Software-Hardware Codesign to Accelerate IoT and ML Development


Arm Virtual Hardware (AVH) scales and accelerates IoT software development by virtualizing popular IoT development kits, Arm-based processors, and systems in the cloud. It is an evolution of Arm’s modeling technology that removes the wait for hardware and the complexity of building and configuring board farms for testing. It enables modern agile software development practices, such as DevOps and MLOps.

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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.

Achieve 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.

Accelerate Development

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

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Arm Virtual Hardware Corstone and CPUs
Arm Virtual Hardware Third-Party Hardware


Cloud-based models of Corstone and Cortex-M processors for low-level software development, independent of the hardware.

Cloud-based models of popular IoT development kits, including peripherals, sensors, and board components already in production. 

  • Based on Arm Fast Model technology developed alongside Arm’s processor IP.
  • Precisely simulates instruction and exception behaviors.
  • Runs locally on desktops, as well as cloud-based CI/CD configurations.
  • Based on Arm Neoverse CPUs, executing natively at a higher speed than traditional modeling technologies.
  • Functionally accurate models of complete SoCs and development kits, including peripherals, sensors, and other board components. These models are not performance accurate.
  • Executes the same binaries as real hardware and leverages the board SDKs and software code examples.
  • Utilizes cloud-based servers, avoiding the complexity and cost of maintaining physical hardware.

Products Included
Products Included
  • NXP® i.MX 8M Arm Cortex Complex
  • NXP® i.MX 93 Applications Processor
  • STM32U5 IoT Discovery Kit
  • Raspberry Pi Model 4

Designed for
Designed for
  • Software validation and MLOps workflows for IoT, ML, and embedded applications.
  • CI workflows for unit and integration testing of software modules with abstracted I/O interfaces.
  • Exploration of reference IoT software and stacks.
  • Training and education.
  • Software developers building IoT, ML, and embedded applications.
  • OS (e.g. Linux) distribution and application verification with binary compatible images.
  • Integration with IoT cloud service providers solutions.
  • Demonstration, training, and education for modern IoT cloud-native software development practices.
  • Arm Virtual Hardware-as-a-Service via API.

  • Via AWS AMI, infrastructure costs vary on usage. Visit AWS Marketplace for more information.
  • Via Keil MDK Professional, no extra cost to users of the MDK-Professional edition.
  • Via Arm’s SaaS platform, free 30-day trial followed by a charge based on usage at a rate of $1.50 per device-hour.

Free 30-day trial

  • Open to all with an Arm Account.
  • Access to up to two devices.
  • Up to 24 hours of continuous virtual device uptime, after which the virtual device is automatically shut down and must be restarted by the user.

Paid service

  • Charged based on usage at a rate of $1.50 per device-hour, where a device-hour is one hour of any one instance of Arm Virtual Hardware.


  • Available for open-source software development and other non-commercial, academic, or research usage.
  • Volume discounts available based on either number of virtual devices or quantity of device hours.
  • Contact to access discounted rates.

Resources and Support
Resources and Support

How to get started
How to get started

Available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) on AWS Marketplace.

AWS AMI – Mainland China Only*

Available via Keil-MDK Professional.

Available on Arm's SaaS platform as a public beta. Register here.

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Available on Arm's SaaS platform as a public beta. Register here.

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* For users inside mainland China, please access AVH through AWS China Marketplace for a better user experience.

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