Access to the wide range of Arm IP will allow startups to experiment, design and prototype with Arm solutions throughout the product development cycle. The company defines “early-stage” as startups with up to $5m in funding. Those startups will be allowed access to a broad portfolio of Arm-based processors, including IP from the Arm Cortex-A, -R and -M processor families, select Arm Mali GPUs, ISPs, and other SoC building blocks. Startups will also be able to access Arm’s ecosystem of silicon designers, software developers, support, training and tools.
As part of the same program, Arm has also agreed a strategic partnership with Silicon Catalyst, an incubator dedicated to assisting startups to quicken silicon solutions. Silicon Catalyst members can now access Arm IP, EDA tools and prototype silicon for free.
A new wave of silicon startups has been launched with new use cases emerging. A report from Semico Research looked into those startups and found:
A 10 X increase in funding between 2016 to 2019. In the last five years silicon startups have received funding of over US$ 1.3B.
Over a third of startups that in the past five years are targeting automotive, with another third targeting IoT applications.
Key challenges for semiconductor startups include having small engineering teams facing the increasing complexity of SoC designs and need to satisfy a growing range of customer and market requirements in the shortest timeframes possible.
Missing a market window could mean the difference between success or failure, so they rely heavily on a strong ecosystem to enable fast, low risk and robust product development.
Semico research report