Foundries.io joins with Arduino to deliver IoT edge-ready Portenta X8 for industrial applications

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Foundries.io joins with Arduino to deliver IoT edge-ready Portenta X8 for industrial applications

Foundries.io, a provider of a Linux-based software platform for IoT applications, and Arduino, an open-source electronic prototyping platform, released a high-performance system-on-module (SoM) during the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Arduino.

The new Portenta X8 SoM is being shipped with a powerful quad-core chip and pre-loaded Linux-based embedded operating system. Adding to the existing Arduino Pro lineup, the industrial-grade SoM is capable of running device-independent software leveraging its modular container architecture.

Arduino utilizes the cloud-based DevOps platform from Foundries.io to ease the process of building, testing, deploying and maintaining embedded Linux applications. The Portenta X8 benefits from Foundries.io’s continuous update service for cybersecurity by guaranteeing an update’s image contains all vulnerability patches to keep the edge network secure.

“Foundries.io is in a unique position to advance Arduino’s vision for enabling enterprises to more easily deploy and maintain Linux-based products for IoT and Edge applications,” said George Grey, CEO at Foundries.io. “The combination of the Portenta X8 and the FoundriesFactory cloud solution will accelerate customer time to market, increase product security and enable rapid deployment and lifetime OTA management of customer devices and fleets,” he said.

The collaboration of Arduino with Foundries.io to use the FoundriesFactory in Portenta X8 provides a robust hardware ecosystem for an IoT edge device with infrastructure to maintain and secure the underlying Linux OS. The executives said the pairing helps developers build edge computing sensors to accelerate and secure Industry 4.0 projects while leveraging the power of no less than 9 processor cores.

The new multicore Portenta X8 module is equipped with NXP i.MX 8M Mini quad-core Cortex-A53 clocked up to 1.8GHz clock frequency, Cortex-M4 up to 400MHz, and STM32H747XI with dual-core Cortex-M7 up to 480MHz and 32-bit Cortex-M4 up to 240MHz. In terms of wireless connectivity, the hardware supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity to securely perform OS and application updates over-the-air.

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