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How Memfault and Texas Instruments Boost Reliability of IoT Devices

A collaboration between Memfault and Texas Instruments makes it easier for IoT developers to build reliable networks at scale.

As IoT devices like air-quality sensors and robots become increasingly sophisticated, their creators face heightened security and privacy requirements, as well as new challenges deploying their products at scale. Not only do developers need to carefully select the best hardware, but they must also factor in software development and maintenance. And the more sophisticated the software becomes, the greater the risk it will cause terminal device failures.

That is why it’s so important to combine great hardware foundations with a modern methodology for monitoring device health and catching software issues in the field. If you can catch crashes in the field and have all the data required to find a fix, then maintaining fleets of sophisticated devices becomes easier.

Empowering IoT Developers

A collaboration between Memfault and Texas Instruments (TI) makes it easier for IoT developers who are building the next generation of smart, connected devices to deliver products that perform as anticipated, now and over the long term.

Memfault combined TI’s connectivity technologies with its embedded device observability platform to enable IoT device monitoring, debugging, and over-the-air (OTA) software updates. If you’re deploying TI’s CC3220SF and CC3235SF wireless microcontrollers (MCUs), Memfault’s integration with TI SimpleLink™ software development kits makes it easy to collect high-quality performance and debugging data from TI devices deployed in the field.

Shmulik Elgavi, product line manager of wireless connectivity solutions at TI, said, “Memfault’s observability solution for embedded devices gives IoT developers detailed insights into device performance and software quality once devices are deployed in the field.”

“The collaboration between TI and Memfault makes it easier for those deploying products based on TI hardware to get access to detailed insights and build high-quality, reliable products.”

—Shmulik Elgavi, Product Line Manager, Texas Instruments

Shown below: Hardware overview for the Texas Instruments CC2325x device

Memfault and Texas Instruments: TI Hardware Overview

Because Memfault helps identify and prioritize issues quickly, developers can rapidly remediate bugs both during development and in production. Catching more bugs and fixing them faster speeds time to market and increases reliability of production devices over the long term.

“TI’s history of cutting-edge IoT products has made them a leader in the embedded space, and Memfault is excited to help monitor and maintain fleets for 15-year life cycles in the field.”

—Chris Coleman, Memfault CTO

Together, TI and Memfault offer a solution for building Wi-Fi®enabled devices for the industrial sector as well as sub-1GHz, Bluetooth® Low Energy and IEEE 802.15.4 solutions. The best thing? This deep integration between Memfault and the SimpleLink portfolio is available right now. And if you are already deployed on compatible TI hardware, getting up and running can take minutes.

In the Field: Airthings Improves Speed to Market with TI and Memfault

Airthings, an air-quality monitoring company based in Norway, has already taken advantage of the Memfault and TI collaboration to quickly deliver high-quality, high-reliability IoT devices at pace.

“The combined expertise of TI and Memfault has allowed us to bring innovative, dependable products to market faster than ever before.”

—Audhild Randa, Chief Operating Officer, Airthings

Randa explained, “Texas Instruments’ chipsets have been a cornerstone of Airthings’ product development, and integrating Memfault gave us an extra layer of assurance. We’re excited to see what new value this collaboration will bring!”

Related: How Airthings Creates Healthier Environments with Access to Fleet Health

Business Benefits

The combination of TI SoCs and Memfault’s purpose-built embedded device observability platform can help companies such as Airthings:

  • Accelerate development cycles by finding and fixing faults much faster
  • Dramatically improve device quality and software reliability
  • Get better insights and analytics on the health and performance of their fleet with customizable monitoring that scales to handle millions of devices
  • Respond faster and more efficiently to software issues in the field with automatic alerts and built in issue deduplication and prioritization tools
  • Maintain device performance and security once deployed, closing the loop with Memfault or existing OTA frameworks

So what’s next?

If you are already deployed on compatible TI hardware, getting up and running with Memfault can take minutes. Contact Memfault to get started or explore the Memfault Interactive Sandbox.

Still spec’ing out a new device? Schedule a demo to learn how the collaboration between Memfault and TI can help you reach your goals.