipeline and are planning to tape out our first commercial chip later this year.”

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Matthias Lohrmann

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, SpiNNcloud

“It was a no-brainer to join Arm Flexible Access for Startups: not only to significantly reduce the time to silicon, but also leverage the benefits of the Arm ecosystem.”

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Majid Kafi

COO, Wandow Power

“Working with Arm through Flexible Access for Startups has provided us with cost-effective and efficient solutions that our customers feel confident to use.”


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Eray Erdogan

Co-Founder, HEX Microchip

“As a startup in a challenging, competitive ecosystem, we have only one shot to make everything work. Arm’s proven IP, tools, and support have helped us manage risk and start on a solid foundation, which has been a bastion of confidence leading us to success.”


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Yannick Thepaut


“Since we joined Arm Flexible Access for Startups, the quality of our services has been significantly improved. Thanks to zero-dollar access to a whole portfolio of trusted IP, we can prototype, measure, and benchmark several solutions to help our customers make the best technological choices for their innovations.”


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Sohail Syed

CEO and President, DreamBig Semiconductor Inc.

"Arm Flexible Access for Startups was a game-changer for us. It enabled us to innovate on top of Arm's world-class IP, access its broad ecosystem in a cost-efficient way and prototype our industry-leading Deimos Chiplet Hub for next-generation datacenter solutions."

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