BOSTON – Simply in time for CES, Blues Wi-fi (Blues) formally introduced the Notecard Outboard Firmware Replace, an over-the-air no-code (OTA) firmware replace functionality that can set a brand new commonplace for flexibility and safety within the IoT business. The sport-changing innovation permits gadget builders to implement firmware updates of their units with out writing any code in anyway, however by making a number of easy wiring adjustments between the Notecard and their microcontroller (MCU). Builders might select from a lot of MCUs, programming languages, and real-time working methods (RTOS), and may even carry out updates on ‘native’ purposes with no code from Blues and no RTOS in any respect. This functionality from Blues continues to ease the developer’s IoT journey, bringing mobile cloud-connected merchandise realistically inside attain of each developer, regardless of their ability stage.
The flexibility to replace firmware over the air is desk stakes in IoT, enabling distant supply of bug fixes and safety updates to units nicely after they’ve been deployed to prospects. Up to now, implementing firmware updates is a fancy and extremely dangerous endeavor, requiring code that safely “swaps itself” in place – reverting to “final identified good” variations upon failure. This difficult code is usually positioned throughout the software itself, or inside its RTOS, requiring a particular ‘bootloader’ and firmware format.
The Blues Wi-fi Notecard acts as a “safe co-processor” designed to dump mobile communication burdens from the appliance, together with that of downloading and verifying firmware updates from the cloud. Now, by giving the Notecard management over the MCU’s “strapping pins,” the Notecard’s new Outboard Firmware Replace functionality allows it to reset and lay down new firmware and information into the MCU’s storage “from the surface,” requiring no cooperation with the appliance or RTOS working inside that concentrate on. The Notecard can set up new firmware no matter whether or not the MCU is hung, working rogue firmware, or simply in want of latest options and capabilities.
The Notecard’s Outboard Firmware Replace functionality stands aside from the competitors as a result of:
- Numerous MCUs are supported.
- It’s unbiased of RTOS and programming language, making it straightforward to develop and deploy a prototype, replace it within the discipline, and even change RTOS after the actual fact.
- Non-functional (bricked) units broken by corrupted firmware, malware assaults, or simply an ‘infinite loop’ might be recovered.
- Partial app updates might be carried out – such because the set up of a new machine studying mannequin – saving on information utilization prices for giant updates.
Firms constructing cloud-connected units want to contemplate how they’ll preserve and improve their options as they scale from prototype to full-field deployment of doubtless lots of of 1000’s of units. This problem solely multiplies for cellular-based options. Blues has created the Notecard and Notehub particularly to take away the price and complexity from IoT improvement, and to allow safe and economical operations at scale. Outboard Firmware Replace is one more commercial-grade functionality that Blues is now offering to its prospects.
Blues shall be exhibiting at CES, Sales space #10752, North Corridor of the Las Vegas Conference Middle. Request a media tour or interview and discover up-to-date exhibitor info and extra showcase particulars at blues.io/ces-2023.
About Blues Wi-fi
Blues Wi-fi (Blues) is a hyperscale mobile IoT resolution supplier based in 2019 by repeat innovator Ray Ozzie. Their flagship merchandise, Notecard and Notehub, work collectively to supply a whole high-scale device-to-cloud information pump. Blues reduces the price and complexity of constructing related merchandise by together with provisioning, safety, and cloud gadget administration as commonplace options, with the
simplicity and suppleness enabling it to be integrated inside new and current designs. Greater than 800 forward-thinking corporations, from startups to enterprises, use Blues to securely cloud-connect their merchandise. Electronic mail [email protected] or go to blues.io for extra info.