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Two team for secure embedded IoT on NXP’s i.MX modules

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By Nick Flaherty


Foundries.io and Variscite have teamed up on a secure embedded platform for the Internet of Things.

Variscite, based in Israel, is the world’s leader in ARM-based Systems on Modules, shipping over a million a year and supporting more than 5,000 customers worldwide over 18 years. It is using embedded Linux software from UK software startup Foundries.io on boards using the NXP i.MX ARM-based processors. This aims to simplify development of secure IoT and edge applications for industrial designs such as agriculture control systems, medical devices and automotive systems 

“With this one partnership, our customers instantly gain access to the FoundriesFactory platform and all the ease that comes with it,” said Ohad Yaniv, CEO of Variscite. “With Foundries.io, our customers are able to get started on their Linux application development much more quickly and reduce resource inefficiencies associated with building yet another custom, fragmented Linux distribution. This will significantly accelerate the development of IoT and Edge devices and applications in the industrial space.”

FoundriesFactory is a cloud platform designed to both simplify and reduce the cost of developing, deploying and maintaining secure IoT and Edge Linux-based devices. It accelerates product firmware, operating system and applications development, shortens time to market and provides the ability to monitor and update devices and fleets, keeping them secure over their product lifetime.

“It’s a natural move to extend our cloud-based DevOps platform for embedded IoT and Edge to Variscite’s customers,” said George Grey, CEO of Foundries.io. “The nature of embedded development is changing, and FoundriesFactory delivers a common, easy way for developers to move quickly and to easily maintain devices for their entire lifetime from the cloud. We’re excited to make this available to millions of developers around the world.”

Foundries.io worked with ARM and NXP on a Linux microPlatform distribution for use in IoT and Edge products using the i.MX 8 applications processors that is updateable over the air (OTA) and supports ARM’s SystemReady specification. The OTA secure update capabilities for boot firmware, operating system and applications ensure that IoT and Edge products shipping today are future-proofed as the SystemReady standards evolve.

“With our ability to perform secure OTA updates of the entire product stack, from boot firmware to applications, our customers can deliver products that are updatable for lifetimes that can exceed 20 years, ensuring compatibility with tomorrow’s software today” said Grey.

“As the nature of compute at the edge changes, to truly scale we need to deliver the simplicity of a cloud‐native software experience across the entire edge ecosystem,” said Andrew Rose, chief system architect and fellow at ARM. “ARM SystemReady enables generic operating systems to ‘just work’ out of the box, and is a key pillar of Project Cassini, which is designed to deliver this cloud‐native platform approach.”

foundries.io/; www.variscite.com

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