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Arm Expands Total Solutions for IoT

CAMBRIDGE, UK, Apr 27, 2022 – Arm is delivering on its Total Solutions for IoT roadmap, with two new solutions for Arm Cortex-M and Cortex-A processors, streamlining and accelerating the IoT and embedded development process. As part of the expanded roadmap, Arm is launching the Arm Cortex-M85 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.

“Developers drive the future of the IoT, but they face an ever-increasing demand for higher performance, increased security and less complex development flows,” said 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.”

Accelerating innovation with Arm Total Solutions for IoT

When Arm Total Solutions for IoT launched six months ago it signified a radical shift in the design approach for the IoT and embedded markets, combining hardware IP, platform software, machine learning (ML) models, tools and much more to simplify development and accelerate product design. At the heart of Total Solutions is Arm Corstone, a pre-integrated, pre-verified IP subsystem that frees silicon designers to focus their time and efforts on differentiation.

Launching today, the Arm Total Solution for Cloud Native Edge Devices is the first designed for Cortex-A and based on Corstone-1000. It makes the power and potential of platform operating systems like Linux easily available to IoT developers, for the first time. It allows application-class workloads to be developed for devices such as smart wearables, gateways, and high-end smart cameras. Since the Corstone-1000 is Arm SystemReady-IR compliant and features a hardware secure enclave that supports PSA Certified for a higher level of security, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can immediately enjoy the benefits of Project Cassini.

Arm’s new Total Solution for Voice Recognition is based on the Corstone-310 subsystem. It is pre-integrated with the new Cortex-M85 and the Arm Ethos-U55 to create Arm’s highest ever performance MCU-based design. The solution is targeted at use-cases ranging from smart speakers and thermostats to drones and factory robots. Developers can also take the Corstone-310 and create a whole range of additional high-performance products by combining it with different reference software.

Arm Cortex-M85: Setting a new standard for secure, high-performance microcontrollers

The Arm Cortex-M85 is the highest performance Cortex-M processor to date 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

Arm Virtual Hardware now addresses existing devices, hardware and projects

Arm Virtual Hardware is a transformative offering, designed to enable software development in advance of silicon. It allows the Arm ecosystem to easily adopt cloud-based development and CI/CD, without the need for large custom hardware farms. Hundreds of developers have used Arm Virtual Hardware to date and based on developer feedback, Arm is announcing several new virtual devices to broaden Arm Virtual Hardware’s appeal. New additions will include Arm Virtual Hardware for the new Corstone designs as well as 7 Cortex-M processors ranging from Cortex-M0 to Cortex-M33. Arm is further expanding the library with third party hardware from partners including NXP Semiconductors, ST Microelectronics and Raspberry Pi.

By extending Arm Virtual Hardware to ecosystem devices and the vast majority of the Cortex-M product line, independent software vendors and cloud service providers can now take advantage of the billions of Arm-based IoT and embedded devices which are already deployed.

Creating the foundation for standardized IoT development

In order to scale, the Cortex-M software ecosystem needs to coalesce around a consistent set of standards that enable the portability and re-use of software across a range of devices. Project Centauri was launched to deliver exactly that, so developers can focus on what really matters – innovation and differentiation. It includes Open-CMSIS-Pack, which is already supported by 9,500 microcontrollers and 450 boards, enabling software vendors to easily scale their offerings across all of these devices.

Today, Arm continues to invest in Project Centauri by 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. Eight key industry players are already involved including silicon partners, cloud service providers, original design manufacturers (ODMs) and OEMs.

Empowering developers to serve a diverse and growing market

The IoT and embedded market is incredibly diverse and serves everything from sensors to robotics, smart speakers, appliances, storage controllers and computer vision. In a market this broad, streamlining development is critical, and today’s announcements reinforce why Arm is uniquely positioned to lead the IoT ecosystem forward, ignite growth and value creation across the IoT economy.

Arm Cortex-M85, Corstone-310 and Corstone-1000 are available for licensing now and can be accessed immediately as Arm Virtual Hardware in the cloud as part of Arm Total Solutions for IoT.

Arm Virtual Hardware can be accessed at https://avh.arm.com. Third party hardware is available from partners including NXP (iMX8 Arm Cortex Complex), ST Microelectronics (STM32U5 Discovery Kit) and Raspberry Pi (RPi4).

More information on Project Centauri can be found at arm.com/solutions/iot/project-centauri.

About Arm

Arm technology is at the heart of a computing and data revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. Their energy-efficient processor designs and software platforms have enabled advanced computing in more than 215 billion chips and their technologies securely power products from the sensor to the smartphone and the supercomputer. Together with 1,000+ technology partners we are at the forefront of designing, securing and managing all areas of AI-enhanced connected compute from the chip to the cloud.

Banner Engineering Introduces Snap Signal for IIoT

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Apr 18, 2022 – Industrial automation manufacturer, Banner Engineering, introduced a new IIoT product line — Snap Signal — that captures data from nearly any industrial machine’s device and converts it to a common protocol, enabling an upgrade to Industry 4.0 and higher productivity.

Snap Signal can tell you when your machines are low on materials. (Photo: Business Wire)

Monitoring industrial equipment can be difficult. End users may not have access to PLCs that contain data, or may not want to risk altering these systems. Machine components, like sensors, rarely speak the same language. This makes it challenging when a manufacturer wants to start monitoring their equipment to gain more insight into machine performance. Snap Signal products can be used to build a brand-agnostic IIoT platform that’s composed of modular hardware and software. The system can capture and convert machine signals and protocols, such as Modbus, Analog, Discrete, Serial, or IO-Link, among others.

