ARM DesignStart is the world’s premier ARM IP online access portal which enables system designers fast and easy access to trial a selection of ARM products without charge, as claimed by the company. As mentioned, the upgraded DesignStart portal makes ARM technology available to the broadest range of SoC developers, from startups to established vendors, and makes the path to full commercial production easier and faster than ever.
According to the press release, “Products available include the most licensed ARM processor, ARM Cortex-M0 processor and an array of ARM Artisan Physical IP solutions optimised for a wide range of foundry processes.” Adding further, the package helps to design and test new SoCs using a pre-configured Cortex-M0 processor without incurring the capital costs typically associated with up-front licensing.
ARM also provides an option to move to the prototyping stage with a US$ 995 ARM Versatile Express FPGA development board. Developers wishing to enter full commercial production can then purchase a simplified and standardised US$ 40,000 fast track license. This includes commercial use of ARM Cortex-M0 processor IP, SDK, and Keil MDK development tools, along with ARM technical support, as stated in the news release.
Nandan Nayampally, vice president of marketing, CPU group, ARM, said, “We want to enable startups, makers and other entrants into IoT as well as embedded applications to accelerate their development path with an excellent starting point around which to build their technology and rapidly achieve commercially viable solutions. The new portal package achieves this by offering an easy route to design and production with industry-leading ARM technology, backed by the broadest embedded software ecosystem.”