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Microsoft has announced a preview of Azure Sphere, a solution for creating secure consumer gadgets, household appliances and industrial devices which are expected to come online over the next decade.

At the heart of Azure Sphere is a customised Linux kernel.

The solution has three components:

  • Azure Sphere certified microcontrollers, which combine both real-time and application processors with built-in security technology and connectivity. Custom silicon secures the MCU and the device it powers.
  • Azure Sphere OS: Unlike the real-time operating systems used today, this offer multiple layers of security. It used security innovations developed for Windows and a custom Linux kernel.
  • Azure Sphere Security Service: This turnkey, cloud service that guards every Azure Sphere device and brokers trust for device-to-device and device-to-cloud communication through certificate-based authentication.

The company said it expected the first Azure Sphere devices to be on shelves by the end of the year. Development kits are expected to be released by mid-year.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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