ARM is giving startups free access to widely used chip designs


For startups, the current economic climate poses additional challenges on top of the already high research and development costs. ARM’s Flexible Access for Startups is the company’s way to encourage these projects to continue by giving them free access to 75 percent of its chip portfolio.
ARM-based hardware is eating the world and is slowly permeating the PC desktop and server markets in the process. Hardware startups, however, are stuck between a rock and a hard place, and are forced to adapt by optimizing their operational and R&D costs to keep the lights on.

ARM announced this week it’ll give these early-stage companies zero-cost access to a huge chunk of its IP portfolio, including some of its most widely used chip designs that it already licenses to tech giants like Qualcomm, Samsung, and Apple.

The move is an extension of the company’s existing Flexible Access program, and will give startups and incubators a way to design and prototype using ARM solutions like Cortex A, R, and M CPU families, Mali GPUs, and image signal processors with the added benefit of global support, development tools, and extensive training resources.