Microchip goes to the Cloud for IoT design

October 23, 2013

Bernard Cole-October 23, 2013

Microchip Technology has just made available to developers what it considers is a simple Cloud Development Platform  that provides designers with the ability to easily create an Internet of Things working demo that connects an embedded application with the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service.

Mike Ballard, senior manager of Microchip’s Home Appliance Solutions Group (and leader of its Cloud Enablement Team), said it is available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace, and is designed to allow embedded engineers to quickly learn cloud based communication.

At the heart of this platform is Microchip’s Wi-Fi Client Module Development Kit,  which includes the WCM demo board utilizing a Microchip WiFi Module RN171 and an application microcontroller PIC24. The device allows commissioning to a router and then connects to an Amazon AWS server (the AWS account and AMI must be established prior to module commissioning).

According to Ballard, a rapidly growing number of embedded engineers need to add cloud connectivity to their designs, but have limited experience in this area. He said Amazon EC2 is a Web service that provides scalable, pay-as-you-go compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make Web-scale computing easier for developers.

“I view this as a huge step forward for corporations who produce embedded products, to quickly develop infrastructure and connect their devices to the cloud,” said Ballard. “With the vast amount of expertise and scalability provided by AWS, developers can easily customize their connectivity instances and the user’s experience.”

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