AM65X_SR2 Host Descriptions


This chapter provides information on the set of HostIDs permitted in this AM65x 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 DMSC Secure Device Management and Security Control
3 R5_0 Non Secure Cortex R5 Context 0 on MCU island
4 R5_1 Secure Cortex R5 Context 1 on MCU island(Boot)
5 R5_2 Non Secure Cortex R5 Context 2 on MCU island
6 R5_3 Secure Cortex R5 Context 3 on MCU island
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 4 on Main island
15 A53_5 Non Secure Cortex A53 context 5 on Main island
16 A53_6 Non Secure Cortex A53 context 6 on Main island
17 A53_7 Non Secure Cortex A53 context 7 on Main island
30 GPU_0 Non Secure SGX544 Context 0 on Main island
31 GPU_1 Non Secure SGX544 Context 1 on Main island
50 ICSSG_0 Non Secure ICSS Context 0 on Main island
51 ICSSG_1 Non Secure ICSS Context 1 on Main island
52 ICSSG_2 Non Secure ICSS Context 2 on Main island
128 HOST_ID_ALL N/A Host catch all. Used in board configuration resource assignments to define resource ranges useable by all hosts. Cannot be used


  • 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