DesignWare ARC Processor Cores 

Accelerating Development of Performance-Efficient SoCs 

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 170 customers worldwide who collectively ship more than 1 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 suite of development tools.

DesignWare ARC processors are supported by a variety of 3rd-party tools, operating systems and middleware from leading industry vendors, including members of the ARC Access Program.

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  • ARC HS Family
  • High-speed, 32-bit multicore processors for high-end embedded applications more

Single, dual and quad core 32-bit processors for real-time control applications

Single, dual and quad core 32-bit processors with I and D cache

ARC 710D
Cacheless 32-bit processor for real-time control

ARC 725D
Efficient 32-bit processor with I & D caches

ARC 770D
High-performance processor with MMU and Linux acceleration package

ARC 601
Compact, low-power, cacheless 32-bit processor

ARC 605
Compact, cacheless 32-bit processor with power management unit

ARC 610D
Low-power, cacheless 32-bit processor with DSP capabilities

ARC 625D
Low-power, 32-bit processor with DSP capabilities and I & D caches

  • ARC EM Family
  • Compact, ultra low-power processors for deeply embedded applicationsmore

Ultra-compact and power-efficient cacheless 32-bit processor

Ultra-compact and power-efficient 32-bit processor with I & D caches

EM4 with Safety Enhancement Package for automotive applications

Configurable audio processors for low- to high-end applications

ARC Memory Protection Unit
Division of address space into regions associated with specific attributes such as read, write, and execute prevents faulting instructions from completing

ARC Secure
Execution of encrypted code for ARC 600 cores provides cost-effective protection against memory and system attacks with little impact on system performance

ARC XY Advanced DSP
Adds the power of a true DSP engine to enable conventional and signal processing computation within a single architecture

ARC FPX Floating Point
Adds high-performance single- and double-precision floating point math instructions to the configurable ARC 600 and 700 core families

ARC SmaRT Real-Time Trace
A hardware module that can be integrated into any ARC-based SoC to enable rapid software debug with minimal increase in die size and no power consumption penalty

ARC Audio Processors
High-performance audio processors with low power consumption and small footprint for a broad range of SoC designs

ARC Audio Codecs
Ideal for ultra-low power portable applications or for high performance broadcast and home entertainment SoCs

Media Streaming Framework
For easy creation of complex audio graphs, including a Blu-ray Disc reference design

Synopsys' broad portfolio of DesignWare® ARC® Processors includes a variety of 32-bit CPUs from power-efficient to high-performance cores that SoC designers can optimize for a wide range of uses, including embedded and deeply embedded applications. Designers can differentiate their products by using patented configuration technology to tailor each ARC processor instance to meet the specific performance, power and area requirements of their mobile, IoT, digital home, automotive, industrial and storage applications.


High-performance ARC multicore processors have excellent DMIPS/mW for battery-operated mobile apps

  Internet of Things
Internet of Things

On-chip integration of sensor control, embedded processing & communication for IoT applications

  Digital Home
Digital Home

Best-in-class code density of ARC cores reduces memory size & power for digital home applications


Small, low-power ARC cores for automotive have high code density & the most DMIPS/mW in their class


High-performance, low-power ARC processors support fast read/write speeds for SSDs and flash cards


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