Synopsys ARC Software Development Platforms

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

ARC Software Development Platforms

Synopsys currently offers the AXS103 Software Development Platform, which consists of a mainboard with a CPU card:

ARC Software Development Platform CPU Card Supported Processors
AXS103 AXC003 ARC HS34, HS36, HS38

It comes with an associated software package of pre-built operating systems, drivers and application examples. Readily licensable Synopsys 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 Software Development Platform

The mainboard includes a battery-backed real-time clock and a clock generator for the primary 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 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/HS36 100 MHz
ARC HS38 90 MHz

The ARC AXC003 CPU card contains 256 kByte of on-chip SRAM and features 1 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 Synopsys ARC AXS103 Software Development Platform with associated CPU Card

Synopsys ARC AXC003 CPU Card Datasheet
Synopsys 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 AXS103 Platform supports the ARC HS34, HS36 and HS38 Processors
  • Rapid system bring-up for early software development
  • 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