Mobile chipset manufacturer MediaTek has struck a deal with Microsoft to bring out the MT3620 chipset, the first SoC to work with the latter’s Azure Sphere solution. Scheduled to hit the market later this year, the MT3620 will boost innovations in the Internet of Things with enhanced connectivity and built-in security.
Azure Sphere is a solution to develop connected MCU-powered (microcontroller unit) devices which are highly secure. MediaTek’s MT3620 chipset will feature a processor that also equips a WiFi connected controller in order to run Microsoft’s Azure Sphere IoT operating system.
The new Azure Sphere ecosystem will include several OEMs, device manufacturers and silicon vendors spread across several industries from around the world. As part of the Azure Sphere solution, the MediaTek chipset will also be integrated with latest security features from Microsoft.
With this announcement, we can expect significant cuts in connectivity costs with several devices from household appliances to industrial machines benefitting from the announcement. MediaTek has revealed that the company will start selling these chips on a global basis by the third quarter of 2018 having currently sampling these chips.
Talking about the partnership, MediaTek’s VP, Jerry Yu said “MediaTek has a long history of working with Microsoft on specific SoC designs that meet demanding connectivity needs. On top of our close ties with Microsoft and design expertise, Microsoft had a vision we also believed in. Bringing trust and security into IoT solutions from chip to cloud, to make connected devices practical to sell and manage for businesses and consumers.”