Learn about the Azure Sphere solution and how Microsoft has implemented all the security features required to harden your next IoT product.


Event Date & Time:  21st of April at 11:00 AM CT // 4:00 PM GMT


Security should be the first requirement for any new IoT project.  Implementing secure IoT solution can be difficult, complex and expensive. The Microsoft Azure Sphere secure IoT solution includes all the security features and global infrastructure required to deploy and maintain a scalable highly secure system. Azure Sphere is the easy and affordable way to build products that are innately secure and continually responds to emerging threats to keep devices secured over the long term.  This Webinar will introduce the Azure Sphere secure MCU solution.  The instructor will discuss the Azure Sphere solution, the development environment,  review example applications and show live Azure Sphere demos.


What you will learn in this webinar:


  • Why is IoT security important?
  • Azure Sphere Overview
  • Azure Sphere Development Environments
  • Live demos
  • Azure Sphere Examples
  • Demo: Over the Air application update



Azure Sphere Starter Kit

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The Azure Sphere MT3620 Starter Kit 2.0 is an enhanced version of Avnet’s popular Azure Sphere Starter Kit. It supports rapid prototyping of highly secure, end-to-end IoT implementations based on Microsoft Azure Sphere. This small form-factor carrier board includes a production-ready MT3620 Sphere module with WiFi connectivity, along with multiple expansion interfaces facilitating easy integration of sensors, displays, motors, relays and more. Key features of this version are its ability to support a wired Ethernet network connection (requires MikroE ETH click adapter to be fitted) as well as more flexibility in how ISUs can be used. Downloadable documentation and tutorials guide developers through all steps, from board setup to application coding.



Carrier Board 2.0

  • Azure Sphere MT3620 Module
    • 2.0 (dual-band WiFi)
  • Two MikroE click board expansion sockets
  • Grove expansion connector (configured as I2C)
  • On-board sensors
    • 3-axis accelerometer and gyro
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Temperature (die not ambient)
    • Pressure/barometric sensor
  • Interface for optional OLED 128x64 display
    • USB-based program/debug & recovery interfaces
  • User push button switches and LEDs
  • 5V to 3.3V power regulation
  • DC supply inputs:
    • USB 5V from host computer
    • External 5V via terminal-block
    • VBAT supply from optional coin-cell battery

Azure Sphere MT3620 Module 2.0

  • MT3620AN SoC multicore device
  • 1x 500MHz Arm Cortex A7, 4MB SRAM
  • 2x 200MHz Arm Cortex M4F, 64KB SRAM
  • 3x ISU interfaces (configured as UART, SPI, I2C)-ADC/GPIO: 3x 12-bit
  • ADC inputs (or 3 GPIOs)-PWM/GPIO: 9x PWM outputs (or up to 24 GPIOs)
  • RTC: Requires coin cell battery for VBAT voltage
  • Wi-Fi: Dual-band 2.4/5GHz 802.11 b/g/n radio
  • Antenna: Dual-band 2.4/5GHz chip antenna.




  • IoT appliances and devices
  • Remote access
  • Smart city
  • Smart agriculture
  • Building automation
  • Factory automation


The Presenter:

Brian Willess, Technical Solutions Engineer at Avnet

Brian is a Technical Solutions Engineer at Avnet working out of Southport NC.  Brian is one of Avnet’s Azure Sphere Specialists.  He’s Avnet’s North America Azure Sphere Trainer; he develops Azure Sphere demos/examples and supports Azure Sphere development teams.  Brian holds a BSE in Computer Systems Engineering from Arizona State University and has over 20 years of professional experience developing low level firmware, managing firmware teams and firmware projects.