“A few years ago, the huge prospects of Internet of Things (IoT) applications have been offset by the fragmentation of software and hardware. The development cycle can be slow and painful, the choice of technology is confusing, and innovators have to enter the vertical application field to maintain internal design efficiency. This has all changed recently due to initiatives such as SystemReady IR, which is the Arm SystemReady certification program for devices at the edge of the Internet of Things.
Author: Justin Mortimer, Global Marketing Director, Edge Computing, NXP
Just a few years ago, the huge prospects of Internet of Things (IoT) applications have been offset by the fragmentation of software and hardware. The development cycle can be slow and painful, the choice of technology is confusing, and innovators have to enter the vertical application field to maintain internal design efficiency. This has all changed recently due to initiatives such as SystemReady IR, which is the Arm SystemReady certification program for devices at the edge of the Internet of Things.
At NXP, we are very happy to be at the forefront of a flexible development paradigm that we believe can accelerate development progress, provide companies with more technology options, and deploy resources more efficiently. This ultimately helps expand the horizons of embedded applications.
In short, it is a development paradigm that aims to fulfill the promise of almost limitless edge application possibilities. You may have read related content: My colleague Joe Byrne wrote this blog about the SystemReady IR certification of our popular i.MX 8M Mini application processor development kit. This is just the beginning.
The rise of the edge of safety
NXP has been unswervingly committed to creating a smarter and more efficient world. In the future, secure connected devices at the edge will work together locally and in the cloud to form a safe, intelligent and conscious system that can be predicted, automated, and protected. This vision for the future has always been the driving force behind our continued advancement in the deployment of our scalable embedded processor product portfolio. From our perspective, today’s developers now have a vision for the future. We have accelerated beyond the crossover point, and our edge processor capabilities – and equally important accessibility – can now easily handle complex tasks that were once forced into the cloud.
However, the scope required to develop and deploy a world of diverse edge applications has brought together like-minded companies to unite for a shared vision for the future. This is why NXP pays attention to Arm’s Cassini project, and why we are proud to be the vanguard of this development revolution. This is not only because we obtained the first SystemReady IR certification, but also because we have been a leader since the beginning of IoT development.
The SystemReady IR development accelerator is a series of SystemReady compliance certifications applicable to devices at the edge of the Internet of Things. These certifications are built around SoCs based on the Arm A series architecture. Following the SystemReady standard can ensure interoperability with embedded Linux, enable industrial Linux distributions to start with minimal integration work, and ensure that the software on the upper layer of the stack “works normally.” To this end, the SystemReady IR-certified platform implements the minimum hardware set operating system can rely on firmware functions to deploy operating system images.
It is part of the broader SystemReady program, which aims to test and prove that the system meets minimum standards-to ensure that the specified operating system and subsequent software layers can work properly on various Arm-based devices. SystemReady IR is part of the Project Cassini program, which aims to enable cloud-based workloads to be reduced to devices close to data production or consumption by strengthening standards, improving security, and enriching the microprocessor ecosystem. With Project Cassini and SystemReady, the huge potential of edge cloud native development can become a reality.
Provide more intelligence where you need it
Today, more and more computing is distributed closer to the data capture location to improve processing efficiency, reduce the delay of critical tasks, and bring much-needed security and privacy to the edge. Project Cassini helps speed development through an open, collaborative, standards-based development approach, which will accelerate the adoption of more intelligence at the edge and endpoints.
In a sense, SystemReady IR brings a ready-to-use concept to our partners who support the global market through NXP-based system-level modules and embedded circuit boards. Our partners are now free to use processor flexibility to match software releases, which will bring new features to their customers, while also allowing them to expand to new ones that might require more money and effort five years ago. market.
This flexibility is important because the promise of the Internet of Things has always been its inherent diversity: for example, ideas written on napkins, and countless innovations that we haven’t even thought of. This innovation requires a large number of circuit boards, running different software and firmware, and supported by many different processors. If there is no certification foundation like SystemReady, the speed of innovation will be much slower than it is now. SystemReady and Project Cassini allow professional computing without fragmentation, and lay the foundation for a larger and more dynamic global innovator ecosystem. It improves supplier choice and flexibility, and reduces costs through standardization.
It also increases the flexibility of the end customer. For example, the company may deploy smart cameras for closed-circuit television security surveillance. But assets in this field can now be used in multiple applications combined with Cassini. You can download apps for security, counting or identifying people, and monitoring traffic for pollution alerts.
What is the next step for SystemReady IR and NXP?
As part of the groundbreaking SystemReady IR certification, our i.MX 8M Mini EVK has passed compliance testing for Fedora, OpenSUSE and Debian Linux® distributions. Several additional community and commercial operating systems will soon support the SystemReady IR platform, providing developers with more operating system choices that can run on any compatible platform.
Although the i.MX 8M Mini evaluation board is the first to use SystemReady, it will not be the last. It is followed by the Compulab IOT-GATE-IMX8 board based on i.MX 8M Mini. Certification of other commercial platforms is in progress. The progress made by i.MX 8M Mini EVK laid the foundation for the approval of platforms based on other i.MX 8M series devices (i.MX 8M Quad, i.MX 8M Nano and i.MX 8M Plus application processors). The upcoming i.MX Board Support Package (BSP) will include updates to help manufacturers certify their designs based on the i.MX 8M series.
SystemReady IR is part of the visionary Project Cassini development framework, which helps to achieve safer, smarter and smarter advantages.
We are happy to be at the forefront of this change. It helps NXP expand the market scale and, more importantly, helps our partners and customers locate through a more accessible development platform so that they can solve new application areas and leverage the power of the edge faster.
The Internet of Things is a sea of possibilities. Although we have been on the road since the word “Internet of Things” appeared, we realize that we are not alone. The Internet of Things is actually a large team sport, and Cassini and SystemReady are standards-based methods that help expand opportunities for everyone.