DesignWare ARC EM Processor Family

DesignWare Processor Solutions

Industry’s best performance efficiency for embedded

Unrivaled Performance Efficiency for Embedded Applications

The DesignWare® ARC® EM Family, based on the ARCv2 instruction set architecture (ISA) includes ARC EM4 and EM6, DSP-enhanced EMxD processors, and ASIL-ready EM Safety Island processors.

The ultra-compact EM cores feature excellent code density, small size and very low power consumption, making them ideal for power-critical and area-sensitive embedded and deeply embedded applications.

The ARC EM processors are supported by a broad ecosystem of commercial and open-source tools, operating systems and middleware. This includes offerings from leading industry vendors who are members of the ARC Access Program as well as a comprehensive suite of free and open source software available through the embARC.org website.

ARC Software Development Platforms:

ARC Development Tools and Software:

ARC processors are optimized to deliver the best PPA efficiency in the industry for embedded SoCs.

  • Harvard architecture for higher performance through simultaneous instruction and data memory access
  • High-speed pipeline designed for maximum power efficiency
  • 32-bit RISC engine offers a mixed 16-bit/32-bit instruction set for greater code density

ARC processors are highly configurable, allowing designers to optimize the performance, power, and area of each processor instance on their SoC.

  • Add or omit hardware features to optimize the core for your target application - no wasted gates
  • The ARChitect wizard enables drag-and-drop configuration of the core

ARC Processors EXtension (APEX) technology enables users to customize their processor implementation. 

  • Add user-defined instructions to accelerate software execution and reduce code size, reducing energy consumption and memory requirements
  • Tightly couple memories and peripherals to the processors to eliminate the need for additional bus infrastructure, reducing area and latency and increasing system-level performance