IoT platform offers ultra low power, secure Cloud access
The joint platform will combine Atmel’s ultra-low-power SMART SAM G ARM Cortex-M4-based MCUs and its SmartConnect WILC1000 Wi-Fi solution with MXCHIP’s MiCO IoT operating system (OS), servicing a full range of smart device developers for IoT applications.
With the rapid growth of the IoT market, smart, connected devices will require secure access to the cloud on what will likely be billions of battery-operated devices. The new platform combines Atmel’s proven ultra-low power SAM G series of MCUs, designed for wearables and sensor hub management, and its secure ultra-low-power SmartConnect WILC1000 Wi-Fi solution with MXCHIP’s leading MiCO IoT OS for next-generation IoT applications. The integrated platform gives IoT designers the confidence that their battery-operated devices will have longer battery life and their data will be securely transferred to the cloud.
Atmel’s WILC1000 is an IEEE 802.11b/g/n IoT link controller using the company’s ultra-low-power Wi-Fi transceiver with a fully integrated power amplifier. The solution claims to deliver the industry’s best communication range of up to +20.5 dBm output, ideal for connected home devices.
Integrated in packages as small as a 3.2 mm x 3.2 mm WLCSP, the Atmel WILC1000 link controller leverages in this platform Atmel’s SAM G MCU, an ideal solution for low-power IoT applications and optimized for lower power consumption, incorporating large SRAM, high performance and operating efficiency with floating-point unit in an industry-leading 2.84 mm x 2.84 mm package. When combined with secure Wi-Fi technology, the joint IoT platform connects directly to each other or to a local area network (LAN), enabling remote system monitoring or control.
For increased security, the platform comes with an optional Atmel ATECC508A – the industry’s first crypto device to integrate ECDH key agreement, making it easy to add confidentiality to digital systems including IoT nodes used in home automation, industrial networking, accessory and consumable authentication, medical, mobile and other applications.
Reza Kazerounian, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Microcontroller Business Unit, Atmel Corporation, said: "In an effort to accelerate the growth of IoT devices, such as wearables and consumer battery-operated devices worldwide, this platform enables embedded designers to focus on their differentiated smart devices without requiring expertise on lowering power consumption, security and wireless connectivity. Our joint efforts will enable more designers of all levels to bring their smart, connected designs quickly to market."
"This collaboration combines synergies from both companies to IoT designers including Atmel’s global presence with MXCHIP’s local resources enabling IoT designers to smoothly implement cloud services for their smart, connected devices in China and around the world," said Wang Yong Hong, CEO, MXCHIP. "Our platform combines both ease-of-use and simplicity allowing IoT designers from all levels to access cloud services worldwide ranging from professional designers for smart, connected IoT devices to Makers, educators and hobbyists. We will also collaborate on a number of other fronts with Atmel including IoT research, promotions, and share our IoT knowledge on smart, secure and connected devices across multiple industries."
The joint platform will be available May 2015. To accelerate the IoT design process, the platform includes the MiCOKit-G55 development kit, technical documentation, application notes and a software development kit.