At DAC today, June 6th, we announced the creation of a new partnership program for design houses. Called the ARM Approved Design Partner program, this initiative creates a group of design houses which ARM is happy to recommend to anyone needing design services around ARM IP.
We have linked it very closely with the DesignStart program. Launched last year, DesignStart allows registered users to evaluate the Cortex-M0 processor IP completely free of charge. A follow-on fast-track licence route then allows easy and cost-effective access to the full IP to go into production. DesignStart has generated significant interest since launch and one thing we have noticed is that many registrants do not have in-house SoC design capability. To fill this gap, we have recruited ARM Approved Design Partners, all fully audited, approved and recommended by ARM for their capability in successfully designing with ARM IP.
To find out more about the program, have a look at http://www.arm.com/armapproved...
The founder members, all present at DAC to join in the launch, are Sondrel (based Reading, UK), eInfoChips (based in Ahmedabad, India), Open-Silicon (based in Milpitas, CA) and SoC Solutions (based in Atlanta, GA). We are delighted to welcome them on board and to be able to recommend them.