Addition of ThreadX to Microsoft’s IOT devices
Microsoft has announced that it has acquired Express Logic, a developer of software for Internet of Things to accelerate development for IOT devices. With this deal , Microsoft with the help of Express Logic will be able to unlock to billions of new connected endpoints, grow the number of devices that can seamlessly connect to Azure Cloud and enable new intelligent capabilities. Along with that, Microsoft also adds Express Logic’s ThreadX real –time operating system,
Sam George, Director, Azure IoT at Microsoft.Azure Cloud stated , “I am incredibly excited to share we have acquired Express Logic, a leader in real time operating systems (RTOS) for IoT and edge devices powered by micro-controller units (MCUs).”
Providing solutions for a broad range of products
Microsoft has two aims. First is to make ThreadX RTOS available as an option for real-time processing requirements on an Azure Sphere device, Microsoft will gain assistance from Express Logic as Express Logic can work in various low power and low resources environment and provides solution for a broad range of products. Manufacturers developing products across many categories from low capacity sensors like light bulbs and temperature gauges to air conditioners, medical devices, and network appliances would be able to capitalize the size, safety and security benefits of Express Logic solutions to achieve a faster time to market. Besides that, highly constrained devices which are powered by batteries and contain less than 64KB of flash memory can utilize Express Logic solutions. These MCU-powered devices will benefit from Express Logic solutions.
Monitoring devices by connecting to Azure Cloud
The second goal for Microsoft is for ThreadX-powered devices to connect to Azure IoT Edge devices when the IoT solution requires edge computing capabilities. The devices can securely connect to Azure IoT Hub, Microsoft’s cloud service for monitoring and managing IoT devices. Furthermore, operators of IoT devices can securely install firmware updates, quickly detect devices that have failed in some way, or examine logs and reports. With ThreadX as part of its collection, Microsoft will support a much wider range of devices to connect to Azure IoT Hub.