"Arm Flexible Access was created to address the opportunities presented by a world of one trillion securely connected devices", stated Rene Haas, president, Intellectual Property Group, Arm. "By converging unlimited design access with no up-front licensing commitment, we are empowering existing partners and new market players to address new growth opportunities in IoT, machine learning, self-driving cars and 5G."
Several partners, including AlphaICs, Invecas and Nordic Semiconductor, have signed on to this new Arm engagement model and already have access to a wide range of IP products, support tools and training. Arm Flexible Access complements standard Arm licensing which will continue to be the best option for partners seeking access to Arms full product portfolio and most advanced IP.
Typically, partners license individual components from Arm and pay a license fee upfront before they can access the technology. With Arm Flexible Access they pay a modest fee for immediate access to a broad portfolio of technology, then paying a license fee only when they commit to manufacturing, followed by royalties for each unit shipped. This portfolio includes all the essential Intellectual Property (IP) and tools needed for an SoC design, making it easier to evaluate or prototype with multiple IP blocks before committing to licenses.
IP available through Arm Flexible Access includes the majority of Arm-based processors within the Arm Cortex-A, -R and -M families. These CPUs accounted for 75 percent of all Cortex CPU licenses signed over the last two years. It also includes Arm TrustZone and CryptoCell security IP, select Mali GPUs, system IP alongside tools and models for SoC design and early software development. Access to Arm's global support and training services are also included.
"Nordic's range of advanced wireless products has expanded significantly in recent years in line with the rapid pace of innovation and new standards.  With diverse markets and a broad line of products we need the ability to select exactly the right foundational processor, security technology and other important features for every project.  Freely selecting what we need and then paying only for what we use through Arm Flexible Access will enable us to deliver the right solution every time", stated Trond Sæther, Director IPR, Nordic Semiconductor.
"INVECAS works with an incredibly diverse set of customers from across the globe - Arm Flexible Access will help us meet the needs of those customers by combining proven Arm processor & system IP with our own silicon proven Interface IP and develop the optimal ASIC Design Solution for our customers", stated Mr. Dasaradha R. Gude, CEO, Invecas.
"We are working on several products to address AI use cases in automotive, IoT gateways and edge computing. For this, we need access to a wide range of IP and the ability to rapidly evaluate, prototype and design. Arm's Flexible Access model gives us that agile approach to IP for the first time", stated Nagendra Nagaraja, CEO, AlphaICs.
"The rapidly progressing Artificial Intelligence space requires our team to stay ahead of our customer's needs. Arm Flexible Access enables us to incorporate the right Arm CPU in Quadric's Edge SOC to deliver real-time computing on edge devices. We are excited to be an early adopter", stated Veerbhan Kheterpal, CEO & Cofounder, Quadric.io.
"As a leading ASIC supplier our customers are demanding a wider range of innovative solutions in increasingly shorter timeframes, driven by emerging trends such as automotive and industrial IoT. In a competitive landscape, we need to deliver these solutions as quickly as possible, and Arm Flexible Access offers clear, transparent pricing where we only pay for what we use, enabling us to meet this demand", stated Mr. Gen Sasaki, Officer and Senior General Manager, Megachips.