IoT data efficiency boosted with NXP i.MX 8M

12th March 2021
Alex Lynn

ITTIA has announced support for the i.MX 8M family of applications processors from NXP Semiconductors. The combination of ITTIA DB SQL with i.MX 8M delivers real time insights through a flexible data management foundation powered by modern edge processing hardware.

ITTIA DB SQL is developed with the sole purpose of high-performance device-level data processing, storage, and distribution, which adds important value to advanced device applications, including Machine Learning (ML).

Mission-critical applications face many edge data management challenges, from performance scalability as data grows to maintaining data security and reliability at a reasonable cost. With support for the i.MX 8M family, ITTIA DB SQL empowers edge devices to monitor and process a large volume of data quickly and efficiently. The i.MX 8M family of applications processors is a modern scalable multicore platform that includes single, dual, and quad-core families.

Intelligent applications embedded with ITTIA DB SQL on i.MX 8M operate in highly distributed, heterogeneous environments, where a wide range of IoT devices continuously collect, process, and distribute data. Because of ITTIA DB SQL high-performance characteristics on edge devices, adding new sensors and other IoT devices does not degrade edge device responsiveness. Devices embedded with ITTIA DB SQL database experience great low latency and high throughput performance.

With ITTIA DB SQL, manufacturers of embedded systems and IoT data driven devices built on i.MX 8M SoCs are empowered to cost-effectively manage a large volume of real time data. One of the key benefits is the capability for devices to take on major computing responsibilities and provide immediate results when monitoring raw data. By managing and storing data at its source location, edge data management offers great total cost of ownership (TCO) by enabling devices to deliver fast local analytics, save bandwidth, and obviate the need for off premises data storage maintenance costs.

With the rapid development of IoT devices, manufacturers face a growing range of security threats. ITTIA DB SQL and the i.MX 8M family provide strong countermeasures to resist multi-type attacks against device hardware and database software.

The ITTIA DB SQL virtual security agent, DB SEAL, monitors database input and metrics in real time and rejects unexpected requests to i.MX 8M devices. ITTIA DB SQL also offers encrypted file storage, secure remote access, and private data distribution, while i.MX 8M security features include High Assurance Boot to protect software updates, and hardware-accelerated AES-128, AES-256, 3DES, ARC4, RSA4096, SHA-1, SHA-2, SHA-256, MD-5, RSA-1024, 2048, 3072, 4096 with secure key storage. Whether a database file is accessed locally, or is shared over a public network, security features ensure that data is protected from unauthorised access, eavesdropping, and session hijacking.

“The ITTIA DB SQL database enhances our commercial and industrial-grade i.MX 8M applications processors by optimising high-performance real-time data management at the IoT edge,” said Alex Dopplinger, Product Marketing Director at NXP Semiconductors. “This solution simplifies data management, on-site in a footprint small enough to run isolated on each machine, as well as across a distributed network of IoT edge devices.”

“Our lab has built and run a performance monitoring benchmark to understand the velocity of data records processed on the i.MX 8M family. We then expanded performance monitoring to track more sensors, and the results are astonishing,” said Sasan Montaseri, President of ITTIA. “On i.MX 8M applications processors, the ITTIA DB SQL offers significant computing power at the edge to solve tasks that would otherwise require expensive server hardware. Our benchmark results and performance metric information is now publicly available.”

ITTIA DB SQL and i.MX 8M SoCs are ideal for device manufacturers in any market where smart equipment, such as sensors and meters, connect to smart gateway devices to collect, store, and exchange information.

Whether devices monitor equipment and production in the industrial automation market, capture vehicle statistics in the automotive market, manage communications infrastructure, protect patient healthcare data, or control access to smart buildings, a flexible database solution from ITTIA gives manufacturers the edge on i.MX 8M devices.

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