DesignWare ARC Audio Codecs

Optimized for ARC processors with DSP capability

Synopsys offers an, extensive portfolio of fully certified and thoroughly tested audio codecs that are optimized for use with the DesignWare® ARC® AS211SFX single-core and AS221BD dual-core processors. The ARC audio codecs are delivered as part of the DesignWare ARC audio solution, which, along with the codecs, includes the highly configurable ARC audio processors with DSP audio capabilities and media streaming frameworks. This audio IP is a pre-verified solution that can be quickly integrated into an SoC to deliver a high-quality audio experience in a wide range of consumer electronic applications. Whether you're building an SoC for ultra-low power portable applications or for high-performance broadcast and home entertainment systems, the DesignWare ARC audio solution provides a full range of high-performance, easy-to-integrate audio codecs for a broad range of system-on-chip (SoC) audio applications.

Codec Deliverables

Full source code: Access to full source code enables easy integration into your SoC, and the ability to recompile the code to further differentiate and tightly integrate the codecs with peripherals and the host application.

Test harness: Each codec comes with a test-harness that you can run out-of-the-box on an FPGA, simulator or silicon.

Reference design: Synopsys provides the Media Streaming Framework, a light-weight streaming-based framework with a common API that allows you to rapidly implement multi-codec and complex audio processing applications while retaining a modular design.

Codec Certification

DesignWare ARC audio codecs are fully compliant to audio standards. Synopsys works closely with the standards holders to ensure all of its codecs are certified and up-to-date from the moment of availability. Testing against standard test vectors as well as additional stress test vectors ensures reliable operation. 

Codec Support

All audio codecs are developed, delivered, maintained, licensed and supported by Synopsys, giving customers a single point of contact to rapidly resolve any integration issues. 


All of Synopsys codecs run on the DesignWare xCAM cycle-accurate simulator for performance measurements and verification, as well as on ultra-fast instruction set simulators. This enables designers to explore different core configurations and optimize the performance of the DesignWare ARC Audio IP for their specific SoC and end application. 

Audio Licensing Authorities

Synopsys' collaborates with various licensing authorities to ensure the latest audio software technology is available for DesignWare ARC IP solutions.