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Microsoft acquires Express Logic

Microsoft has acquired Express Logic, a specialist in real time operating systems (RTOS) for IoT and edge devices powered by microcontroller units (MCUs).

The company’s ThreadX RTOS has over 6.2billion deployments, making it one of the most deployed RTOS in the world, according to research from VDC Research. Its widespread popularity is driven by demand for technology to support resource constrained environments, especially those that require safety and security.

Manufacturers building products across a range of categories – from low capacity sensors like lightbulbs and temperature gauges to air conditioners, medical devices, and network appliances – are using Express Logic solutions to achieve faster time to market. Even highly constrained devices (battery powered and having less than 64KB of flash memory) can use Express Logic solutions. Over 9 billion of these MCU-powered devices are built and deployed globally every year, many of which can benefit from Express Logic solutions.

Last year Microsoft announced that it was investing $5 billion in IoT and the intelligent edge over the next four years and has made a number of investments from product innovation – including Azure Sphere, Azure Digital Twins, Azure IoT Edge, Azure Maps and Azure IoT Central – new partnerships with DJI, SAP, PTC, Qualcomm and Carnegie Mellon University for IoT and edge app development, and programs to help drive the next wave of innovation for our customers.

According to Microsoft the acquisition of Express Logic will provide it with access to billions of new connected endpoints, grow the number of devices that can seamlessly connect to Azure and enable new intelligent capabilities.

Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS joins Microsoft’s growing support for IoT devices and is complementary with Azure Sphere, its security offering in the microcontroller space.

According to Microsoft, its goal is to make Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS available as an option for real time processing requirements on an Azure Sphere device and also enable ThreadX-powered devices to connect to Azure IoT Edge devices when the IoT solution calls for edge computing capabilities.

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Neil Tyler

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