Embedded control solutions provider Microchip Technology has rolled out its new range of small sensor node development kits, IoT tools and solutions to help reduce the development time and accelerate time-to-market of IoT applications.
Due to the fragmented nature of the IoT marketplace, increasing project complexity and costs, today's developers face more challenges in design decisions than ever before. These challenges lead to extended development times, increased security threats and failed solutions.
Microchip’s new offerings include cloud agnostic, turnkey, full-stack embedded development solutions. From the smallest PIC and AVR microcontrollers (MCUs) for sensors and actuator devices, to the most sophisticated 32-bit MCU and microprocessor (MPU) gateway solutions for edge computing, the company is now making it possible for developers to connect to any major core and any major cloud, using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or narrow band 5G technologies – all while maintaining a strong security foundation through the support of its Trust Platform for the CryptoAuthentication family.
"We are building on an already comprehensive portfolio of tools and solutions to enable quick, easy development of secure IoT applications across the full spectrum of embedded control devices and architectures," said Greg Robinson, associate vice president of marketing for Microchip's 8-bit microcontroller business unit. "Our latest partnerships with Sequans, utilising its 5G technology, and Microsoft Azure extend our dedication to developing innovative solutions."
Microchip's has added the following six solutions to its broad IoT portfolio, making their core, connectivity, security, development environment and debug capabilities easily accessible:
- PIC-IoT WA and AVR-IoT WA boards: Two new PIC and AVR MCU development boards with a companion custom built rapid prototyping tool developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), helping designers natively connect IoT sensor nodes to the AWS IoT Core service via Wi-Fi
- Gateway solutions running AWS IoT Greengrass: Based on the latest wireless System On Module (SOM), the ATSAMA5D27-WLSOM1 integrates the SAMA5D2 MPU, WILC3000 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo module fully powered by the MCP16502 high performance Power Management IC (PMIC)
- SAM-IoT WG: Connects the Google Cloud IoT Core with Microchip's popular 32-bit SAM-D21 Arm® Cortex® M0+ range of microcontrollers
- Azure IoT SAM MCU based IoT development platform: Integrates the Azure IoT device SDK and Azure IoT services with Microchip's MPLAB® X development tools ecosystem
- PIC-BLE and AVR-BLE boards: Two new PIC and AVR MCU boards for sensor node devices that connect to mobile devices for industrial, consumer and security applications and the cloud via gateways featuring Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
- LTE-M/NB-IoT development kit: Features Monarch chip-based modules by Sequans enabling coverage of IoT nodes and leveraging the latest low power, 5G cellular technology
All the above solutions are designed to lower project costs and complexity in IoT development. According to Microchip, each solution focuses on ease of use and rapid development for smart industrial, medical, consumer, agriculture and retail applications, with embedded security in mind. The vast selection of connectivity technologies, combined with the wide range of microcontroller and microprocessor performance and peripheral features, makes these solutions scalable across a wide range of markets.
Reacting to the company’s latest batch of IoT development tools, Sam George, corporate vice president of Azure IoT at Microsoft said: “"We are pleased that Microchip is adding the Azure IoT SAM MCU based IoT development platform to its IoT solutions portfolio. With Azure IoT services and Microchip's MPLAB X development tools ecosystem, customers can seamlessly connect IoT devices to the Microsoft Azure cloud."