IoT sensors are being infused into just about everything, from industrial equipment to consumer devices, and increasingly these devices are connecting to the cloud.
By 2020, Gartner predicts there will be more than 20 billion connected devices. In April 2018, Microsoft had announced USD 5 billion investment in IoT and the intelligent edge over the next four years.
On April 18, 2019, Microsoft announced that it had acquired Express Logic, a leader in real-time operating systems (RTOS) for IoT and edge devices powered by microcontroller units (MCUs). “Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS has over 6.2 billion deployments, making it one of the most deployed RTOS in the world per VDC Research. This widespread popularity is driven by demand for technology to support resource-constrained environments, especially those that require safety and security,” wrote Sam George – Director, Azure IoT, Microsoft, in a blog post announcing the acquisition.
Express Logic has spent the last 23 years providing RTOS and middleware software solutions for embedded and IoT developers. CEO William E Lamie added, “Our solutions have been optimised to help our embedded and IoT customers get to market faster and more successfully. We believe in simplicity, safety, security, and world-class customer and partner support. As a result, our ThreadX RTOS has achieved over 6.2 billion embedded and IoT deployments and enjoys industry recognition as a premier solution for resource-constrained environments, especially those that require safety and security.”
Adding further, George said, “With this acquisition, we will unlock access to billions of new connected endpoints, grow the number of devices that can seamlessly connect to Azure and enable new intelligent capabilities. Our goal is to make Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS available as an option for real-time processing requirements on an Azure Sphere device and also enable ThreadX-powered devices to connect to Azure IoT Edge devices when the IoT solution calls for edge computing capabilities.”
Express Logic’s engineering team will be joining Microsoft post the acquisition.