The Arm SystemReady program has reached a significant milestone with over 50 certifications since its launch only two years ago. This demonstrates the tremendous momentum behind the standards approach to ease wide scale deployment and encourage true innovations. In addition, we announce that two Arm products are now certified under the program, the Morello demonstrator board and Corstone-1000.
Arm introduced the SystemReady program during Arm DevSummit in October 2020 to a broad set of partners. This was enabled after a decade of ecosystem development of the standards-based hardware and firmware requirements specification and implementations. SystemReady provides a formal set of compute platform definitions. These cover a range of systems from the cloud to the IoT and edge, helping software 'just work' seamlessly across a vibrant, diverse ecosystem of Arm-based hardware. It delivers a foundational certification program.
Morello is a research program with the potential to radically change the way we design and program processors in the future to improve built-in security. This is part of the UKRI funded Digital Security by Design program (DSbD). Morello has a transformative goal to radically update the security foundations of the digital computing infrastructure that underpins the entire global economy. The main output is a technology platform prototype, designed and produced by Arm: The Morello evaluation board.
We are proud to announce that the Morello evaluation board has achieved the SystemReady ES certification. This is the very first Arm-built evaluation board certified with SystemReady ES. In addition, the Arm Morello SoC is the first ever Arm-built SoC that is compliant to PCIe ECAM. What this means is that the Morello board can support generic off-the-shelf operating systems such as Windows, VMware and Linux, out of the box, with no need to patch.
The success with Morello is greatly due to its compliant SoC, achieved with the pre-silicon compliance tests. Before the Morello SoC was manufactured, the design went through pre-silicon compliance testing. The tests ensured the chip is compliant with the BSA/SBSA specifications, therefore, designed for SystemReady. Testing for pre-silicon compliance meant that software would ‘just work’. And indeed, no compliance issues were found on-silicon, we were able to boot different OSs with minimal effort and the SystemReady certification for the Morello board was straightforward. This is a change of mindset with huge benefits. Testing for pre-silicon compliance de-risks the expensive production of silicon, by having confidence that the end hardware is designed to run software successfully.
Pre-silicon compliance testing tools and solutions are available from EDA partners, and developed in collaboration with Arm.
We are proud to share that the Arm Corstone-1000 has been certified in the SystemReady IR band.
Corstone-1000 integrates the Arm Cortex-A and enables easy implementation of heterogeneous systems with Cortex-M processors, providing the best of both worlds: high performance and extreme power efficiency in a single system. It comes with an extensive set of configuration options which have been fully verified. Software reuse to help reduce time to market is greatly facilitated by Corstone-1000 System Ready IR certification. Reducing SoC development time is a key concern in the industry so getting Corstone-1000 SR certified was an obvious choice.
We have received strong support across the ecosystem since the program was established. We would like to use this opportunity to thank our SystemReady supporters. We look forward to both new and continued collaborations in the years ahead.
In conclusion, the Arm SystemReady program has reached a new significant milestone today: Over 50 SystemReady certifications since inception. These systems all demonstrate interoperability within the specific bands allowing an out of the box experience for the end user, with software up the stack ‘just working’. Certified systems are listed here in their relevant bands. If you would like to become SystemReady certified, please contact the team by filling out this form.
We congratulate all of our ecosystem partners on achieving the following certified devices.