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ARM accelerates secure IoT from chip to cloud

The new suite of technologies will further enable its successful ecosystem with the fastest and most efficient route to secure IoT applications


The IoT already runs on ARM but now the chip company wants to help it scale globally
The IoT already runs on ARM but now the chip company wants to help it scale globally

ARM has released its most comprehensive product suite ever to deliver new levels of security, efficiency, low-power connectivity and device life cycle management for the Internet of Things (IoT).


With new processors, radio technology, subsystems, end-to-end security and a cloud-based services platform, ARM is aiming to increase the rate at which IoT scales globally.


“As IoT technologies become more pervasive, it is time for a complete solution that secures data from the sensor to the service,” said Pete Hutton, executive vice president and president of product groups, ARM. “ARM partners shipped a record 15 billion chips last year, many destined for smart embedded applications.


The IoT already runs on ARM but the goal now is scale, which we are enabling today through a uniquely comprehensive set of technologies and services built to work together seamlessly.”


The ARM ecosystem is the industry’s most successful IoT partnership with more than 1,000 members. ARM’s latest suite of technologies will further enable the ecosystem with the fastest and most efficient route to secure IoT applications from the chip through to device management in any cloud.


To kick off, it is bringing the proven set of security extensions TrustZone to Cortex-M processors. ARM Cortex-M23 and Cortex-M33 are the first embedded processors based on the ARMv8-M architecture, bringing the secure foundation of ARM TrustZone to the most constrained IoT nodes. The majority of the top ten global MCU suppliers have already licensed one or both processors. Lead partners include Analog Devices, Microchip, Nuvoton, NXP, Renesas, Silicon Labs and STMicroelectronics.


Silicon design teams can now reduce their time to market and target multiple IoT applications with a new range of ARM system IP optimised for the latest Cortex-M processors.


ARM CoreLink SIE-200 is already licensed by ARM silicon partners and provides the interconnects and controllers that extend TrustZone to the system. The CoreLink SSE-200 IoT subsystem claims to reduce time to market by six to 12 months by integrating Cortex-M33, CryptoCell and Cordio radio along with software drivers, secure libraries, protocol stack and mbed OS.


IoT connectivity is enhanced by next-generation ARM Cordio radio IP with Bluetooth 5 and 802 15.4-based standards ZigBee and Thread. The specifications are the most popular, ultra-low power radio standards used in IoT applications. Developers can choose from a standard radio implementation across a range of process nodes from multiple foundries. The Cordio architecture supports ARM and third-party RF.


The ARM mbed IoT Device Platform has also been expanded to include mbed Cloud, a new standards and cloud-based SaaS solution for secure IoT device management. Through mbed Cloud, OEMs can:


  • Simplify connection, provisioning, updating and securing of devices across complex networks
  • Enable faster scaling, productivity and time to market, allowing developers to use any device on any cloud
  • Enhance device-side capabilities with mbed OS 5, supported by a global community of 200,000 developers and more than 1 million device builds per month.


Finally the development and implementation of SoCs based on the latest Cortex-M processors can be accelerated with ARM Artisan IoT POP IP now available for TSMC 40 ULP process technology. ARM Artisan IoT POP IP is vital in enabling low-power designs and optimising for IoT applications through:


  • Innovative logic and memory architecture features to maximise performance while minimising area and dynamic power
  • Silicon-proven physical IP that works seamlessly with Cortex-M33
  • Seamless integration with CoreLink SSE-200 IoT subsystem to ease the challenge of implementing low-power designs.



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