NXP Unveils EdgeScale: Device-Management Suite for Edge Computing

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Mar 5, 2018
by Josh Anderson

NUREMBERG, GERMANY — NXP Semiconductors, a worldwide leader in advanced secure connectivity solutions, has released EdgeScale, a management suite for secure edge computing. The suite provides a set of cloud-based tools and services for secure manufacturing and enrollment of IoT and edge-computing devices. It also provides a secure mechanism for developers to leverage popular cloud-computing frameworks for their applications, as well as remotely deploy and manage an unlimited number of edge devices.

“Device security and management are key requirements for IoT Edge success,” said Sam George, Director of Microsoft Azure IoT at Microsoft Corporation in an official Press Release released by NXP Semiconductors. “Integrating EdgeScale and Layerscape with Azure IoT Edge provides customers the tools to develop and deploy secure and scalable IoT systems and solutions.”

EdgeScale is a Layerscape-based platforms that integrates NXP’s Trust Architecture to bridge cloud frameworks to edge nodes, sensors and devices. It will automate the process of provisioning software and software updates to remote embedded equipment. The Trust Architecture relies on a Hardware Root of Trust that includes essential features like secure boot, secure key storage, manufacturing protection, hardware resource isolation, and runtime tamper detection.

Layerscape devices are suitable for a wide range of edge-computing systems, ranging from economical and power-efficient single-core 64-bit Arm-based devices to high-performance sixteen-core platforms for networking, data analytics and compute-intensive machine learning applications.

“Given recent concerns around IoT security, it’s paramount for customers to verify that all the devices in the field are running the latest, authenticated firmware and apps,” added Tareq Bustami, Senior Vice-Presiden for NXP Digital Networking in the same press release. “Using EdgeScale on the Layerscape SoC platforms affords our customers a convenient mechanism for achieving secure device management for edge computing.”

The EdgeScale suite, which will be deployed as part of Layerscape’s software development kit this month, provides developers with three management mechanisms: a point-and-click dashboard for quick development and customization; a command-Line-Interface for greater control to manage large-scale deployments; and RESTful API enabling integration with any cloud computing framework; also offers OEMs the ability to provide their own unique end-user experience.

About NXP Semiconductors: NXP enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has over 30,000 employees in more than 30 countries and posted revenue of $9.26 billion in 2017.

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