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 processors, security processors, audio processors and codecs, operating 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 processors, which are specifically optimized to meet the demanding power and performance requirements of embedded vision applications. The EV processors are supported by a comprehensive software programming environment based on common embedded vision standards including OpenVX™ and OpenCL™ C, as well as Synopsys’ MetaWare Development Toolkit.

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

ARC SEM Family
Performance-, power-, area-efficient security processors for 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

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

ARC Options
Separately licensable options for ARC cores

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

ARC Tools & Ecosystem
Commercial & open-source tools for development of ARC-based systems

EV5x Family
Dual-, quad-core vision processors with CNN for fast and accurate object detection

EV6x Family
Multicore vision processors with CNN and 512-bit wide vector DSPs support broad range of vision algorithms

  • 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


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