WoW, another IoT enabler with hardware crypto engine. Indeed security is must for home automation and also for customer's proprietary code protection.
Loos like TI has gone one step ahead by integrating RF also in same chip. Last week TI has launched MCU+Wifi in single chip and they also have Hardware Crypto engine.
Not sure which is right approach for IoT market, having RF integrated in a single chip/package or having separate MCU and RF. If I see mobile phone chipsets (ofcourse can't compare apple to apple with ioT Chips), OEMs prefered single chip solution (Baseband and Application processoer in single chip/package) ove discrete ones.
I've got a couple of boards built around the CC3000 WiFi module. The CC3200 looks pretty compelling. I'd like to take a look at the PIC24FJ128GB204 too. I haven't done anything with encryption and I'd like to see how imuch overhead a solution like this puts into the programming and use.
If I ever free up some time, I might get one of the CC3200 launch pads and on of the PIC parts.
@pinaz: Where are you getting the "$1.30"? The cheapest "GB2" part I can find with the features indicated in the article is the PIC24FJ64GB202 with volume pricing starting at $2.69.
I just heard back from the folks at Microchip. They say: "The $2.69 that the user comment includes is for a PIC24FJ64GB202 at 5k units, which is lower volume. The press release mentions $1.30 as volume pricing, which is based on the PIC24FJ64GB202 at 100k+ unit per year."
They also told me that folks can contact their local Microchip sales office if they need more aggressive pricing quoted for higher volume opportunities than are posted on the Microchip website.
1) In my opinion, security is a non negotiable function for connected things. Hardware engines to do this will become increasingly prevalent to improve performance and energy efficiency compared to software only implementations
2) Interesting to see the pricing commentary.....Yes, important.....but I think we have to escape from this "race to the bottom" mentality..If I have valuable data to protect I will pay more..if my supplier (Microchip is recognized as doing a great job with that) can get me into this rapidly developing IoT space quicker and with a more agile solution than others, I value that.
It is not a race to the bottom @fergie1965, it is an economic imperative. If IoT is going to be the ubiquitous reality everybody s talking about, we need to bring the cost down. Companies would still make decent money through economies of scale.