LITE ­founded to enable collaborative software engineering for the IoT

LITE ­founded to enable collaborative software engineering for the IoT

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Industry interoperability of diverse, connected and secure IoT devices is a critical need to deliver on the promise of the IoT market. Today, product vendors are faced with a proliferation of choices for IoT device operating systems, security infrastructure, identification, communication, device management and cloud interfaces. Vendors in every part of the ecosystem are offering multiple choices and promoting competing standards.

Linaro and the LITE members will work to reduce fragmentation in operating systems, middleware and cloud connectivity solutions, and will deliver open source device reference platforms to enable faster time to market, improved security and lower maintenance costs for connected products.

Initial technical work will be focused on delivering an end to end, cross­vendor solution for secure IoT devices using the ARM Cortex®­M architecture. This will include a bootloader, RTOS platform, security, communications, middleware and a choice of application programming tools. LITE will also work on Cortex­A based smart device and gateway solutions for IoT using Linux.

“Linaro has been very successful in hosting collaboration within the ARM ecosystem to reduce fragmentation and deliver new open source technology into multiple markets, from mobile and digital home to networking and the enterprise data center,” said George Grey, Linaro CEO. “We see an opportunity to apply the same skills to the rapidly emerging IoT software market, and we intend to work with our members to deliver reference open source software platforms that implement non­differentiating but critical features such as end to end security from the device to the cloud, over the air software updates, emerging IoT standards and protocols, and interfaces to global cloud service providers. This will enable product vendors to focus on their differentiation and value add.”

Linaro has recently joined the Linux Foundation Zephyr Project as a Platinum member, alongside Intel, NXP® and Synopsys. LITE plans to use both Zephyr and Linux as neutral industry platforms for delivery of its collaborative engineering output. Under the direction of its Steering Committee, ​LITE will also work with ARM to extend and expand the ARM mbed​™ ​IoT Device Platform and ecosystem. In addition, LITE will evaluate integration of other open source RTOS solutions and platforms from global Cloud service and device management providers.

Founding members of LITE are ARM, Canonical, Huawei, NXP, RDA, Red Hat, Spreadtrum, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and ZTE. Additional ecosystem semiconductor vendors, software companies, service providers and product manufacturers are expected to join LITE over the coming months.

“The success of the ARM ecosystem is built on choice and the work of our many partners,” said Charlene Marini, vice president of segment marketing, ARM. “Linaro has a proven track record in fostering collaboration on developing, optimizing and maintaining software solutions across a diverse range of applications. Linaro will apply those same successful principles to LITE to help rapidly mature the IoT software ecosystem in support of the ARM architecture.”​and

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