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Edge to cloud IoT development solution launched

Mentor Graphics has unveiled what it believes to be the embedded industry’s first customisable edge to cloud IoT solution. Called the Mentor IoT solution, the package comprises a customisable IoT gateway system design kit (SysDK), a cloud backend and runtime solutions on which to build IoT edge devices.

According to Mentor, the offering enables demanding IoT applications to be developed, with support ranging from 8bit MCUs to 64bit MPUs and deployments of more than 100,000 gateways, each supporting dozens of edge devices.

“Mentor is excited to deliver a powerful and customisable gateway development platform,” said Glenn Perry, general manager of runtime solutions, Embedded Systems Division. “Mentor’s solution allows customers to deploy complete systems that extend from the IoT edge devices, through the gateway and into the cloud for maximum business impact.”

The Gateway SysDK reference hardware, pictured, uses the ARM Cortex-A9 based i.MX 6 series applications processor from Freescale Semiconductor. The base reference software includes a Linux BSP with full support for the reference board. To support secure convergence, the SysDK can be customised to include secure gateway partitions using ARM TrustZone.

A range of physical connections is said to be complemented by IoT and cloud protocols for wired and wireless edge device aggregation, and for secure communication between the cloud, gateways and edge devices.

According to Mentor, the Gateway SysDK can help customers to move from concept to production in as little as eight weeks.

Graham Pitcher

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