Customized Linux Kernel Made by Microsoft for its New IoT Gadget

Published By : 17 Apr 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

IoT is gradually catching up with all previously built technologies, and Microsoft’s recent launch regarding an IoT product attests to this fact. To be clearer, Microsoft has launched the Azure Sphere, a swanky new class of microcontroller units. This is certainly expected to change the entire world of connectivity existing in recent times.

The World Microcontrollers Gets a Boost with Azure Spheres

It’s true that microcontrollers find a plethora of applications in today’s world, especially newer varieties that are being produced which need less power for consumption and provide a high process-based efficiency. To ride on this wave, Microsoft decided not to stay behind in this context and has launched the Azure Spheres. The company choose to make a foray into this venture mainly as small low powered microcontrollers used for basic devices and industrial applications might present security issues as they cannot be updated.

However, the Azure Spheres are just about to change the entire scenario, as they can help users secure, update, connect, and control innumerable types of devices. Microsoft will be licensing the Azure Spheres’ chips consisting of new certified microcontroller units for no cost, so that the project can be boosted right from its inception stage. Microsoft’s President and chief legal officer, Brad Smith made the announcement today regarding this launch.

Contrary to beliefs, the Azure devices will operate on customized Linux Kernel that will power the Azure Sphere OS. This is basically an update to the real-time operating systems controlled by MCU’s in several devices used in current times. To process the devise, Media Tek will be manufacturing the first set of new microcontrollers (MCUs). These will be powered by single-core ARM-A7 systems that run on 500 MHz. The microcontrollers will comprise numerous I/O options including WI-Fi connectivity. As per Brad Smith, the Azure Spheres can also be used with other services that run on cloud connectivity.

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