We are excited to announce a partnership between Golioth and NXP Semiconductor. The result is a leap forward in your IoT design that will save you time while preparing your fleet to scale.
NXP’s line of Ethernet-enabled parts are feature rich and well supported in the Zephyr ecosystem. When paired with the next-generation device management tools from Golioth, you get to skip the awkward growing pains in IoT. Power up your first proof of concept hardware and immediately do something meaningful with it from the Cloud side. Your i.MX RT based devices will suddenly include Over-the-Air (OTA) updates, command and control, data management, remote logging, and more.
Built on Zephyr
NXP is a founding and platinum member of the Zephyr project. The engineering team at NXP has spent years actively developing the RTOS. When you choose to build around an NXP part, you can expect excellent stability and up-to-date functionality with Zephyr. This meshes perfectly with Golioth’s embrace of the Zephyr platform (we are silver members of the project).
Mike previously wrote about how much we enjoy working with the MIMXRT1060-EVKB board. As part of this new partnership, we’re excited to add it as a Continuously Verified Board (CVB) on Golioth. This means that our engineering team thoroughly tests this hardware against every release, and we’ve even included it in our Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing that runs with every commit. You will always enjoy the latest and greatest Golioth support on this hardware.
NXP hardware is industrial at heart
The RT106x line of chips are some of the most powerful microcontrollers on the market. With a 600 MHz clock and huge range of peripherals (CAN, USB, audio, video, display), it is as large a system you might get without a jump to Linux. For the vast majority of IoT applications, operating without Linux is ideal. For instance, as a microcontroller, the RT106x delivers lower-latency response, low-power operation, and it will save on your Bill of Materials (BOM) cost.
If you’re contemplating connectivity in an industrial setting, it’s hard to beat NXP chips with their built-in Ethernet. From a development board standpoint, the EVKB is a great bet. You can use the built-in magnetics and jack for Ethernet, or pop a WiFi module into the m.2 slot. There’s a 20-pin J-Link programming header or you can flash the J-Link firmware to the on-board debugger and it’s ready to program via USB. Since this board has great Zephyr support, the
west flash command is all it takes to flash the compiled binary.
Golioth enables microcontroller platforms, large and small
Golioth has already built all of the device management features your IoT fleet needs. Not only for your test fleet in the lab, but for when you scale to millions of devices. It starts with a connection to the cloud that is secure by default. Over this connection we make it easy to perform OTA firmware updates, even on fleets made up of multiple hardware configurations. Golioth is designed for fleets of constrained devices, so efficient delivery of updates and data are top of mind for all features we provide.
What happens when a device in the field starts acting odd? Remotely adjust the logging levels so you get more information on the problem, or use a remote procedure call (RPC) to reboot.
Now you’ve discovered you need your fleet of 10,000 devices to take sensor readings twice as frequently. If you’re using the Golioth Settings Service, that’s a one-click change that can modify unit. If you’re not using the Settings Service, push an OTA update to enable it… now it’s a one click change.
And what about all that data? Do you have a plan to keep the data from your devices in Decatur, Texas organized and easy to query separately from the devices in Decatur, Georgia? We do, with our flat system of tagging devices in our fleet management console.
These are problems that everyone building IoT must address. Why boostrap your own device management when Golioth makes it secure, dependable, and easy? Take Golioth for a test-drive. With our Dev Tier your first 50 devices are free.
In partnership for you
The combination of great hardware and an excellent device management cloud means a rock-solid base to build from. Choose NXP hardware, take advantage of Golioth, and focus your time on creating a superb product for your company.