Easy Access to Cortex-M Processors on FPGA

DesignStart FPGA offers the opportunity to instantly download the Cortex-M1 and Cortex-M3 soft IP, at no cost.

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Simplified IP Access, Design, and Integration

Integrated with Vivado Design Suite from Xilinx, enabling easy access to industry-leading embedded ecosystem, complemented with the flexibility of Xilinx FPGA.

Faster, Easier Software Development

Accelerate software development with Arm’s extensive ecosystem of open-source code, libraries, RTOS, compilers, debuggers, and more.

Proven Cortex-M CPU with FPGA Flexibility

Build on a foundation that allows you to scale your product across a single software base – Arm IP offers a range of performance points across FPGA, SoC, ASIC, and MCU devices.

Access a range of IP, services and support to make your next FPGA design a success. 
Arm Cortex-M1

Instant access and free use of Cortex-M1* soft IP on Xilinx FPGAs that support Vivado, via a simple click-through agreement.

Cortex-M3 Processor

Instant access and free use of Cortex-M3* soft IP on Xilinx FPGAs that support Vivado, via a simple click-through agreement.

Arm Ecosystem

Take advantage of the robust Arm ecosystem that includes software, libraries, tools, debuggers, RTOS and more.


Easy integration with Xilinx FPGA using a simple drag-and-drop via the Vivado Design Suite.

Arm Keil

Unlock a 90-day trial of Arm Keil MDK, the most comprehensive software development solution for Cortex-M.

Arm DesignStart

Test your solution on a reference platform, the Arty S7/A7 and an additional debug board.

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DesignStart FPGA Resources

Discover technical resources, documentation and getting started videos to help your FPGA development.

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*The Cortex-M1 and Cortex-M3 processor IP is at full release quality (REL) and suitable for mass deployment. The example systems, board support package and tool integration are released at beta with updates and improvements on an ongoing basis. Follow the DesignStart community to stay informed.