Google IoT news

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We spent part of today sitting down with Google in San Francisco discussing their IoT and GCP (Google Cloud Platform). We learned some exciting news about their new platform: Google IoT Edge TPU. Edge TPU is Google’s purpose-built ASIC designed to run AI at the edge.

TPU stands for Tensor Processing Units and the Edge TPUs are Google’s custom-developed MCUs used to accelerate machine-learning workloads in edge-connected IoT devices. It uses a custom ID chip on each board which enables customers to securely access and manage their devices.

Sound familiar? It’s very similar to the Azure Sphere platform. Google is about ready to take preorders in their first Edge TPU devices in October (hopefully). The first devices will run a custom Linux kernel or Android Things. We think that sounds like an exciting new system that we just heard about today. The Google guys implied that it’s a confidential system, but we found Google’s Android Things site in their Android development site.

More information, please visit Google’s IoT Edge site. You need to request access, and I think they’ll be happy to work with you.

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Unboxing the first Azure Sphere development kit

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Last week we received our prototype of the first Azure Sphere development kit, the MediaTek MT3620. Its an exciting moment in the world of IoT! We were the first site to post an unboxing video of the kit. Please check it out on YouTube!

We’ve recorded a video showing how to register the device in Azure and creating every IoT devices favorite first program, Blinky. We have not finished editing this video, so please look for that video soon.

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Microsoft doubles down on IoT: Azure Sphere

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On April 16, 2018, Microsoft made a major announcement in the IoT space with the introduction of their Azure Sphere platform. Microsoft has been supporting IoT for a long time, including Windows 10 IoT Core, which can run on devices like the Raspberry Pi. Now, they’ve taken their interest in IoT to a whole new level, or should we say a whole new platform: Azure Sphere. Read More

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