Synopsys' DesignWare ARC Processors are a family of 32-bit CPUs that SoC designers can optimize for a wide range of uses, from deeply embedded to high-performance host applications in a variety of market segments. Designers can differentiate their products by using patented configuration technology to tailor each ARC processor instance to meet specific performance, power and area requirements. The DesignWare ARC processors are also extendable, allowing designers to add their own custom instructions that dramatically increase performance. Synopsys' ARC processors have been used by over 200 customers worldwide who collectively ship more than 1.7 billion ARC-based chips annually.
All DesignWare ARC processors utilize a 16-/32-bit ISA that provides excellent performance and code density for embedded and host SoC applications. The RISC microprocessors are synthesizable and can be implemented in any foundry or process, and are supported by a complete ecosystem of commercial and open-source tools for software development.
DesignWare ARC processors are supported by a broad ecosystem of commercial and open source tools, operating systems and middleware. This includes offerings from leading industry vendors who are members of the ARC Access Program as well as a comprehensive suite of free and open source software available through the embARC Open Software Platform.
The VDK for DesignWare® ARC® HS Processors is a software development kit that uses a virtual prototype of an ARC HS38 processor-based system. It includes a reference virtual prototype with a dual-core ARC HS38 and system peripherals, a pre-built Linux image, integration support for ARC MetaWare and GDB Debuggers, and includes sample Linux applications.