Renesas Electronics Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation, today announced the availability of the Renesas Synergy Platform.
The Renesas Synergy Platform is a complete and qualified platform with fully integrated software. With a scalable family of microcontrollers (MCUs) and unified development tools, it will speed up embedded system developers’ time to market as they innovate new products for IoT device applications.
At the heart of the Synergy Platform is the Synergy Software Package (SSP), which is qualified, supported, warranted, and maintained by Renesas. The SSP consists of a real-time operating system (RTOS), extensive middleware, communications stacks and more. This is all accessible through a robust Application Programming Interface (API) to free customers from struggling with lower-level details of app development.
Developers can start MCU software development immediately at the API level, and focus on differentiating their own product rather than spending time on low-level edits and baseline functionality. Additionally, system developers can lower their total cost of ownership, and remove many obstacles that prevent them from starting new designs.
System developers in New Zealand can now access the full service of the Synergy Platform, through the Synergy Gallery website. Simple click-through licensing is all that is needed to immediately download the professional software and development tools, with no fees or royalties.
Developers using the Synergy Platform have the choice of using either of two professional software development environments. Both provide full step-by-step guidance and code generation: the IAR Embedded Workbench, the most widely used development toolchain in the world that is now integrated into the Synergy Platform, or e2studio, Renesas’ long-standing Eclipse-based development tool.
New partners participating in the Verified Software Add-on (VSA) Program enable Synergy Platform customers to browse and download third party software components. This is done through the Synergy Gallery, which is pre-tested and verified by Renesas to be compatible with the SSP. With this, developers can easily add specialised functions to their SSP projects including functions for more secure communications, cloud services, home and industrial automation, and communication protocols.
“In the rapidly evolving IoT industry, those who cannot get to market first with products that have differentiated value are at an immediate disadvantage,” said Ronnie Ho, Director of General Purpose Marketing, Renesas Electronics Singapore.
“The software API level allows developers to enjoy a connected real-time system without the need to build and maintain baseline functionality. The Synergy Platform empowers our customers to drive innovation and differentiate the end-products to succeed in a very competitive market.”
The Synergy Platform is comprised of five main elements integrated to achieve the most optimised functionality and best customer experience. The elements include:
This includes the SSP that integrates Express Logic ThreadX RTOS plus stacks, libraries and utilities such as NetX Duo, USBX, GUIX, and FileX with a rich application framework and drivers. It is optimised specifically for the Synergy MCU architecture and is accessible through a standardised API layer. The SSP was developed under strict Renesas Software Quality Assurance requirements and in accordance with industry best practices including ISO/IEC-12207. Regularly maintained as commercial software over a lifetime, the SSP is warranted to operate within specifications published in a software datasheet. An ecosystem of third party VSA software components is certified by Renesas to be SSP-compatible for seamless expansion of the SSP into specialised functions.
Four Synergy MCU series are based on ARM Cortex-M CPU cores and deliver a wide spectrum of performance, safety, security, cryptography, connectivity, and graphics capabilities. This enables use in products ranging from low-power portable devices to large, calculation intensive applications. Synergy MCUs are feature and pin compatible allowing easy scalability and code reuse from one device to another. MCUs have been in mass production since October 2015, including the Synergy MCU Groups S7G2, S3A7, and S124.
Synergy Tools and Kits
To streamline embedded software development, the Synergy Platform provides an extensive selection of intuitive tools including the e2 studio Integrated Solution Development Environment, IAR Embedded Workbench for Renesas Synergy, TraceX, and GUIX Studio. A range of easy-to-use kits enable rapid hardware development with Synergy Development Kits (DK) and low-cost Starter Kits (SK). These Kits now include the DK-S7G2, DK-S3A7, DK-S124, and SK-S7G2 with more coming throughout 2016.
These solutions go beyond typical MCU development kits to offer actual product examples and bundled technologies that provide a head start on designs. Product Example (PE) kits offer a unique perspective into a “design instance” of a particular end-product, closely representing how the end-product will be designed. This includes documentation to enable customers to adapt the design to their own end-product. An excellent example is the PE-HMI1 kit representing a Human Machine Interface with colour display panel and high-speed connectivity.
Everything required for Synergy Software development is available here – one-click licensing, software package downloads, software development tools and specialty add-on software. No fees or royalty payments stand in the way. Make a simple registration, download software and tools, access support, go to production, and receive software maintenance. It is that simple.