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Keil MDK for Arm DesignStart

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Arm DesignStart helps companies to design innovative custom chips or FPGA designs, without compromising on time-to-market.

DesignStart Eval and Pro provides access the following Arm IP for custom silicon:

  • Access to the Arm Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 processors
  • Elimination of upfront license fees for both processors. Develop your chip with a success-based, royalty-only model
  • Instant, no-cost access to both processors for design, simulation and prototyping
  • Accelerated time to market for Cortex-M3 based designs with the CoreLink SDK-100, with its verified subsystem and system IP

DesignStart FPGA offers access to soft IP in order to accelerate commercial FPGA deployments and includes:

  • Access to FPGA-optimized Arm Cortex-M1 and Cortex-M3 processors
  • Instant, no-cost access to both processors for evaluation, research and commercial production with Arm's FPGA partners
  • 90-day trial of Arm Keil MDK-Essential

What's included in DesignStart

The Keil MDK software development environment is part of DesignStart. Keil MDK helps you bring up your Arm Cortex-M0, Cortex-M1 or Cortex-M3 based design and develop embedded software. The superior debug solution gets you started quickly, and the full integration of CMSIS (Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard) allows you to easily deploy device support.

DesignStart provides two clear routes for you to succeed in your custom SoC journey:


90-day trial included in DesignStart Eval and DesignStart FPGA

The entry-level offering from Keil allows you to quickly start to develop, build and debug software on Arm Cortex-M based devices using an industry-standard IDE.

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90-day trial included in DesignStart Pro

The most advanced Keil product including middleware (Network, USB, File System, Graphics, Arm Mbed), safety certified Arm Compiler and Fast Models (FVP) for Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3.

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MDK support for DesignStart devices

A device family pack is available specifically for Arm Cortex-M3 based DesignStart devices, supporting the CoreLink SDK-100. It contains system and startup files for CMSIS-Core and example projects for the Cortex-M Prototyping System development board.

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