Arm expands Total Solutions for IoT with new silicon and capabilities

Introducing an expanded roadmap, Arm is bringing new hardware and features to its Total Solutions for IoT with the new Cortex-M35 microcontroller, cloud-native edge, a solution for voice recognition, and new features for Project Centauri.

Six months ago, Arm launched its Total Solutions for IoT, which provides a complete set of tools for specific use-cases, leaving developers to focus on what matters – innovation and differentiation across diverse applications and devices. At the time, Arm also introduced Project Centauri to allow industry players to leverage the software and services they invest in across the broadest possible range of platforms.

Today, Arm is delivering on its Total Solutions for IoT roadmap with two new solutions for Cortex-M and Cortex-A processors, streamlining and accelerating the IoT and embedded development process.

Furthermore, Arm is launching the CortexM85 processor, the highest-performing and most secure Cortex-M to date, and expanding Arm Virtual Hardware to more platforms, including 3rd party devices, to make the development process more accessible.

New additions to the solutions for IoT

One of the new products is the Arm Total Solution for Cloud Native Edge Devices, the first designed for Cortex-A, based on Corstone-1000. It allows the development of application-class workloads for devices such as smart wearables, gateways, and high-end smart cameras.

Also, there is the new Total Solution for Voice Recognition, based on the Corstone-310 subsystem. The solution targets use cases ranging from smart speakers and thermostats to drones and factory robots. Developers can also take the Corstone-310 and create a full range of additional high-performance products by combining it with different reference software.

One of the key components of Total Solutions for IoT is Arm’s Virtual Hardware. It allows developers to simulate their applications on Arm-based silicon without making the physical product, removing development dependency on hardware. Today, Arm is announcing several new virtual devices to broaden its appeal. Today’s additions include Virtual Hardware for the new Corstone designs and seven new Cortex-M processors ranging from Cortex-M0 to Cortex-M33. Furthermore, Arm is expanding the library with third-party hardware from partners including NXP, STMicroelectronics, and Raspberry Pi.

New Arm Cortex-M85

The Arm Cortex-M85 is the highest performance Cortex-M processor to date, setting a new standard for secure, high-performance microcontrollers, and is a natural architectural upgrade path to Armv8-M for applications requiring significantly higher performance.

It offers:

  • A 30% scalar performance uplift compared to the Cortex-M7.
  • Arm Helium™ technology to support endpoint ML and DSP workloads.
  • Enhanced security with Arm TrustZone® technology. It also includes Pointer Authentication and Branch Target Identification (PACBTI), a new architectural feature with enhanced software attack threat mitigation to help achieve PSA Certified Level 2, a security baseline for IoT deployments.

Open IoT SDK Framework

Following on the roadmap for Project Centauri, Arm is now delivering the first release of the Open IoT SDK Framework. This contains the new Open-CMSIS-CDI software standard, a community-driven project hosted in Linaro that defines a Common Device Interface (CDI) for the Cortex-M ecosystem.

“Developers drive the future of the IoT, but they face an ever-increasing demand for higher performance, increased security, and less complex development flows,” says Mohamed Awad, vice president of IoT and Embedded at Arm. “The IoT runs on Arm, and we have a responsibility to create greater opportunities for IoT innovation and scale by continually raising the bar on performance, simplified development, and software reuse for our ecosystem.”

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