Connectivity kit brings embedded devices into the cloud

December 07, 2015 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Millions of embedded control devices are still isolated from the Internet of Things. A Cloud Connectivity Kit from Chipmaker NXP promises to close the gap between these devices and the cloud-based services. No deep expertise in security, WiFi stacks and cloud service APIs is required, the chipmaker promises.

For the development of the Cloud Connectivity Kit, NXP collaborated with ecosystem partner Zentri. The Los Gatos, Calif. based software company has gained reputation for creating a single platform stack that helps companies build connected products for the IoT market, to combine the NXP LPC43S67 microcontroller, A7001CM secure element and NTAG I 2C NFC, a Murata SN8000 802.11b/g/n module, with the Zentri Secure Connected Product Platform. The kit – type number LPC43S67-A70CM- is designed to simplify the effort and reduce the time needed to create and deploy secure, connected products such as vending machines, personal health devices and interactive displays, industrial products used for factory automation, industrial gateways and diagnostic equipment, as well as consumer products used in the home, such as washing machines and thermostats.


The Cloud Connectivity Kit is said to jumpstart all three key aspects of developing an IoT product:

·       security and connectivity of the physical device, including secure cloud-based device management for provisioning and remote management

·       developing applications for end users and connected users, and

·       protocol-agnostic cloud connectivity to support the connected functionality and services.