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NXP framework eases IoT development

Steve Rogerson
March 21, 2017
NXP Semiconductors announced at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg the Modular IoT Framework that is said to provide professional development teams a head start in building secure IoT applications.
Using the framework as a starting point, versus building a platform from individual components, can save time and expense by reducing the scope and complexity involved with the integration of security and connectivity.
The framework offers flexibility to mix and match the Dutch company’s embedded hardware and software technologies spanning the array of capabilities required to develop and deploy interoperable IoT systems with edge devices, gateways, connectivity, security and commissioning.  Framework components are tested and verified for Zigbee and Thread connectivity, as well as cloud communications through wifi, Ethernet, cellular and LoRa, enabling access to Amazon Web Services and other cloud platform services.
“The NXP Modular IoT Framework gives Rigado the ability to quickly define, integrate and iterate the IoT system features required by our customers via a production ready IoT platform with documented interfaces and pre-integrated connectivity and security,” said Ben Corrado, CEO of US wireless company Rigado. “With many of our IoT customers focused on reducing risk and time to market, the NXP framework enables us to quickly iterate and get the right mix of industry leading hardware, software and connectivity capabilities to commercial production before our competitors.”
Today, developers can access the initial implementation of the framework as an integrated development environment defined by targeted IoT use cases which includes a commercial-ready wireless connected platform, plus all the necessary components, documentation and support required to be up and running with a base level securely connected production platform in minutes. By pre-integrating these capabilities into comprehensive, compatible, developer-ready integrated development experiences, NXP says it is equipped to drive rapid time to market for IoT installations in smart cities, smart industries, agriculture and oil and gas markets.
“With global agriculture struggling to continue feeding the world’s population and smart agriculture presenting a unique set of environmentally sustainable solutions, we knew we wanted to act quickly and decisively,” said Jay Carlson, CTO at Solvz, a US manufacturer of internet-connected precision agriculture products. “The NXP IoT framework and advanced edge devices bring a welcomed advantage when developing internet-connected products; by having a vast majority of the middleware and even application software in place, we can bring products to market much faster than using traditional development patterns. This is vital as the 2017 growing seasons rapidly approach.”
The framework is shipping today targeting commercial lighting and building automation use cases which include:

  • Modular edge node platform with Thread and Zigbee support;
  • Modular IoT gateway with support for Thread, Zigbee, wifi and Ethernet, and a secure element;
  • NFC based device commissioning;
  • Smart phone app reference design for device control via cloud; and
  • Cloud service reference design on Amazon Web Services, and cloud connectivity reference design using MQTT and CoAP.
“There has been a heavy emphasis in the market on bringing up extended cloud capabilities to support the growth of the IoT, but there is still a significant void when it comes to expertise required for developing the security, wireless connectivity and commissioning infrastructure required to get the plethora of IoT edge devices connected to the cloud,” said Denis Cabrol, senior director at NXP. “Acquiring proficiency in these areas can take years and integrating appropriate security and connectivity can add years of development time. NXP’s proven Modular IoT Framework drastically accelerates time to market by reducing the effort, time and expertise required to develop and connect the embedded side of fully functional and secure IoT systems.”
The integrated development environment is designed for ease of use and supported with documentation and a dedicated community. NXP professional support and services are also available under contract for deeper design support.