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By Nick Flaherty

“We are not talking about phones and tablets and cloud but IoT and edge,” said Ian Drew, chairman of “There is a need to have much better security and standardisation about how you build systems so they boot up correctly and the need for continual integration (CI) and over the air (OTA) updates  and that’s hard as every system is different. What System Ready does is start to standardised that.”

“We are working with ARM and NXP and Adlink. As an OEM you don’t want to have 50 different Linux stacks – that’s what’s we were designed to do. We are cloud agnostic and run on any architecture and do full CI and OTA for the full lifetime of a device.”

FoundriesFactory is a cloud-native, secure, updatable Linux platform for building IoT and Edge products and applications. The combination of technologies from ARM, NXP, Adlink and Arduino provides a SystemReady version of the secure, OTA-updatable Linux microPlatform distribution for use in IoT and Edge products using the NXP i.​MX 8 applications processors.

“Arduino Pro enables enterprises to transform their businesses with rapid IoT deployment” said Adriano Chinello, BU Leader at Arduino Pro. “Our new Linux-based solutions combined with FoundriesFactory and pending SystemReady IR certification will reduce our customers’ software development efforts and provide a powerful DevOps platform for secure IoT fleet deployment management and maintenance.”

Foundries.​io has also enhanced the FoundriesFactory service, so that products based on supported SoCs can achieve SystemReady compliance “out of the box”. In addition, OTA secure update capabilities for boot firmware, operating system and applications ensure that IoT and Edge products shipping today are future-proofed as the SystemReady standards evolve.

“Foundries.​io enables our customers and partners to deliver SystemReady IR certified products today, based on the NXP i.​MX 8 processor family. With our ability to perform secure OTA updates of the entire product stack, from boot firmware to applications, our customers can deliver products that are updatable for lifetimes that can exceed 20 years, ensuring compatibility with tomorrow’s software today” said George Grey, CEO of Foundries.​io.

“As the nature of compute at the edge changes, to truly scale we need to deliver the simplicity of a cloud‐native software experience across the entire edge ecosystem,” said Andrew Rose, chief system architect and fellow, Arm. “Arm SystemReady enables generic operating systems to ‘just work’ out of the box, and is a key pillar of Project Cassini, which is designed to deliver this cloud‐native platform approach. Foundries.​io’s SystemReady initiative will help vendors to accelerate time to market and improve device and fleet security.”

“NXP is leading support for the SystemReady initiative in the Arm ecosystem, with PSA compliance across a wide range of MCUs and MPUs” said Rob Oshana, Vice President of Software Engineering, NXP Semiconductors. “In partnership with Foundries.​io our customers are now able to achieve SystemReady IR compliance for multiple i.​MX products, and can use the FoundriesFactory infrastructure to simplify product certification and to provide a cloud‐native platform for Linux development, provisioning and deployment, as well as secure lifetime device management and maintenance.”

“Adlink will support SystemReady on multiple Arm product lines, including our recently announced Ampere-based Edge development platform and our NXP-based Edge computing devices, designed for demanding IoT and Edge applications” said Henri Parmentier, Senior Manager EPM-Modules Product Center at ADLINK. “With FoundriesFactory we will also offer PSA Certified solutions, ensuring that our customers’ products are future-proofed with long term maintenance through secure FOTA updates.”

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