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Friday, October 19, 2018

Infineon backs FreeRTOS for IoT edge computing

By Nick Flaherty

We've highlighted the importance of FreeRTOS (now Amazon FreeRTOS) for real time processing and connecting devices in the Internet of Things to the cloud.

Infineon Technologies has combined its microcontroller and security tech for easy and secure use of new generation sensors featuring new AI functionalities running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
“Infineon supports the development of secured cloud connection-enabled applications,” said Sandro Cerato, Chief Technology Officer of the Power Management & Multimarket Division at Infineon. “These can range from mere motion detection up to situational awareness, by leveraging AI and machine learning algorithms. We are combining leading-edge sensors, hardware-based security and Infineon microcontrollers, with the technology and services provided by AWS to support customers with the next level of smartness.”

To do this, Infineon’s XMC4000 family of 32-bit-microcontrollers now supports Amazon FreeRTOS, a microcontroller operating system that makes small, low-power edge devices easy to program, deploy, secure, connect, and manage. This will create multiple new options of edge-computing based applications for consumer and industrial markets are enabled.

Securely connecting manufacturers’ devices both locally and to the cloud is paramount for customers to take up the connected service offering. People living in smart homes and working in smart buildings can benefit from the seamless interaction of the new generation XENSIV sensors. Radar, pressure sensors and MEMS microphones are accompanied by OPTIGA hardware security solutions, allowing energy, light management, health care and building operation running on AWS to improve the quality of life and deliver substantial cost savings.

For example, Infineon’s XMC4800 family Connectivity kit WiFi runs on AWS. This development platform brings edge-computing services to the next level of interaction in customers’ applications, including WiFi connectivity and ETHERCAT. “Using the XMC4800 series, Infineon has the opportunity to be one of the first movers in the market offering AWS FreeRTOS combined with ETHERCAT functionality,” said Ralf Koedel, Director Product Marketing for Automotive & Industrial Microcontroller at Infineon.

XMC4800 devices are powered by Cortex ARM M4F microcontrollers. They also offer up to six standard CAN and ETHERCAT connectivity, for IoT gateway applications, plus many other peripherals with the benefit of the Arduino and Click Board compatible form factor. The combination with AWS Greengrass software allows developers to easily develop and take advantage of the cloud capability provided by AWS.

The Evaluation Board XMC4800 IoT Amazon FreeRTOS Connectivity kit WiFi is available.

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