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The DesignWare® ARC® Software Development Platforms are complete, standalone platforms that enable software development, debugging and profiling.

ARC Software Development Platforms

Synopsys currently has three Software Development Platforms available: AXS101, AXS102 and AXS103, and each consists of a mainboard with a CPU card:

ARC Software Development Platform CPU Card Supported Processors
AXS101 AXC001 ARC 770D, 625D/AS221BD, EM4/EM6
AXS102 AXC002 ARC HS34, HS36
AXS103 AXC003 ARC HS34, HS36, HS38

All three come with an associated software package of pre-built operating systems, drivers and application examples. Readily licensable DesignWare IP has been used to build the peripherals on the mainboard, giving the system a rich set of I/O that can also be implemented in an SoC. Additional expansion interfaces, such as five Digilent Pmod™ Compatible connectors, support the integration of other custom and commercially available hardware add-ons.

The ARC Software Development Mainboard contains a variety of peripheral interfaces including a USB2.0 host, HDMI, Ethernet, audio and several serial protocols. It features an SD card reader and includes multiple memories for storing boot code, application code, operating system and data.

The mainboard also features a USB data port combined with a converter, which provide a JTAG debug interface and a debug console via a single USB cable. Additionally, industry-standard debug probes from Ashling, Digilent and Lauterbach are also supported. Separate UART interfaces for a debug console are available as well.

The ARC Software Development Platform can easily be combined with Synopsys' HAPS® FPGA-Based Prototyping Solution through a built-in HapsTrak® connector to enable SoC prototyping.

ARC AXS101 Software Development Platform

The mainboard includes a battery-backed real-time clock and a clock generator for the master clock from which all other clocks are derived internally. Additionally, 16 LEDs, six push buttons and one 9-bit DIP switch are available for user applications.

ARC AXS101 Software Development Platform

The ARC AXS101 Software Development Platform, which includes the AXC001 CPU Card hardware, has an ARC Processor IC with a total of four ARC CPUs that allow processor operation at the following target speeds:

One ARC 770D 33 - 800 MHz
One ARC 625D/AS221BD 33 – 600 MHz
One ARC EM4/EM6 33 – 475 MHz

One of the cores of the AS221BD can boot individually as an ARC 625D. The ARC EM6 can be used as an ARC EM4 by disabling the caches.

The ARC Processor IC also includes audio peripherals and 128 kByte of on-chip SRAM and the CPU Card features 512 MByte of DDR2-SDRAM. The deliverables include a software package containing a pre-built Linux image, U-Boot, pre-built MQX Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) binaries, bare metal drivers and application examples. Code development is made easy using the ARC MetaWare Development Toolkit, including the free MetaWare Lite tools. For Linux development, the ARC GNU tools can be used to develop software on the ARC 770D processor.

ARC AXS102 Software Development Platform

The ARC AXS102 Software Development Platform, which includes the AXC002 CPU Card, has the ARC HS34 and HS36 Processors. This allows processor operation at the following target speeds:

ARC HS34 33 - 125 MHz
ARC HS36 33 – 100 MHz

The AXC002 CPU card contains 256 kByte of on-chip SRAM and features 1 GByte of DDR3-SDRAM. The deliverables include a software package containing bare metal drivers and application examples. Code development is made easy using the MetaWare Development Toolkit, MetaWare Lite tools or the ARC GNU Tool Chain.

ARC AXS103 Software Development Platform

The ARC AXS103 Software Development Platform includes the AXC003 CPU Card and supports the ARC HS34, HS36 and HS38 processors. It allows processor operation at the following speeds:

ARC HS34 33 - 125 MHz
ARC HS36 33 – 100 MHz
ARC HS38 33 – 100 MHz

The ARC AXC003 CPU card contains 256 kByte of on-chip SRAM and features 2 GByte of DDR3-SDRAM. The software delivered as part of the ARC AXC003 CPU Card includes pre-built SMP Linux image (plus the U-boot bootloader) and the MQX RTOS in binary format. Bare metal and MQX RTOS device driver source code for a subset of the peripherals and example applications. Code development is made easy using the MetaWare Development Toolkit, MetaWare Lite tools or the ARC GNU Tool Chain.

Order the DesignWare ARC AXS101 or ARC AXS102 Software Development Platform with associated CPU Card

DesignWare ARC AXC001 CPU Card Datasheet
DesignWare ARC AXC002 CPU Card Datasheet
DesignWare ARC AXC003 CPU Card Datasheet
DesignWare ARC AXS101 Software Development Platform Datasheet
DesignWare ARC AXS102 Software Development Platform Datasheet
DesignWare ARC AXS103 Software Development Platform Datasheet
 



Synopsys Launches DesignWare ARC Software Development Platforms
Learn how Synopsys' new DesignWare® ARC® Software Development Platforms help designers accelerate software development for their ARC processor-based designs. These ready-to-use, integrated hardware and software platforms provide software developers an out-of-the-box solution that incorporates the hardware and software needed to significantly accelerate the code development, including silicon-proven ARC processors, peripheral I/O, operating systems and drivers, all on a single, integrated platform.

Allen Watson
Product Marketing Manager, ARC Tools, Synopsys

  • The AXS101 Platform supports the ARC 625D, ARC 770D, AS221BD, ARC EM4 and EM6 Processors
  • The AXS102 Platform supports the ARC HS34 and HS36 Processors
  • The AXS103 Platform supports the ARC HS34, HS36 and HS38 Processors
  • Rapid system bring-up for early software development
  • High-speed operation with ARC Development System IC on the AXC001 CPU Card
  • Broad range of interfaces including USB 2.0 host, HDMI, Ethernet, I2C, SPI, UART, GPIO, and SD card reader
  • On-board stereo and multi-channel audio
  • HapsTrak® extension connector with fast AXI tunnel up to 150 MHz for system prototyping
  • Extensible with Digilent PmodTM Compatible and other peripheral modules
  • Software packages include pre-built Linux image, GNU Tool Chain, MQX RTOS binary, bare metal device drivers and example applications, depending on the platform