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Alibaba teams with Infineon for AliOS IoT operating system

By Nick Flaherty

Highlighting the growing influence of the cloud service of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, Infineon Technologies is using the service for the Internt of Things (IoT) and industrial automation in smart citites.

The Memorandum of Understanding with the Alibaba Cloud Computing Company (Alibaba Cloud) covers the joint promotion of IoT applications in smart life and smart industry for the digital upgrade of Chinese enterprises and cities using the AliOS Things IoT operating system.

This acts as a direct challenge to Amazon, which is using FreeRTOS for its cloud-to-node IoT implementations. Smart equipment supplier Tuya also uses Alibaba Cloud.
Infineon will rely on its own core technology and service advantages in the field of IoT to collaborate with Alibaba Cloud on AliOS Things and provide technical services. 

As security is also a key requirement, the two look at the planning, implementation and security standards of the IoT, enabling SMEs and individuals to deploy and access Alibaba Cloud in a low-cost, highly reliable manner. 

An interesting element, and new for Infineon, is that the two companies also plan to collaborate on e-commerce channels.

Based on this, both parties will use Alibaba Cloud's integration capabilities and successful experiences in IoT and work together to create advanced and secure IoT solutions. This will help upgrade and transform the smart digitalization of SMEs, allowing them to manage the entire production process through digital means.

“The construction and improvement of the IoT ecosystem requires gathering the advantageous resources and power of all parties,” said Wei Ku, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud IoT. “This partnership combines Alibaba Cloud's capabilities in operating systems with Infineon's semiconductor technology solutions. We believe that this will effectively promote the deployment of IoT in smart industries.”

“As the world's leading semiconductor manufacturer, Infineon is committed to combining our advanced IoT semiconductor solutions with local experience,” said Andreas Urschitz, President of the Power Management & Multimarket Division at Infineon, “This partnership with Alibaba marks our efforts in this field.”

“Sustainable growth in mainland China is one of Infineon's most important development strategies, and is also our long-term goal in the Chinese market,” said David Poon, Vice President of Power Management & Multimarket, Infineon Greater China. “We are very pleased to work with leading companies like Alibaba Cloud, and to join in creating an IoT service platform that meets the needs of the local market, helps companies achieve digitalization, and provides a driving engine for innovation and the development of smart cities in China.”

Alibaba Cloud Computing Ltd. ( was founded in 2009 and operates in over 200 countries and regions. In January 2017, Alibaba Cloud became the designated global cloud service provider of the Olympic Games. As of August 2017, Alibaba earnings data showed that users who use the Alibaba Cloud payment service reached 1.011bn.

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