ARM Holdings is looking to bolster its synthesisable core programme through a link with EDA group Synopsys.
The two have developed a reference design, initially for the ARM946E-S core, ranging from the register transfer level to GDSII.
Synopsys helped ARM develop the synthesisable ARM7 and has carried out similar work for cores and intellectual property (IP) from Infineon Technologies and NEC.
Simon Segars, ARM's vice-president for engineering said: "The reference design flow will become the foundation methodology for our soft IP core solution."
Rich Goldman, vice-president of strategic market development for Synopsys, said: "End designers of ARM-powered products can more rapidly integrate an ARM core into their products using the new reference design flow."
The design uses logical and physical synthesis technologies. It is available immediately.