The Proven Path to Custom Silicon Success

Whether you are a seasoned silicon developer or a product designer looking for a complete solution to replace existing discrete components, we offer the world’s most proven IP and the industry’s most robust system-on-chip (SoC) development resources. Here is where you will find the right services and tools to design and validate your Arm-based SoC and achieve success.

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What Are Custom Chips?

Custom SoCs, or application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), typically integrate a processor along with peripherals, including analog and digital functionality, to create a unique integrated circuit that protects your IP from being copied. They offer increased functionality and differentiation for your products, and are often smaller, more power-efficient and lower cost than discrete components or printed circuit boards (PCBs).

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Why Arm for Custom SoCs?

Arm offers an industry-proven and flexible foundation to build custom silicon designs fine-tuned to diverse application requirements. We offer a comprehensive solution of CPU IP, reference designs, subsystems, development tools, and a wide range of software from thousands of ecosystem partners. Whether you’re a start-up or an OEM planning to build your next innovative product, Arm can help you at each stage of your custom silicon design so you can take your products to market faster.

Getting Started: Designing Your Chip

Arm offers many routes for accessing Arm IP to design custom silicon:

  • Arm DesignStart: Fast, low-cost access to a select mix of Arm IP and resources
  • Arm Flexible Access: Access a wide-ranging package of Arm IP, tools and services, with licensing due only at manufacture
  • Standard licensing: Arm has been providing a range of IP licensing options to the semiconductor industry for over 20 years

Outsource Some or all of Your Chip Design

Access a global network of Arm-Approved design partners with a wealth of experience in Arm-based designs to help with your design needs, even full turnkey solutions. No matter your technical expertise, you get the right level of design support you need from the Arm Approved design partners.

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Reference Guide by Arm Engineer Joseph Yiu: System-on-Chip Design with Arm Cortex-M Processors

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