Marvell aims at wireless Industrial IoT with Echelon’s IzoT

November 13, 2013

Bernard Cole-November 13, 2013

Working with controller network leader Echelon Corp.  Marvell  is making a bid to bring WiFi networking to the Industrial Internet of Things.

To achieve this goal, Marvell will include elements of Echelon's new IzoT platform in its Easy Connect Software SDK for Marvell's 88MC200 Wi-Fi Microcontroller platform, and Echelon will add a range of Marvell-based Wi-Fi control modules to its catalog for the development of industrial-grade wireless devices.

Types of devices it hopes to enable for wireless IIoT connectivity include sensors (devices that measure physical conditions), actuators (devices that take action such as closing a valve, reducing current flow, etc.) or controllers (devices with the intelligence to receive sensor data and tell various actuators what to do).

According to Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell. in typical industrial environments, these devices have had to be wired due to safety, performance, security and reliability concerns. These devices will also have to meet unique requirements, such as the ability to withstand harsh (noisy, dusty, wet, high- or low-temperature) physical conditions, sustain loss of connectivity to the Internet, operate with little or no human interaction, and perform mission-critical tasks with extremely high availability.

Echelon's recently announced IzoT device software will be available as part of the Marvell Easy Connect software developer kit (SDK). Developers using Marvell's 88MC200 Wi-Fi Microcontroller platform and Easy Connect Software will be able to download the Echelon IzoT device software and build their device applications on top of it, he said, thereby taking advantage of connectivity, control and interoperability services that are required by industrial-grade communities of devices within the IIoT.

In 2014, Echelon plans to introduce its own IzoT-optimized Wi-Fi modules based on the Marvell 88MC200 Wi-Fi microcontroller platform and the industrial-grade Marvell 8801 Wi-Fi chip with IIoT-specific I/O interfaces.

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