Develop and Manufacture Commercial SoCs

DesignStart Pro is the fastest, most affordable way to access a select mix of Arm IP for commercial custom SoC/ASIC design. With a simplified contract, success-based royalties and design support, engineers can design confidently and accelerate time to market.

By joining DesignStart Pro, you will have access to a range of IP and support.

Cortex-M0

  • Fast access to Cortex-M0 processor and the Cortex-M System Design Kit (CMSDK)
  • No upfront fee to access, just a success-based royalty model
  • 90-day license of Keil MDK Professional, a full-featured software development suite for Arm-based microcontrollers
  • IAR Embedded Workbench for high-performance development tools

Cortex-M3

  • Fast access to Cortex-M3 processor and the Corstone-100  foundation IP, including the SSE-050 subsystem
  • No upfront fee to access, just a success-based royalty model
  • 90-day license of Keil MDK Professional, a full-featured software development suite for Arm-based microcontrollers
  • IAR Embedded Workbench for high-performance development tools

Cortex-A5

  • Fast access to the Cortex-A5 processor and a comprehensive set of system IP
  • Dedicated support from experienced, in-house team for $75K access fee with 1-year design support OR $150K access fee with 3-years’ design support
  • $50k tape out fee, plus a success-based royalty model
  • Wide choice of open-source software and development tools from Linux
Get Started with DesignStart Pro

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DesignStart Pro Support

Training

Arm training will get your teams up to speed quickly. We have hardware, software and system courses available in private, online and public classrooms.

Technical Support

Discover a wide range of technical resources and support to aid in your custom chip development. Access relevant documentation or take advantage of our paid-for support service for fast answers on any issue from our team of highly qualified in-house experts.

Design Services

We can help turn your ideas into reality in partnership with the Arm Approved Design Partners, offering design advice and assistance with specifications. Let us help you select the best design partner for your needs. 

DesignStart RTL Review

For customers that design their own SoC, we can help verify the design and reduce risk before tape out. The review includes memory system arrangement, debug system, clock and power domains, and more.

Get Access to a Broader Range of Arm IP

If you would like to evaluate and design solutions with a broader range of Arm IP, Arm Flexible Access lets you explore and design with a wide-ranging package of Arm IP, tools, and services, with licensing due only when your SoC design is ready and committed for manufacture.

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