Microchip is a leader in IoT system solutions and provides solutions to enable the game-changing IoT solutions of tomorrow. Microchip offers various security solutions for IoT applications including secure boot solutions, data encryption, secure authentication, and code protection to protect our client’s software IP. In this exclusive interview Mike Ballard, Global Segment Leader, Microchip Technology Inc. shares with Niloy from BIS about the company’s latest IoT product portfolio, Microchip’s enhanced focus on IoT security and Microchip’s approach to data collection in IoT systems, particularly in terms of sensors and microcontrollers. Edited Excerpts Below.
Please provide insights into Microchip’s latest product portfolios in the IoT and IIoT domains. What are the key offerings and innovations that customers can expect from Microchip?
Microchip aims to make IoT development easy by offering one of the most complete embedded ecosystems in the industry. From secure authentication solutions, vast wired and wireless offerings, to high-end edge computing solutions, Microchip is a leader in IoT system solutions and provides solutions to enable the game-changing IoT solutions of tomorrow.
Automotive: Microchip provides a vast array of automotive-grade products, including analog, connectivity, memory, microcontrollers (MCUs), security, timing and touch. These innovative products help automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) develop vehicles that are safer, cleaner, more fuel-efficient and more reliable.
Smart Metering: The smart meter architecture requires different levels of integration depending on system architecture partitioning, project timelines and the level of flexibility needed to address the requirements of different geographies and utility companies. A variety of devices can be used as building blocks for smart meter design – metrology sensing (analog-to-digital conversion); metrology digital signal processing; application, communication and security processing as well as connectivity to area networks in home neighborhoods.
Medical and Fitness Applications: Microchip has helped medical companies design and manufacture clinical, wearable, implantable and life-critical medical devices. The company’s total system solution approach will help create differentiated designs for all medical device class types, including FDA class 1, 2 and 3, while lowering the cost and risk often associated with innovation.
Home Appliances: Microchip’s products and solutions can help appliance manufacturers implement the new features and functionality required for the next appliance design. It provides solutions for user interface, motor control, sensing, connectivity etc.
Please elaborate on how Microchip’s IoT solutions support data visualization through cloud applications. What type of IoT security do you provide to customers?
By connecting various embedded control designs to cloud services, Microchip enables customers to quickly and securely send data to many different cloud service providers including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
Microchip offers various security solutions for IoT applications including secure boot solutions, data encryption, secure authentication, and code protection to protect our client’s software IP.
Can you explain Microchip’s approach to data collection in IoT systems, particularly in terms of sensors and microcontrollers? How do these components facilitate data processing and transmission?
While data collection and transmission to the cloud have been at the forefront of IoT designs for many years, the market is starting to demand faster decision-making and higher volumes of data. These needs are creating new demands for higher processing at the edge. Microchip is well aligned with these needs with our dsPIC® DSCs, PIC32 Family of 32-bit PIC® MCUs, 32-bit MPUs, and FPGAs.
What connectivity options and operating systems does Microchip provide to enable the seamless flow of data from IoT devices to the cloud? Are there any specific cloud providers that Microchip’s solutions are compatible with?
Microchip offers many wired and wireless connectivity options from Ethernet solutions to USB products and from Wi-Fi® to Bluetooth® to IEEE 802.15.4.
Microchip’s solutions are compatible with AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
How can Microchip’s design partners assist with creating IoT systems for visualizing and managing edge node data? What services and expertise do they bring to the table?
Microchip has an extensive design partner program for IoT. With their expertise in cloud data and embedded design, these partners can bring a great deal of value to our customer’s IoT developments.