MediaTek today announced it has joined Microsoft Azure Certified for Internet of Things (IoT), ensuring customers get IoT solutions up and running quickly with hardware and software that has been pre-tested and verified to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services. Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT allows businesses to reach customers where they are, working with an ecosystem of devices and platforms, allowing for faster time to production.
Under MediaTek’s AIoT program, the i300A (M8362A) and i500 (MT8385) have recently achieved Microsoft Azure Certification for IoT. The i500 is designed for home and commercial IoT applications that require high performance edge processing, advanced multimedia capabilities, multiple high-resolution cameras, connected touchscreen displays and multitasking OS. The i300A is designed for display oriented, touchscreen enabled smart hub devices that require voice assistants. The evaluation kit for the i300A, Pumpkin Smart Hub EVK, is currently on Seeed Studio and the evaluation kit for i500, Pumpkin Smart Vision EVK, is planned for Q4 of 2020. Both of these platforms support Android 10 and Yocto Linux OS solutions based on Kernel version 5.4. The drivers are pushed upstream to the mainline Kernel project for long term support which is critical for the IoT market.
MediaTek and Microsoft have collaborated to create a comprehensive end-to-end IoT solution. Now customers can easily build smart display hubs and AI Vision enabled edge devices relying on MediaTek’s AIoT platforms, and connect these edge devices to cloud services with Azure Certified for IoT.
“Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT validates our ability to stimulate customers’ IoT projects with pre-tested device and operating system combinations,” said Stéphane Le Provost, Sr. Director, Technology, at MediaTek. “Reducing the typical customization and effort required for compatibility enables MediaTek customers to quickly ramp-up their IoT solutions.”
“Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT extends our promise to bring IoT to business scale, starting with interoperable solutions from leading technology companies around the world,” said Jerry Lee, Director of Marketing for Azure Internet of Things, Microsoft Corp. “With trusted offerings and verified partners, Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT accelerates the deployment of IoT even further.”
IoT projects are complex and take a long time to implement. Customers find that choosing and connecting the right set of devices, assets or sensors to the cloud can be time-consuming. To jumpstart their IoT projects with confidence, customers are looking for certified devices and platforms that are tested for readiness, compatibility and usability with the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. By choosing a partner from the Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT program, customers can save time and effort on project specs and RFP processes by knowing in advance what devices and offerings will work with the Azure IoT Suite.