Azure IoT MCU Chip

Microsoft launched a new MCU that offers device connectivity to Azure platform with builtin security to offer a secure pipe for control and data communication..


Microsoft has fully embraced Unix with a variant as Kernel and calls it Azure Sphere OS!.

Produced by MediaTek, it is a  single-core ARM-A7 running at 500MHz with Wi-Fi and other I/O connectivity options..

Amazon had a similar OS launch last year, It is OS alone with capability to run it on any chip that can be embedded into devices. Microsoft has gone one step further to test it with a particular chip also.

Who’s Next?


AI on a chip..

Seems to be getting some focus lately. Nvidia’s Volta, ARM’s Trillium, Intel with Nervana, Microsoft with Catapult and Google with TPU are the starting points for the silicon AI.

With comparisons to 80387, GPUs the AI in silicon seems to be suited for getting high speed analytics into edge devices if dedicated chips can help in reducing device footprint rather than using general purpose CPUs.


AWS Greengrass

So far it has been devices were reaching out to IoT Hub’s and Cloud and using the compute power for Edge and/or main computing apart from data handling, with AWS Greengrass it is reverse current!. You can use IoT and Lambda infrastructure that can trigger actions on devices that are connected via this framework and circuit is complete in terms of usage of the computing power in both directions apart from the existing bi-directional data transmission

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Asus Tinkerboard – Better Video ‘Pi’

Asus has released a mini PC that is better in specifications for video rendering than Raspberry PI 3, a better Video ‘Pi’ for gaming and movie buffs!.



Comparison of Raspberry PI and Asus Tinkerboard is given below:

Raspberry Pi 3 Asus Tinker board
Chip Broadcom BCM2837 64-bit system-on-chip with four ARM Cortex-A53, 1.2 GHZ quad-core, 1.8GHz Rockchip RK3288 SoC
GPU Broadcom VideoCore IV Mali-T674
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Classic, Bluetooth Low Energy Bluetooth 4.0
USB 4 USB 2.0 4 USB 2.0
HDMI 1 HDMI out 1 HDMI Out
SD microSD microSD
Ethernet 10/100 Mbps GigE
Wi-fi 2.4GHz 802.11n 802.11 b/g/n
GPIO 40 port 40 port, 28 pin GPIO
Video 1080p video/60 fps 4K video – H.265 decoding
Retail Price $35 $57