Microsoft has teamed with NXP Semiconductors on a new Azure Sphere certified applications processor, which will function as a crossover extension for NXP’s i.MX 8 high-grade processors. In an announcement, the companies said the partnership will deliver more security and intelligence to edge nodes.

Azure Sphere was created by Microsoft to bring more security to devices in a connected environment. The new NXP Semiconductor i.MX 8 will come with Microsoft’s Pluton security system and connect to Azure Sphere Security Service. Under this service, device security will be automatically updated, while potential threats will be surfaced.

“At a time when the opportunity of innovation is limited only by imagination, security is a persistent challenge. Our collaboration with NXP enables our partners to fully realize the opportunity in front of them by delivering intelligent security that is responsive and always learning,” said Galen Hunt, Distinguished Engineer and Managing Director, Microsoft Azure Sphere.

“Together with the performance and flexibility of NXP’s i.MX application processors, we will help our partners transform their products and the way they service and interact with their customers. This collaboration allows device manufacturers across various industries to achieve more.”

Processors

Microsoft and NXP engineers will work together to create the new integration. The processors are available in single and dual core versions of Arm Cortex A35 chipsets. Other specs include independent real-time domain with Cortex-M33 core, and an independent audio/video processing domain powered by high-performance HiFi4 DSP core.

“NXP’s collaboration with Microsoft is yet another step in our ongoing commitment to bring complete security solutions to our customers,” said Joe Yu, vice president of low-power applications processors product line at NXP. “With this Azure Sphere-certified applications processor, customers can build purposeful edge products using the energy efficiency and multi-faceted capabilities of the i.MX 8 series and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their products are protected in the field by Azure Sphere security service.”

The companies said the first samples will start rolling out during the fourth quarter of 2020.