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Arm ends annual fee for start-ups using Flexible Access scheme

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Arm has announced that it is offering deferred licence fees for start-ups with under $5 million in funding as well as free access to Arm IP and support for firms in the Silicon Catalyst incubator.

Flexible Access for Start-ups is an extension of Arm's highly successful Flexible Access program. This new initiative offers early-stage silicon start-ups zero-cost access to a broad range of Arm’s IP, along with global support and training resources.

“In today’s challenging business landscape, enabling innovation is critical, now more than ever, start-ups with brilliant ideas need the fastest, most trusted route to success and scale,” said Dipti Vachani, senior vice president and general manager, Automotive and IoT Line of Business, Arm. “Arm Flexible Access for Start-ups offers new silicon entrants a faster, more cost-efficient path to working prototypes, resulting in strengthened investor confidence for future funding.”

Start-ups meeting the criteria laid out by Arm will have 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 foundational SoC building blocks. Start-ups will also be able to supplement their in-house skills and experience with access to Arm’s ecosystem of silicon designers, software developers, support, training and tools.

As part of the introduction of Arm Flexible Access for Start-ups, Arm has also announced a strategic partnership with Silicon Catalyst, an incubator focused exclusively on helping start-ups accelerate silicon solutions. Silicon Catalyst members will now be able to access Arm IP, EDA tools and prototype silicon for free, significantly reducing costs at the critical stage of the business.