Qualcomm To Develop IoT Chipset For Microsoft’s Azure Sphere Operating System

  • The chipset will help Microsoft create secure solutions for necessary device updates.
  • This adds up to Qualcomm Technologies’ well established hardware-based security solutions.

At the ongoing 5G summit in Barcelona, Spain, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has announced that it is developing a cellular chip especially optimised for Microsoft’s Azure Sphere Internet of Things (IoT) operating system that will enable secure connection to the Azure Sphere security cloud services.

Azure Sphere is Microsoft’s end-to-end IoT solution that includes an Azure Sphere chip, the Azure Sphere Operating System and the Azure Sphere Security Service. It is expexted that Qualcomm Technologies’ expertise in strong hardware-based security will help in securing Microsoft’s solutions to make necessary device updates.

Exciting business transformations for innovative IoT solutions

Jeffery Torrance, vice president, business development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., said, “We are pleased to expand our broad portfolio of solutions for the Internet of Things and to add the powerful capabilities of Microsoft Azure Sphere to our upcoming chipset. We hope to enable exciting new business transformations for customers in a variety of verticals, where powerful edge computing, low latency connectivity, and end-to-end security can make an important difference.”

Galen Hunt, distinguished engineer and managing director, Microsoft Azure Sphere, says, “For IoT innovations to be reliable, they must be built on a foundation of security. Qualcomm Technologies will allow partners to innovate with the assurance that their products, customers, and brands are secured.”

He further adds, “The new IoT chipset will light up a broad set of new scenarios at the outer edge—even the most resource-constrained ones. Together with the silicon innovation and cellular and embedded security expertise Qualcomm Technologies brings, our partners will have the freedom to securely connect devices anytime, anywhere.”

Previous collaboration

Previously, both Qualcomm Technologies and Microsoft had worked upon introducing the Vision AI Developer Kit for Azure IoT solutions that featured the Qualcomm® Vision Intelligence 300 Platform. It offered powerful edge computing for AI and machine learning across a wide range of IoT applications.