Companies making IoT devices have demanding expectations of their hardware and software. Microsoft is dedicated to delivering high quality, reliable IoT solutions for the devices which operate in harsh environments and are expected to last for many years. For decades, Microsoft has been serving customers in the embedded and IoT markets and we continue to increase our investment and commitment to this market.
At the Embedded World Conference today, we announced an expansion of our supported silicon offering for Windows 10 IoT Core and committed that the next releases of Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise will offer 10 years of support.
Windows 10 IoT Core Supporting NXP i.MX SoCs
Windows 10 IoT Core is an edition of Windows 10 designed for building smart things and optimized to power intelligent edge devices. First released in 2015, it has been adopted by industry leaders like Johnson Controls, Askey, and Misty Robotics.
To support growing customer and partner demand, Microsoft, in close collaboration with NXP, has initiated a private preview of Windows 10 IoT Core on NXP i.MX 6 and i.MX 7 processors. The i.MX product portfolio is one of the most popular IoT processor families in the industry and this enables Windows IoT developers to create a broader variety of high performance, power-optimized, and industrial grade devices.
Windows 10 IoT Core uses a unique capability of the NXP i.MX 6 and i.MX 7 to enable trusted I/O which can ensure that malicious applications or rogue actors are unable to tamper with the physical control of a device even if they infiltrate the operating system software.
Several leading hardware vendors are demonstrating Azure Certified for IoT devices based on i.MX 6 with Windows 10 IoT Core at Embedded World. These include both system on module and single-board computer options giving flexibility to manufacturers interested to build products using NXP, Windows 10 IoT Core, and Azure.
- Aaeon PIXO-IMX6
- Advantech RSB-4411
- Keith & Koep pConXS with TrizepsVII
- SolidRun HummingBoard
- Kontron SMARC-sAMX6i (Azure certification in progress)
Microsoft and NXP continue to invest and improve the i.MX 6 and i.MX 7 solutions and are planning additional processor enablement in the future. A final launch timeline for commercial availability is expected later this year. Customers interested in participating in the private preview of Windows 10 IoT Core on NXP silicon can sign up online.
Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise offer 10 years of support
With the Fall 2018 release of Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, Microsoft will provide 10 years of support via the Windows Long-Term Servicing Channel. These releases, like all Windows releases, are built with robust security with a world-class team of security and privacy experts that are focused on maintaining security throughout the life of the device.
Windows 10 IoT continues to expand its ecosystem, delivering on the promise to create an operating system for all connected devices. Through a broader hardware portfolio and, customers have greater ability to quickly and securely develop devices to power our lives and our world. We are excited to see what you will make.
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