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Smart Edge Nodes

With the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) design cycles continue to shorten, making it important to find solutions that require minimal engineering overhead, allowing for faster time to market. The open source nature of Amazon FreeRTOS, an operating system well-suited for microcontrollers (MCUs), enables low-power edge devices to be easily programmed, connected to, secured and managed. Amazon FreeRTOS provides a platform which includes a suite of connectivity and security libraries that help you develop smart edge nodes without operating system costs. These validated libraries reduce your design risk and design time allowing you to focus your development resources on creating differentiated applications. To serve this fast-paced market, Microchip provides MCU-based hardware that supports Amazon FreeRTOS and includes a robust integrated development environment and toolchain to get your design connected to the cloud quickly.  

Why use this solution?

Microchip provides a fast and easy way to create smart edge nodes that connect to Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the PIC32MZ EF, a MIPS-based microcontroller. This MCU supports Amazon FreeRTOS and its associated libraries and is compatible with our MPLAB® Harmony software development chain as well development boards for rapid prototyping. For even faster development, we offer the Amazon FreeRTOS Curiosity PIC32MZEF Bundle which provides the software, hardware and free example projects that developers need to get started quickly. Benefits of using this bundle include:

  • Secured connection to help protect against hacks
  • Over-the-Air (OTA) capabilities enable remote software update
  • Manage multiple Wi-Fi® connections for efficient connectivity to AWS server
    • Seamless connection management for multiple Wi-Fi protocols
  • Secure key management keeps you in control of your platform, irrespective of who shares your infrastructure



Part NumberDM320104-BNDL
PIC32MZ EF Curiosity bundle consisting of Wi-Fi click board and USB UART click board can be used to develop AWS smart node cloud connected applications.