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Cortex®-M3 DesignStart™ Eval provides developers an easy way to develop and simulate SoC designs based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor. It allows a system designer to design and test on a simulator and then proceed with hardware prototyping using an FPGA.
The Cortex-M3 DesignStart Eval package is aimed at developers who are new to ARM or have limited soft IP system design experience. The package includes the following:
Cortex-M3 DesignStart Eval provides an easy entry into the ARM ecosystem, rather than a complete solution for all Cortex-M processor design scenarios.
The hardware ecosystem in Cortex-M3 DesignStart Eval is built around the CoreLink™ SSE-050 Subsystem and includes the use of the Cortex-M System Design Kit (CMSDK) standard library of Advanced High-performance Bus (AHB) and Advanced Peripheral Bus (APB) components. For more information on the CMSDK, see the ARM® Cortex®-M System Design Kit Technical Reference Manual.
The software ecosystem in Cortex-M3 DesignStart Eval uses the ARM Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS) software standard library.
The use of CMSDK and CMSIS, coupled with a reprogrammable FPGA, allows for a fast turnaround and prototyping of Cortex-M3 processor-based hardware and software.
Cortex-M3 DesignStart Eval does not support the implementation of the Cortex-M3 processor into silicon. Any implementation of the Cortex-M3 processor into silicon requires you to obtain Cortex-M3 DesignStart Pro, or take a full Cortex-M3 processor license from ARM.
A Cortex-M3 DesignStart Pro license offers the following:
An Embedded Trace Macrocell (ETM) is not included in Cortex-M3 DesignStart Pro, and requires a separate license.
If you are working on ASIC implementation, then ARM recommends that you license Cortex-M3 DesignStart Pro as early as possible.