Custom SoC Design

Design your chip to meet your specific requirements.

When developing new custom System on Chip (SoC) devices, we know you need specific products, tools and services. Whether you are looking to create a chip from scratch, or looking for a complete solution – Arm can help you every step of the way. If you know what you’re looking for, use the interactive diagram below to select a product, or keep reading below for more guidance.



Create faster, more efficient SoCs with minimal risk

From simulation and emulation to FPGA prototyping and bring-up, Arm is here to give you the right tools to validate and leverage our IP, plus a range of tools and services that will help you realize your design ahead of the curve: 

Fast-track your next design

You can choose to fast track your design by using a range of SoC design products. These include fully validated kits and subsystems, as well as free guidance documentation. You can also fast-track your next design using the Arm DesignStart program.

Arm DesignStart

Arm DesignStart offers the fastest, simplest route to proven IP. Products available include the industry-leading Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 processors, which are available for commercial development with no upfront license fee, just a success-based royalty model.

System Guidance

System guidance is a free collection of resources, which provide a representative view of typical compute subsystems, which can be designed and implemented using specific generations of Arm IP.

Arm subsystems

Arm has designed subsystems to provide readily available solutions, that can be directly integrated into your design.

Corstone Foundation IP

Flexible design toolbox containing system and subsystem IP, pre-integrated with the latest Cortex-M processors and security IP. It includes various components required to create TrustZone-enabled systems: AHB5 interconnect generator, memory/peripheral protection controllers, bridges and much more.


These technologies are at the heart of Arm-based technology.

Arm TrustZone

Arm TrustZone technology provides system-wide hardware isolation for trusted software.


The Arm AMBA protocols are an open standard, on-chip interconnect specification for the connection and management of functional blocks in a System-on-Chip (SoC). It facilitates right-first-time development of multi-processor designs with large numbers of controllers and peripherals. 


Arm architecture forms the basis for every Arm processor. The Arm architecture is similar to a Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) architecture, as it incorporates typical RISC architecture features. 

Process Technology

Physical IP

Artisan Physical IP delivers the most comprehensive and advanced physical IP solution in the industry.  Using Arm Artisan Physical IP enables efficient implementation of complex SoC designs.


The following Arm products provide the foundation for your custom SoC design. From the world-proven processors, to state of the art system IP, which enable performant and power efficient SoCs.

Arm Cortex Processors

Arm processors range from ultra-low power Cortex-M series to server-class Cortex-A series. We provide documentation, implementation guides, software tools and software. 

Arm CryptoCell

The Arm CryptoCell solution is a comprehensive collection of silicon-proven security modules that provide platform level security services.

System IP

Arm System IP enables system designers to configure and build performant, power efficient SoCs whilst further differentiating by combining Arm processors with their own IP elements.

Arm CoreSight Debug & Trace

Arm CoreSight technology is a set of tools that can be used to debug and trace software that runs on Arm-based SoCs. 

Arm Cordio

Arm’s family of standards-based low-power wireless IP. It offers a complete solution for LPWAN applications based on the NarrowBand IoT standard, and complete RF-to-Application coverage for WPAN radios based on the Bluetooth 5 and 802.15.4 standard. 

Support and tools

Compile, debug and analyze knowing that you are getting your SoC right years before the silicon is available. These tools and services offer you the earliest way to start developing. Tools, training and IP from a single source take away risk and uncertainty. With Arm Design Reviews, we can help you to combine our IP with your own.

Development Boards

Arm Versatile Express development boards are the ideal platform for accelerating the development and reducing the risk of new SoC designs.

Keil MDK

Keil MDK is the most comprehensive software development solution for Arm-based microcontrollers and includes all components that you need to create, build, and debug embedded applications.


Arm Socrates  is a new tool that guides a user through the selection, configuration and creation of Arm IP in weeks, not months.

Fixed Virtual Platforms

Early access to a Virtual Platform for accelerated software development.

Arm Development Studio

Arm Development Studio gives you a core set of tools to make sure the most critical software on your system works efficiently and reliably.


Face-to-face courses delivered by experienced Arm engineers to 15+ students, at your location.



The Arm Mbed Device OS and Arm Pelion IoT Platform provides the operating system, cloud services, tools and developer ecosystem to make the creation and deployment of commercial, standards-based IoT solutions possible at scale.

Mbed Hardware Development Kit

The Mbed Hardware Development Kit (HDK) provides hardware design resources to facilitate the development of custom hardware. The Mbed HDK also benefits from the Arm Mbed Partner Ecosystem and associated technologies, such as Arm Mbed OS and Arm Mbed DAPLink.