DesignWare Processor Solutions 

Accelerating Chip Development Innovation 

Synopsys offers a comprehensive portfolio of IP, tools and software to accelerate the deployment of highly-efficient embedded processors and DSPs into SoCs for a variety of applications including mobile, IoT, digital home, automotive, industrial and storage.

The DesignWare® ARC® Processor IP portfolio consists of proven ARC 32-bit processor coresembedded vision processorsaudio processors and codecsoperating systems and development tools. ARC 32-bit processors are highly configurable so they can be tailored to meet the performance, power and area requirements of each target application. The extensible instruction set gives designers the ability to define their own custom instructions that dramatically improve application-specific performance, while reducing power consumption and memory requirements. All ARC Processor IP is supported by a complete and integrated development tool suite, including tools for configuration, design, simulation and software development. ARC processors are also supported by a variety of 3rd-party tools, operating systems and middleware from leading industry vendors enrolled in the ARC Access Program, as well as a comprehensive suite of free and open source software available through the embARC Open Software Platform.

In addition, Synopsys offers the DesignWare EV Family of processors, which is specifically optimized to meet the demanding power and performance requirements of embedded vision applications, including support for emerging vision standards such as OpenCV and OpenVX.

ARC processors are key components of DesignWare IP Subsystems, pre-verified and configurable hardware and software IP solutions that offer SoC-ready functionality to ease integration into SoCs.

Synopsys also offers ASIP Designer for automating the design and implementation of application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIPs). ASIP Designer enables designers to create custom processors and programmable hardware accelerators for specialized processing requirements.


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

ARC 700 Family
Mid-range to high-end embedded and host applications

ARC 600 Family
General-purpose embedded processor cores with DSP capabilities

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

Audio Processors
Single- and dual-core 32-bit audio processors

ARC Extensions and Options
DSP, floating-point, trace and secure pipeline options for ARC cores

ARC Audio Solution
ARC audio processors with powerful dual-MAC DSP

Fully programmable and configurable vision processor IP cores that combine the flexibility of software solutions with the low cost and low power consumption of dedicated hardware

  • ASIP Tools
  • Software development tools automate the design of ASIPsmore

ASIP Designer
Tool suite to accelerate design and verification of application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIP) and programmable accelerators

ASIP Programmer
Commercial-quality software development kits, including optimized C-compiler and high-performance simulation model

MP Designer
Tool suite for heterogeneous multicore systems-on-chips, supporting key design tasks such as C code parallelization and platform generation

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


Development Tools
Synopsys offers a complete suite of software development tools to support its comprehensive portfolio of DesignWare ARC processors. This tool suite enables customers to efficiently build, debug, profile and optimize their embedded software applications for ARC, and get an early start on software development prior to hardware availability.

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Operating Systems
Synopsys enables programmability for market-ready solution verticals by offering choice and flexibility in operating systems. To support applications that require fast, real-time response, Synopsys offers MQX RTOS, while ARC Linux offers all of the benefits of open source software, including complete source code and a large install base.

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Synopsys collaborates with a wide range of companies across the embedded and related technology industries to broaden industry support for the DesignWare ARC architecture and cores, The ARC Access Program expands the choice of embedded software and hardware solutions available for ARC processor cores. This program builds on the ecosystem of third-parties supporting the ARC architecture with software development tools, real-time operating systems (RTOSes), middleware and semiconductor IP.

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Synopsys’ embARC Open Software Platform is an easily accessible and productive solution for developing ARC processor-based embedded software. It gives software developers online access to a comprehensive suite of free and open-source software that eases the development of code for IoT and other embedded applications. Device drivers, operating systems and middleware ported to ARC processors are available as a free download from the website. The website also provides access to software development tools and documentation as well as user forums to facilitate the sharing of information and expertise among the ARC-based design community.

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