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Another reason for a smart cloud computing strategy: Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip.


Microsoft has designed a family of Arm-based systems-on-a-chip (SOC) for IoT devices that runs the company’s own Linux iteration – and securely connects to an Azure-hosted backend. Called Azure Sphere, the platform is Microsoft's entry into the next gen-computing space (one could look at this as a rip-off of Arm's Mbed Cloud).

According to the UK Register, this is how it works: Microsoft makes its SoC blueprints available to chip designers, who fabricate the chipset and hand it off to IoT device makers. The device makers add the silicon in their products, and run Microsoft's Linux-based Sphere OS along with their own SOC, which connects to Microsoft's Azure Sphere running on Redmond's cloud.

Azure Sphere does things like make sure devices only run official firmware, automatically pushes out and installs bug fixes on remote devices, etc. In the process, the chipmaker moves more silicon, the device vendor gets a turnkey security service to show to customers, and Microsoft gets a cloud customer for the lifespan of the device. Microsoft calls its chip an MCU – a micro-controller unit – even though pretty much everyone else would call it an SOC. Read the full UK Register article and see what’s in the chip


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