Microsoft plans IoT SoC - Embedded.com

Microsoft plans IoT SoC

TAIPEI — MediaTek is working with Microsoft to deliver this year the first Azure Sphere chip, the MT3620 that the partners expect to drive IoT innovation with built-in security and connectivity.

Azure Sphere is designed for highly secured, connected MCU-powered devices at a price that the companies expect will make enterprise-class security affordable for an array of cloud-connected gadgets.

MediaTek and Microsoft have worked together to develop a specialized chipset with a Wi-Fi connected controller built around a processor designed to run Azure Sphere’s IoT operating system that includes support for Microsoft’s latest security protocols. The chipsets will be sold as part of the Azure Sphere solution, enabling customers to connect their MCU-powered products and devices with protection and security provided by Microsoft.

“Microsoft had a vision we also believed in. Bringing trust and security into IoT solutions from chip to cloud, to make connected devices practical to sell and manage for businesses and consumers,” said Jerry Yu, a MediaTek vice president, in a press statement.

MediaTek is the reference chip partner for the Azure Sphere Partner Program.

Cost and Security

The partners expect a significant drop in the cost of connectivity will allow billions of MCU-powered devices, from household appliances and health monitors to children’s toys and industrial equipment to become IoT devices.

Yet each connection is vulnerable to attacks. IoT won’t become a mass market until devices, data and cloud are secure. That’s the fundamental problem the two companies aim to solve with their latest project. 

With more than 9 billion microcontroller-powered devices entering the market annually, Microsoft and MediaTek see as critical the need to ensure every connected device, regardless of price point, has the highest level of security embedded.

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