Infineon partners with AWS to accelerate IoT product development
Support for the AWS IoT ExpressLink standards and specifications has been announced for the AIROC IFW56810 cloud connectivity manager by Infineon Technologies.
The combination enables developers to connect products such as industrial sensors, home appliances, irrigation systems and medical devices to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Developers can also use it to implement IoT applications to offload the complex work required to securely connect devices to AWS. According to Infineon, this allows developers to focus on core competencies to build products, while reducing design efforts and accelerating time to market. The cloud connectivity manager is pre-certified with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
“Traditionally, connecting devices to the cloud has been a difficult and time-consuming process that requires developers to possess a wide range of technical competencies in Wi-Fi, embedded systems, antenna design and cloud configuration along while creating complex code,” said Rob Conant, vice president of Software and Ecosystem at Infineon. “We are excited to continue our work with AWS to help engineers focus on building products that get to market faster and to create new revenue streams,” he said.
The AIROC allows developers to use simple configuration commands, such as “connect” and “send” to establish a connection and start streaming data to AWS. This can be done within hours, instead of weeks, says Infineon.
It also enables OEMs to transform products into IoT devices without merging large amounts of code, or without requiring a deep understanding of the implementation. There is also the ability to connect various devices to AWS, while preserving the original application software and avoiding costly redesign.
The system is software upgradable via over the air (OTA) upgrades and there is also support for host OTA upgrades for security and future proofing. Regardless of scale, data is securely transmitted to and from the cloud via Wi-Fi, confirms Infineon.
The system supports CIRRENT Cloud ID, which ensures that each device has a unique identity and assignment to a product company stored in a secure hardware element to ensure a fail-proof mechanism.
Infineon’s AIROC wireless products, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combinations. The family leverages a common software framework across Android, Linux, RTOS platforms and are pre-integrated with Infineon’s ModusToolbox software and tools.