AM62X Host Descriptions


This chapter provides information on the set of HostIDs permitted in this AM62X SoC. HostIDs uniquely identify each logically distinct high level software entity. A software entity identification number (HostID) can be assigned to an OS either native or virtualized, or a firmware/native application. The HostID is used to select the set of Secure Proxy channels for which this software entity should use to communicate with the System Firmware.

As an example with an R5 core, then there could be 0, 1, or n number of R5 related hosts. The only limit is the number of available Secure Proxy Channels. Typically though, an R5 core will be assigned one secure host as well as one non secure host, but may be assigned additional hosts for certain usecases. As for other cores, some will only use secure hosts, and others will only use non secure hosts. Since the hosts are tied to Secure Proxy Channels, hosts are just a way of sectioning off data for a designated purpose.

System Firmware also checks that the used HostID comes from software running on the correct core (as implied by Host Name in the below table) and with the correct security level (Security Status column).

Additionally, one of the key reasons why HostID is tied in with Secure Proxy channels is because it prevents spoofing. When a message is received by System Firmware, the Secure Proxy channel tied to the HostID in the message is verified against the Secure Proxy channel on which the message was received. Specifically, only the HostID listed in the “Host Name” column can use the Secure Proxy channel associated with it.

Enumeration of Host IDs

Host ID Host Name Security Status Description
0 TIFS Secure Device Management and Security Control
10 A53_0 Secure Cortex a53 context 0 on Main island
11 A53_1 Secure Cortex A53 context 1 on Main island
12 A53_2 Non Secure Cortex A53 context 2 on Main island
13 A53_3 Non Secure Cortex A53 context 3 on Main island
14 A53_4 Non Secure Cortex A53 context 1 on Main island
30 M4_0 Non Secure M4
31 GPU Non Secure GPU context 0 on Main island
35 MAIN_0_R5_0 Secure Cortex R5_0 context 0 on Main island(BOOT)
36 MAIN_0_R5_1 Non Secure Cortex R5_0 context 1 on Main island
37 MAIN_0_R5_2 Secure Cortex R5_0 context 2 on Main island
38 MAIN_0_R5_3 Non Secure Cortex R5_0 context 3 on Main island
250 DM2TIFS Secure DM to TIFS communication
251 TIFS2DM Non Secure TIFS to DM communication
253 HSM Secure HSM Controller
254 DM Non Secure Device Management


  • Description provides an intended purpose of the host ID, though on some systems, this might be used differently, backing memory and link allocations are made with the specified purpose in mind
  • Security Status provides an intended purpose for the Host context