At the Embedded World Conference this week, Microsoft debuted expanded supported for Windows 10 IoT Core. Specifically, it is now compatible with NXP's i.MX processor series, among the most diverse IoT processor families available. With the integration, Windows IoT OEMs can simply create Windows solutions on IoT hardware.
“Windows 10 IoT Core uses a unique capability of the NXP i.MX 6 and i.MX 7 to enable trusted I/O which can ensure that malicious applications or rogue actors are unable to tamper with the physical control of a device even if they infiltrate the operating system software.”
Microsoft has debuted a private preview on NXP i.MX 6 and i.MX 7 processors. It is available for new previewers here. The company says the final Windows 10 IoT for NXP processors will be finalized for shipping later in 2018.
Additionally, Microsoft will continue to support the Windows Long-Term Servicing Channel for 10 more years starting this fall.
“For decades, Microsoft has been serving customers in the embedded and IoT markets and we continue to increase our investment and commitment to this market,” wrote David Lemson, Director, Windows 10 IoT at Microsoft.
Windows 10 IoT Core was crafted for internet-connected devices that are exclusively used by original equipment manufacturers (OEM). The 64-bit (x64) Windows 10 IoT Core Pro allows users to easily move between IoT Core and IoT Enterprise without separate firmware images.
Microsoft IoT Central
Back in December, Microsoft furthered its connected device ambitions with IoT Central. It is the company's software-as-a-solution package aimed for businesses and enterprise. Companies building Internet of Things applications, can now do so more efficiently and easily.
The Microsoft IoT Central solution is described as “the first true highly scalable IoT software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that offers built-in support for IoT best practices and world-class security along with the reliability, regional availability, and global scale of the Microsoft Azure cloud.”