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Keil MDK for Arm DesignStart

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Arm DesignStart makes custom SoCs even more accessible and includes:

  • 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

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 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:

Design and prototype with DesignStart Eval

Build a commercial SoC with DesignStart Pro


90-day trial included in DesignStart Eval

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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