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A solution for creating highly secured, connected MCU-powered devices to help you reimagine your business, drive innovation and delight customers.
Get ready for the MCU IoT revolution
Azure Sphere is a solution for creating highly-secured, connected Microcontroller (MCU) devices, providing you with the confidence and the power to reimagine your business and create the future.
Find peace of mind
Security is foundational to connected IoT experiences. Do not trust your brand to single line-of-defense and second-best solutions. The Azure Sphere approach to security is based on years of Microsoft experience and research. Together, Azure Sphere promotes security with crossover MCUs, our secured OS and turnkey cloud security service, guarding every Azure Sphere device and delivering end-to-end IoT security that responds to emerging threats—so you do not have to.
Get to market faster
Streamline the development and maintenance of your products. Azure Sphere is designed for efficiency and comes with a set of Visual Studio tools that will completely change how you create and manage MCU powered experiences. Azure Sphere is designed to connect quickly and easily to Azure, but our open approach means that you are able to use Azure Sphere alongside the public or private cloud of your choice.
Create the future
IoT is no longer science fiction. Azure Sphere brings the promise of a secured connected future to MCU devices everywhere. Azure Sphere MCUs deliver unmatched computing power and built-in connectivity that pave the way for next generation experiences. Azure Sphere enables you to reimagine everything from business models to product experiences. Delight customers with intelligent products that predict and respond to their needs.
"Azure Sphere is the most significant push by a large technology vendor to holistically improve IoT security…"
Meet the newest class of microcontrollers, plus the OS and cloud technologies that secure them
Azure Sphere brings together the best of Microsoft’s expertise in cloud, software and device technology to provide a unique approach to security that starts in the silicon and extends to the cloud. Together, Azure Sphere MCUs, the Azure Sphere OS and the Azure Sphere Security Service provide you with the confidence to reimagine your business and the tools to create the future.
Secured from the silicon up. Our new crossover class of MCUs now combines both real-time and application processors with built-in Microsoft security technology and connectivity.
An OS purpose built for security and agility to create a trustworthy platform for new IoT experiences. Our secured OS builds security innovations pioneered in Windows into an HLOS small enough for MCUs.
Protect devices with a cloud built for IoT security. The Azure Sphere Security Service renews device security, identifies emerging threats and brokers trust among device, cloud and other endpoints.
Read more about the secure platform:
Azure Sphere MCUs: A new crossover class of MCU with built-in Microsoft security technology, connectivity and the headroom to support dynamic new experiences.
The Pluton security subsystem creates a hardware root of trust, stores private keys and executes complex cryptographic operations.
A new crossover MCU combines the versatility and power of a Cortex-A class processor with the low overhead and real-time guarantees of a Cortex-M class processor.
Built-in network connectivity provides secured, reliable, online experiences and ensures devices are up to date.
The Azure Sphere OS: A highly-secured OS from Microsoft that creates a trustworthy defense-in-depth platform for new IoT experiences.
Secured application containers compartmentalise code for agility, robustness and security.
On-chip connectivity services secure your connection to the cloud and provide access to the Azure Sphere Security Service.
A custom Linux kernel enables silicon diversity and innovation.
A security monitor guards integrity and access to critical resources.
The Azure Sphere Security Service: A turnkey security service that guards every Azure Sphere device by renewing security, identifying emerging threats and brokering trust among device, cloud and other endpoints.
Protects your devices and customers with certificate-based authentication of all communication.
Guarantees a device’s authenticity and ensures it runs only your genuine software.
Provides insight into device and application failures and visibility into emerging security threats.
Responds to threats with automated updates of the Azure Sphere OS.
Allows for easy deployment of your software updates to your Azure Sphere powered devices.
Modernise your MCU development experience with Visual Studio
Install the Visual Studio Tools for Azure Sphere to get started writing applications. These tools include application templates, development tools and the Azure Sphere software development kit (SDK).
- Simplify and accelerate development
- Streamline debugging
- Modernise your development experience
Connect your Azure Sphere devices quickly and easily to Azure IoT
A simple Visual Studio wizard guides you through the process of connecting your device to Azure IoT Hub and adds the code you need directly into your application.
- Easily connect your devices to Azure
- Send telemetry from your device to the cloud
- Enable device-to-cloud and cloud-to-device messaging
Your cloud, your choice
Here is what Azure Sphere customers and partners are saying
"Sub-Zero and Wolf have had a legacy of innovation in food preservation and preparation for over 70 years and we see significant opportunity in the connected devices market to create new and unique customer experiences. As our homes become more connected, we place significant value on the security of connected devices, so we can focus on continuing to deliver an exceptional customer experience. Microsoft's approach with Azure Sphere is unique in that it addresses security holistically at every layer."
"Glen Dimplex is a leader in development of intelligent heating, renewable energy solutions and domestic appliances. We recognize that addressing security at every layer of connected devices is critical to shipping connected devices with confidence. The work Microsoft is doing with Azure Sphere uniquely addresses the security challenges of the connected microcontrollers shipping in billions of devices every year. We look forward to integrating Azure Sphere into our product lines later this year."
"Kongsberg is a technology group building high end mission critical systems with extreme performance for extreme conditions, both for defence and civilian applications. The group has long traditions within the field of autonomy providing complete autonomous systems such as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and recently the world's first autonomous, fully electric container ship. Security and safety is crucial for KONGSBERG when designing autonomous systems, and with increasing cyber threats this topic has become ever more important. Microsoft's Azure Sphere technology is in line with our philosophy, as it builds security at the core of the design. KONGSBERG is excited to see how the Azure Sphere solution can potentially play an important role in future products."
"Thanks to an unique architectural performance using Microsoft's secure Azure Sphere microchip LEONI and Microsoft together can also provide essential elements to the continuous improvement of digital functional models of cable systems as well as the active control of interfaces, making data end energy transfer of today's applications intelligent and secure."
Our silicon ecosystem
The first Azure Sphere chip will be the MediaTek MT3620, which represents years of close collaboration and testing between MediaTek and Microsoft. Other early partners include Arm, who worked closely with us to incorporate their Cortex-A application processors into Azure Sphere MCUs.
We are also working closely with leading silicon manufacturers to create a broad ecosystem of vendors who can use their expertise to design specialised chips for various markets. Here are some of the partners who are actively engaged with us to deliver Azure Sphere MCUs along with other partners in the Azure Sphere ecosystem.
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A key part of the Azure IoT portfolio
The Azure Sphere solution plays a key role in the Azure IoT portfolio to ensure end-to-end device security for MCU powered devices. Enabling secure connectivity for these devices also opens you to the broader benefits of Azure IoT solutions, platform services and industry-leading edge technologies that allow you to easily create, customise and control all aspects of an IoT solution. Seamlessly deploy and run serverless computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning directly on cross-platform IoT devices. See how Azure IoT can help you learn more, and do more, with smarter and secured devices at the edge.