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Synopsys DesignWare ARC EM Family: Efficient CPU Cores for Embedded Applications (A White Paper from The Linley Group)

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Synopsys is well known as an EDA company, offering its DesignWare library of licensable intellectual property that includes interface IP, analog IP, embedded memories, and logic libraries. Although most chip designers know that DesignWare also includes licensable CPU cores and subsystems, many are surprised to learn that Synopsys is second only to ARM in the number of chips that use its cores.

This paper describes Synopsys’ DesignWare® ARC® EM Processor Family, the company’s newest licensable CPU cores for embedded applications that benefit from 32-bit RISC performance with a tiny silicon footprint and minimal power consumption. According to vendor testing with EEMBC, SPEC, and other benchmarks, the newest ARC EM CPUs have excellent code density while delivering high performance using less power in a small silicon-area footprint. The Linley Group prepared this report after evaluating performance data and technical features for the recently upgraded EM4 and EM6 CPU cores.


The DesignWare ARC EM family includes the EM4 and EM6 processor cores, the first CPU cores built with the new ARCv2 ISA and pipeline. These cores offer outstanding performance efficiency, optimized for use in power-sensitive embedded and deeply embedded applications where high performance with minimum power consumption is required.

For datasheets, training videos, information on hardware and software development tools, or to request an evaluation, visit the ARC EM Processor website

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