The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) announced a collaboration with Arm, a semiconductor intellectual property (IP) company, to expand support under the design-linked incentive scheme (DLI) and further facilitate semiconductor market growth in India.

As part of this announcement, the Arm Flexible Access for Startups program, which gives $0 license fee access to a broad portfolio of verified Arm IP, tools and training, is now broadening its qualification criteria to welcome applications from startups that qualify under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s (MeitY) SemiconIndia future DLI scheme. The DLI scheme aims to offer financial incentives as well as design infrastructure support across various stages of the development and deployment of semiconductor design(s).

The Arm Flexible Access for Startups program offers a low-risk and easy way for companies to access industry-proven technology, technical support, an extensive ecosystem, and the broad developer base of Arm. This enables silicon companies to move quickly, experiment with ease, and design with confidence.

Through this partnership, CDAC and Arm intend to work together to achieve the broad goals of providing access to CPU and system IPs, reference designs, graphics processing unit (GPU), internet service provider (ISP), and artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator IPs, as well as software development tools, to the entrepreneurs. Additionally, Arm will make hundreds of artisan physical IP devices accessible, enabling a variety of foundries and process nodes for physical design and implementation. Startups chosen through DLI will be eligible for the Arm Flexible Access for Startups programme.