DesignWare ARC EM Starter Kit

The DesignWare® 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 pre-installed FPGA images of different ARC EM processor configurations with peripherals. 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.

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DesignWare ARC EM Starter Kit

DesignWare ARC EM Starter Kit

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DesignWare ARC EM Starter Kit


  • Rapid software development for ARC EM processor cores
  • Ready-to-use out of the box
  • Based on Xilinx Spartan-6 LX150
  • 128 MByte DDR3
  • On-board clock generation
  • Six connectors for hardware extensions
  • Pre-installed FPGA images with different configurations of DesignWare ARC EM processors
  • Flexible selection of UART, SPI, I2C and GPIO peripherals
  • JTAG and serial console over USB
  • Standard 20-pin JTAG connector also supporting 4-wire JTAG for ARC EM processor
  • 2Mbyte for application software available in on-board flash
  • SD-Card for additional application software and data storage
  • Software package available at with over fifty application examples
  • Supported as part of the open source Zephyr Project
  • Supported by the MetaWare Development Toolkit, MetaWare Lite and the ARC GNU Toolchain