The Internet of Things (IoT) market continues to grow with some forecasts estimating the number of end points to exceed five billion*. What separates the IoT market from many others is the range of industries it covers, from retail to agricultural and healthcare, to banking—all participating and benefiting from the ability to develop low cost, connected devices that can analyze data locally or send to the cloud for deeper analytics.
Across the many industries of IoT, very few standards have emerged due to the wide diversity of needs and wants. However, one architecture, the system on a module (SOM), a circuit board that integrates a system in a single module, has become widely adopted. The developer’s use of SOMs reduces cost and time to market and can be re-used across many different devices, resulting in its wide adoption and an explosion of end devices.
NXP, seeing the potential of the SOM architecture for our wide range of MPU’s, realized an opportunity to partner closely with board partners who specialize in SOM development. Variscite was an early mover in this market and an obvious choice for collaboration. Variscite has grown to become one of the leaders in design and innovation using NXP i.MX applications processors and power management ICs through the VAR-SOM and DART Pin2Pin product families. These products offer our joint customers significant long-term advantages such as high scalability, optimized cost/performance, ease of development and long lifetime availability.
Recognizing we can’t do it alone, NXP offers our customers an extensive portfolio of partner solutions through our Partner Program that was recently updated to a new tiering of Platinum, Gold and Registered. Variscite has been a member for eight years at the Gold level.
“Through recent updates to the program, we can reward partners who have helped drive significant joint success in key markets,” said Bruno Guillotin, NXP Partner Program Manager. “Variscite is a valued partner with proven market success through the adoption of many of the i.MX 6, 7 and 8 series applications processors into their market-leading SOM’s, which has ultimately driven our collective success in the Industrial and IoT market. Based on this exceptional leadership with their SOMs and their expected continued success, we are pleased to announce the promotion of Variscite to Platinum membership in the NXP Partner Program; the first promotion to this level in over five years.”
As the IoT and other adjacent markets continue to evolve, NXP will innovate with products such as the i.MX 8M Plus and further enable machine learning at the edge. Continuing to strengthen our partnership with market leaders such as Variscite will ensure we bring robust processors to the next billion end device.
Please join us on Monday June 24th for a joint webinar between Variscite and NXP on How to design a scalable embedded product supporting multiple i.MX applications processors.
*Gartner, Inc. forecasts that the enterprise and automotive Internet of Things (IoT) market* will grow to 5.8 billion endpoints in 2020, a 21% increase from 2019. … Utilities will be the highest user of IoT endpoints, totaling 1.17 billion endpoints in 2019, and increasing 17% in 2020 to reach 1.37 billion endpoints.