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NXP and Alibaba partner on IoT security

Steve Rogerson
December 14, 2017



Dutch electronics giant NXP Semiconductors is partnering Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing and business unit of China’s Alibaba Group, to develop secure smart devices for edge computing applications and the IoT.
 
As part of the partnership, Alios Things, the Alibaba IoT operating system, has been integrated onto NXP applications processors, microcontrollers and Layerscape multicore processors. Both NXP’s i.MX and Layerscape processors are the only embedded systems on the market using the Alibaba Cloud Tee OS platform.
 
This can benefit various markets including automotive, smart retail and smart home. And it is being applied in applications such as automotive entertainment and infotainment systems, QR code payment scanning applications, and smart home speakers.
 
“As the leader of IoT innovation in China, Alibaba Cloud has launched a range of IoT basic and content services to support the demands of cloud computing, big data, AI, cloud integration and security,” said Li Zheng, NXP global senior vice president in Greater China. “Alibaba Cloud IoT kit has launched more than 200 categories, with a total of more than ten million sets of sales. Our partnership with Alibaba Cloud will promote the continuous and steady expansion of NXP's technological advantages for edge computing and IoT security, and will support the long-term and secure development of China’s IoT ecosystem.”
 
With the partnership between NXP and Alibaba Cloud Link in the field of IoT security, NXP has become a council member of the ICA IoT Connectivity Alliance. In the future, the two companies plan to develop ways to support application development in different fields including smart manufacturing and smart city.
 
“We share the same vision as NXP on providing advanced and secure IoT for an everything connected world,” said Ku Wei, general manager of IoT for Alibaba Cloud. “Based on the integration of Alios Things with NXP’s applications processors and microcontroller chips, our comprehensive solution will better serve the development of China’s local commercial and manufacturing industries.”
 
The Annual Report of China IoT Development 2015-2016 predicts that the amount of equipment connected to the IoT globally will reach 20 to 50 billion by 2020, with 80 per cent of that equipment in China. NXP's product portfolio covers offerings from the edge node to gateway and cloud IoT services. NXP's products are widely used in smart homes, smart cities, smart transportation and secure connectivity.