A New, Transparent Way of Working with Arm

 

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

Access

  • Widest 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

Design

  • 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, according to the Flexible Access Tier

Manufacture

  • 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

Standard Tier


Offering
Offering
  • Access to four processors (Cortex-A5, Cortex-M3, Cortex-M23 & Cortex-M0) and relevant system IP
  • Artisan Physical IP – Free Library Program offering thousands of free of charge Artisan physical IP, supporting multiple foundries and process nodes
  • Quick approval to begin physical IP evaluation
  • Access to more than 80 Arm IP products including processor, NPU, GPU, ISP, security and more
  • Artisan Physical IP – Free Library Program offering thousands of free of charge Artisan physical IP, supporting multiple foundries and process nodes
  • Dedicated support and maintenance
  • Access to more than 80 Arm IP products including processor, NPU, GPU, ISP, security and more
  • Artisan Physical IP – Free Library Program offering thousands of free of charge Artisan physical IP, supporting multiple foundries and process nodes
  • Dedicated support and maintenance

Access fees
Access fees $0 $75K per annum
$0 for qualifying startups
$200K per annum

Number of tape-outs per year (For processor & system IP)
Number of tape-outs per year (For processor & system IP) 1 1 Unlimited

Number of tape-outs per year (For physical IP)
Number of tape-outs per year (For physical IP) Unlimited ($0 tape-out fees) Unlimited ($0 tape-out fees) Unlimited ($0 tape-out fees)

Technical support from Arm engineers
Technical support from Arm engineers Forum support
Paid support option available
Dedicated support* Dedicated support*

Onboarding session with Arm engineer
Onboarding session with Arm engineer No Yes Yes

Evaluation, exploration & full design rights
Evaluation, exploration & full design rights Yes Yes Yes

Number of online training seats for introductory training on a selection of IP products within package
Number of online training seats for introductory training on a selection of IP products within package 2 seats (limited to included CPUs) 5 seats 25 seats

Tools and Models - Arm Success Kits
Tools and Models - Arm Success Kits
  • 1 Hardware Success Kit Eval (90 days)
  • 1 Hardware Success Kit
  • 3 Software Success Kits
  • 3 Hardware Success Kits
  • 9 Software Success Kits

Arm service tokens
Arm service tokens Purchased separately Purchased separately 15 tokens

 

* Free Library Program physical IP excluded

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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."