Micrium and Renesas Electronics Deliver New Embedded-System Design Book with Microcontroller Board at ESC Silicon Valley 2010

15 Apr 2010

WESTON, Florida, April 15, 2010 - Embedded-system engineers designing with Renesas Electronics' SuperH™ microcontrollers (MCUs) and Micrium's uC/OS-III real-time kernel and operating systems (RTOS) middleware, will now have access to an informative "how-to" guide. Micrium and Renesas Electronics will bring to Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley (ESC SV), a new book, uC/OS-III: The Real-Time Kernel, a two-part volume that is packaged with a companion board that uses Renesas Electronics' SH7216 device, a 32-bit 200MHz/400DMIPS superscalar microcontroller with a double precision FPU, Ethernet, USB, CAN and 1MB flash memory.


The book will be available for viewing at ESC Silicon Valley in San Jose, California, April 27 to 29, in the Renesas Electronics booth #2002 and in Micrium's booth #2202. In addition, a demonstration will take place in Renesas Electronics' booth of select exercises included in the book.


"My intent when writing this book was to place into the hands of embedded design engineers not just a basic understanding of underlying RTOS technology, but also hands-on instruction and experience in making it work," said Jean Labrosse, Micrium president and CEO. "This collaboration with Renesas Electronics delivers all of the necessary elements to be up and running quickly with our respective powerful technologies, along with our joint commitment to educating engineers as designs continue to become increasingly complex."


The book represents an in-depth description of the internalsof the uC/OS-III real-time kernel. Micrium and Renesas Electronics collaborated on examples of the use of the uC/OS-III and the SH7216 MCU in Part II of the book. The "hands on" aspect includes access to uC/TCP-IP, uC/FS (File System), and uC/Probe, which enables the user to "see" the results of their code running in real time.


Renesas Electronics' SH7216 companion board clocks the MCU at 192MHz and offers features such as IEEE1588-compliant 10/100Mbps Ethernet, USB device, RS-232C, Micro-SD card slot, 3D accelerometer, character LCD, and multiple LEDs arranged to emulate motor control, among many other features. The board also includes on-board debugger circuitry to allow debugging and programming of the SH7216 MCU using just a USB cable. The SH7216 board is designed to facilitate custom prototypes using the on-board I/O expansion headers. The online installation files include Renesas Electronics' High-performance Embedded Workshop (HEW), a full function evaluation compiler (256KB, size limited after 60 days) and several application examples.


"Renesas Electronics and Micrium had two primary goals in creating this book-plus-system-board package," said Ali Sebt, Vice President, Consumer and Industrial Business Unit, Renesas Electronics America Inc. "We wanted to simplify and facilitate the application of SuperH microcontrollers, and wanted to help customers build the highest possible level of quality into their system designs. If we've been successful in meeting these objectives, engineers will enjoy using the system development resources the package delivers and will be able to put them to good use easily, again and again."


The official release date for the book is April 15, 2010, and the ISBN number is: ISBN 978-0-9823375-4-7. The set is available at Micrium's bookstore at http://store.micrium.com, and soon at Amazon.com, and other fine bookstores. Pricing is as follows:


United States:

uC/OS-III and Renesas Demo Kit YRDKSH7216: $199.95

uC/OS-III Book only: $89.95

Renesas Demo Kit YRDKSH7216 kit only: $149.95



uC/OS-III and Renesas Demo Kit (worldwide) YRDKSH7216W: $209.95*

Renesas Demo Kit YRDKSH7216W (Worldwide Power Supply): $159.95*


*The US version of the book/kit contains a U.S. power supply, while a worldwide version contains a power supply complete with adapters for use worldwide.


About Micrium

Micrium provides the highest quality embedded software components by way of cleanest source code, unsurpassed documentation and customer support. Micrium's uC/OS-II, uC/OS-III, and its complete line of software shortens time to market throughout all product development cycles. Micrium helps its customers build products that address today's increased design complexity. For additional information, please visit: www.micrium.com.


About Renesas Electronics America Inc.

Renesas Electronics America Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world's number one supplier of microcontrollers and a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions, and a broad range of analog and power devices. In the Americas, Renesas Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type active-matrix LCD modules from NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies. More information about the products offered by Renesas Electronics America can be found at www.renesas.com.

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