Enabling Software-Hardware Co-Design to Accelerate IoT and ML Development 

Arm Virtual Hardware (AVH) is an evolution of Arm’s modelling technology delivering models of Arm-based processors, systems, third party hardware for application developers and SoC designers to build and test software before silicon and hardware availability. It runs as a simple cloud application for simulating memory and peripherals, removing the complexity of building and configuring board farms for testing, and enables modern agile software development practices, such as continuous integration and continuous deployment CI/CD (DevOps) and MLOps workflows.

Features and Benefits

Develop Software with Confidence

Replace physical hardware with a mature, instruction accurate, and extensible modeling engine, enabling modern software development best practices for IoT and endpoint AI applications.

Maximum Scalability

Easily run and scale CI infrastructure in the cloud with potentially thousands of virtual boards being launched in seconds. Rapidly experiment with and test complex multidevice configurations.

Accelerating Development

Start developing and testing software quickly on Arm-based technology using agile software development practices such as CI/CD (DevOps) and MLOps workflows.

Arm Virtual Hardware Lab Series

Join this Virtual Lab Series for an introduction to using Arm Virtual Hardware and discover how it can accelerate product design by up to two years.

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AVH Corstone

Arm Corstone provides a fast route to build secure IoT SoCs with pre-integrated processor, security, and system IP. AVH models of selected Arm Corstone subsystems are available on AWS Marketplace as Amazon Machine Images (AMIs).

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The energy-efficient Arm Cortex-M series offers the optimal balance between area, performance, and power. AVH models of popular Arm Cortex-M processors are available on AWS Marketplace as Amazon Machine Images (AMIs).

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AVH 3rd Party Hardware

AVH 3rd Party Hardware aim to model everything on IoT development kits. AVH 3rd Party Hardware currently simulate common peripherals and components, including CPUs, sensors, and connectivity modules, and will soon include third party hardware IP blocks, NPUs, ISPs, and VSPs.

These models of popular ecosystem third party hardware are supported by standard manufacturer software.

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Leveraging IoT Software at Scale

Arm Virtual Hardware is a key part of Arm Total Solutions for IoT, a comprehensive solution for accelerating IoT development which combines hardware, software, and innovative approaches to tooling.

To support this accelerated IoT development, deliver sustainable services at scale, and address issues of fragmentation across the complete IoT continuum, Arm and our partners are collaborating on industry initiatives to establish standards-based approaches for rapid IoT development from endpoints to the cloud.

Project Centauri is working with partners to solve common industry challenges, reduce barriers to deployment and enable scale across the Arm-based microcontroller ecosystem.

Project Cassini is an open, collaborative initiative that aims to ensure a cloud-native experience across the Arm-based IoT and infrastructure edge ecosystem.