MediaTek is collaborating with Microsoft to deliver the first ever Azure Sphere chip, the MT3620 that will drive IoT innovation with built-in security and connectivity. Azure Sphere is a solution for creating highly-secured, connected MCU powered devices at a price that makes enterprise-class security affordable for the multitude of cloud connected devices.
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. It also includes built-in support for Microsoft’s latest unparalleled security protocols. These chipsets will be sold as part of the Azure Sphere solution, enabling customers across a broad set of industries to easily connect their MCU powered products and devices with confidence that they are protected and secured by Microsoft.
Significant drops in the cost of connectivity mean that billions of Microcontroller Unit (MCU) powered devices, from household appliances and health monitors to children’s toys and industrial equipment, will be connected. With more points of connectivity come more points of possible vulnerability, which mean companies and individuals will only take advantage of convenient connected devices if they believe their devices, data and cloud are secure. That’s why MediaTek has worked with Microsoft to accelerate the market transition from standalone MCUs to secure, cloud-connected MCUs.
More than nine billion microcontroller-powered devices are entering the market annually, which makes it critical that, industry leaders such as Microsoft and MediaTek work together to ensure every connected device, regardless of price point, has the highest level of security embedded.
With Azure Sphere, Microsoft is building a new ecosystem, which consists of silicon vendors, original device manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers from a broad range of industries. As a group, they understand the opportunities and risks associated with the growing number of IoT devices and applications and have banded together to ensure that security standards are developed and upheld.
MediaTek is now sampling chips with lead customers and will have broad product availability by Q3 of 2018.