Back in 2018, at RSA conference, Microsoft announced Azure Sphere, a new security platform that enables highly secured, connected MCU devices. MCU devices are a new class of internet connected devices that relies on a small chip called a microcontroller unit (MCU). Yesterday at the IoT Solutions World Congress, Microsoft announced that Azure Sphere will be generally available in February of 2020.
Microsoft has partnered with leading silicon companies for building Azure Sphere certified chips. MediaTek’s MT3620 is the first Azure Sphere certified chip produced. In June, Microsoft announced partnership with NXP to release a new Azure Sphere certified chip. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced its partnership with Qualcomm to release the first cellular-enabled Azure Sphere chip.
Microsoft also mentioned that they will soon have an SDK for Linux and support for Visual Studio Code.