The Synopsys ARC® EM Starter Kit is a low-cost, versatile solution enabling rapid software development, software debugging, and profiling for the ARC EM Family of processors, including the EM4, EM6, EM5D, EM7D, EM9D and EM11D cores.
The ARC EM Starter Kit consists of a hardware platform, including three pre-installed FPGA images of different ARC EM processor configurations with peripherals. One of the configurations includes the Enhanced Security Package (ESP) for ARC EM processors. A comprehensive suite of free and open source software is available from the website for use with the board. Over fifty example applications are included to help get started quickly with developing software for ARC EM processors.
The development board is based on a Xilinx Spartan®-6 LX150 FPGA and supports a variety of hardware extensions via six 2x6 connectors supporting a total of 48 user I/O pins (plus power and ground pins) that can be used to connect components such as sensors, actuators, memories, displays, buttons, switches, and communication devices. A Digilent Pmod™ Compatible extension board containing a 4-channel 12-bit A/D converter with an I2C interface and an AC power adapter is included in the package.