A Snap Signal platform can capture both condition- and process-monitoring data from existing devices such as sensors, motor controllers, and lights by using a splitter connection to monitor the signals. When used in this way it’s called an “overlay network,” meaning signals are captured without having to disturb the existing control infrastructure, reducing both the time to deploy it, and overall risk.

Snap Signal lets you monitor the pressure, current, oil temperature, motor vibration, and motor temperature of hydraulic power units. (Photo: Business Wire)

Data can be sent to various locations, including a cloud dashboard or SCADA system, which enables remote monitoring, or to other PLCs and HMIs. The solution is highly scalable and allows facilities to pilot an IIoT project by monitoring just one sensing point. This approach of starting small helps manage costs and prove future ROI with real data from the pilot. The Snap Signal portfolio includes, signal converters, wireless networking, IO-Link masters and hubs, and an industrial controller, all of which use industry-standard M12 connectors for simple installation. An optional cloud data platform, Banner Cloud Data Services, is available for users who do not have a dashboard solution already in place.

“Manufacturers are seeking a move to IIoT to increase productivity,” says Banner director of global business development, Luke Karnas. “They need data on the process improvements they’re making. Instead of having workers walking around writing numbers on clipboards, Snap Signal sends data from machines 24/7. It can be implemented at any point along your data flow chain, and it can take the complexity out of a move to Industry 4.0.”

Application Examples

View application examples to see how Snap Signal can be used to unlock facilities’ potential:

About Banner Engineering

Banner Engineering manufactures industrial automation products that include sensors, LED lights and indicators, machine safety components, and industrial wireless devices. These products help produce the cars we drive, the food we eat, the medicine we take, and many of the things we touch every day. Headquartered in Minneapolis since 1966, Banner is an industry leader with over 30,000 active products, operations on six continents, and over 5,500 employees, factory and field representatives, and application engineers. Every 3.5 seconds a Banner product is installed somewhere in the world.

For more information, visit www.BannerEngineering.com.

DFRobot Announces Beetle ESP32-C3 for IoT Applications

SHANGHAI, China, Apr 7, 2022 – DFRobot announced the new controller Beetle ESP32-C3 based on the latest ESP32-C3 RISC-V 32bit single-core processor, ideal for IoT applications, covering a wide range from consumer electronics, wearables up to industrial IoT (IIoT) like manufacturing, healthcare monitoring equipment, etc.

Beetle ESP32-C3 is designed with a compact size of 25mm * 20.5mm, up to 13 IO ports, simplified Lithium-ion battery charging management directly connected with ESP32-C3 without extra module, all of which ensure Beetle ESP32-C3 a perfect solution to meet the size and safety requirements in IoT application.

DFRobot Beetle ESP32-C

DFRobot Beetle ESP32-C3

The equipped expansion board for Beetle ESP32-C3 brings more power pins without increasing the controller size, more convenient to solder. Besides, the onboard easy-to-connect GDI resolves wiring problems when using a screen.

Beetle ESP32-C3 supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5(LE) dual-mode communication that not only makes the configuration easy, but also facilitates a variety of use-cases based on dual connectivity. It also supports Bluetooth Mesh protocol and Espressif Wi-Fi Mesh, guaranteeing a reliable and strong Wi-Fi connection and larger coverage.

Tutorials and samples for Beetle ESP32-C3 are provided for users to use the controller’s Wi-Fi function, such as connecting to IoT platforms like Aliyun, IFTTT, etc. Beetle ESP32-C3 can be programmed using Arduino IDE, ESP-IDF and MicroPython. C and Python are both supported.

“Beetle ESP32-C3 delivers an excellent design in improving the size and power pin. Size is regarded as the critical requirement for any IoT product design. We have been always optimizing dimensions in the controller design. The ultra-small size of Beetle ESP32-C3 would help users to overcome the size limitation easier, and no longer are subjected to the size limitation of the master controller,” said Eddard Zhu, product manager of DFRobot, “Soldering would be made difficult due to the inappropriate power pin design in many controller designs. The extension board has been optimally designed to add GDI and more power pins for easier soldering, when connecting Beetle ESP32-C3 to sensors or a screen.”

Key Features

  • Ultra-small size of 25mm * 20.5mm
  • RISC-V core development board
  • Lithium-ion battery charging management guarantees safer charging and discharging
  • The expansion boards are more convenient for users to make projects or use a screen
  • RISC-V 32bit core
  • Support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5(LE) dual-mode communication

For more information about Beetle ESP32-C3, please visit: https://www.dfrobot.com/product-2566.html.

About DFRobot

DFRobot was founded from a local maker community in 2008, among the first to embrace open source hardware, we keep creating innovative, user-friendly hardware & software products that become the building blocks in all kinds of electronic projects and fostering a strong community of learners around it.

After a decade, DFRobot has expanded from open source hardware to STEM education, manufacturing, and other industries. The company’s production lines cover from gadgets around Arduino, LattePanda, Raspberry Pi, micro:bit, to comprehensive learning kits for K12 students such as Boson kit, micro:Maqueen series and Mind Plus.