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New Azure RTOS Collaborations with Semiconductor Industry Leaders

Published date: April 02, 2020

Embedded developers can now access reliable, real-time performance for resource-constrained devices, as well as seamless integration to the power of Azure IoT. STMicroelectronics, Renesas, Qualcomm, NXP and Microchip – industry leaders that represent the vast majority of the market for 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) – will offer embedded development kits featuring Azure RTOS ThreadX, a small, fast, reliable real-time operating system that is already powering more than 6.2 billion devices worldwide. ThreadX is one of the components of the Azure RTOS, an embedded IoT application development suite that enables faster time to market.

We will also be releasing the full source code for all Azure RTOS components on GitHub, allowing developers to freely explore, develop, test, and adapt Azure RTOS to suit their needs. When developers are ready to take their code into production, the production license will be included automatically if they deploy to any of the supported MCU devices. If they prefer to use a different device in production, they may contact Microsoft for direct licensing details. 

Azure RTOS will also include easy-to-use reference projects and templates for connectivity to Azure IoT Hub, Azure IoT Central, Azure IoT Edge Gateways as well as first-class integration with Azure Security Center. Azure RTOS will soon ship with an Azure Security Center module for monitoring threats and vulnerabilities on IoT devices. For partners wishing to deliver reliable, real-time performance on highly-secured connected devices that stay secured against evolving cybersecurity threats over time, we recommend Azure RTOS and Azure Sphere together for the most demanding environments.  

For more information:

  • Azure Sphere
  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud
  • Operating System
  • SDK and Tools