NXP, Advantech join ARM’s Project Cassini

January 10, 2022 // By Nick Flaherty
NXP, Advantech join ARM’s Project Cassini
NXP and Advantech have joined ARM’s Project Cassini that aims to simplify the development of IoT systems around the NXP i.MX8m Plus chip

Advantech and NXP Semiconductors have joined ARM’s Project Cassini and its SystemReady program to offer one of the first complete boards with software to developers of systems for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The RSB-3720 Single Board Computer and EPC-R3720 Box Computer are powered by the NXP i.MX8m Plus based on ARM Cortex-A53.

Project Cassini is an open, collaborative, standards-based initiative to deliver a seamless cloud-native software experience for devices on ARM Cortex-A.  It reduces the complexity of software deployment and makes it simpler to scale.

This is key as according to a forecast by Statista, the total number of installed IoT devices worldwide will reach almost 31 billion units by 2025, a sharp jump from the 13.8 billion units from 2021.

The three elements of Project Cassini are ARM SystemReady certification program, PSA Certified and Platform Abstraction for Security (PARSEC), as well as reference implementations for a cloud-native ecosystem.

ARM SystemReady separates the SoC silicon from software such as operating systems, hypervisors, and containers, ensuring that any off-the-shelf OS can be installed on different SoCs without the need for further engineering work or fine tuning. This means less investment is required from silicon providers on the support side, more choices for the OEMs, and the ability to focus on higher value differentiation.

The PSA Certified program offers a security framework that ensures a security baseline aligned with key standards and use-case requirements for edge IoT devices. The PARSEC open-source project allows cloud-native workloads to find the hardware Root of Trust (RoT) for authentication and orchestration that has become the norm in data centres.

“We adopted NXP’s SystemReady compliance Board Support Package and equipped these products with drivers for add-on peripherals and embedded Linux,” said Aaron Su, AVP of


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