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Renesas Synergy™ Platform Strengthens Security and Expands IoT Device-to-Cloud Connectivity

Synergy Software Package v1.3.0 includes NetX Secure™ TLS, MQTT connectivity, Wi-Fi/Cellular/BLE Frameworks, and Support for New Synergy Microcontrollers

TOKYO, September 5, 2017 ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the latest update of its Renesas Synergy™ Platform, the first qualified, maintained and fully supported software/hardware platform that accelerates time to market, reduces total cost of ownership and removes the obstacles engineers face designing Internet of Things (IoT) products. The Renesas Synergy Platform consists of fully integrated software, development tools and a family of scalable microcontrollers (MCUs) with no upfront fees or back-end royalties – everything is included in the purchase price of the MCU device.

 

The Synergy Platform’s new release includes the Synergy Software Package (SSP) version 1.3.0, which integrates Express Logic’s NetX Secure™ Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT) for NetX Duo™. SSP v1.3.0 also adds Wi-Fi, LTE cellular and Bluetooth® low energy (BLE) wireless application frameworks that simplify adding or exchanging radio frequency (RF) modules in IoT devices. Low power management is enhanced by adding the Power Profile application framework to make it easy to use the Synergy MCUs’ complex low-power modes. The Synergy Platform also includes software and development tool support for three additional MCU groups – S5D5, S3A6, and S128. New low-cost S5D5 and S3A6 target board kits and S128 development kit further reduce development cost barriers.

 

SSP v1.3.0 integrates NetX Secure to safeguard connected IoT device communications over public networks and the Internet. Developers can easily deploy NetX Secure to authenticate the senders and receivers identity, and prevent eavesdropping and tampering with data sent across the network. NetX Secure uses the TLS protocol to achieve socket layer security while using the NetX Duo TCP/IP network stack. TLS provides security three ways: by establishing secret keys between the client and server, applying hashing algorithms to detect alteration or forgery of packet content, and remote host identity using digital certificates. The MQTT protocol enables lightweight machine-to-machine (M2M) communication across small IoT edge devices powered by MCUs. This combination of TLS and MQTT protocols ensures secure and efficient communication from edge to cloud.

“The functionality of the Synergy Platform continues to grow in value, serving embedded IoT developers with greater security, simple to integrate RF modules, and an ever-expanding full service software/hardware platform that accelerates time to market like never before,” said Peter Carbone, Vice President of Synergy IoT Platform Business Division, Renesas Electronics Corporation. “Each new SSP release enables our customers to innovate and differentiate, while tackling the most complex IoT applications.”

 

“With edge nodes and connected devices rapidly populating the IoT landscape, the need to put an end to security breaches of sensitive and confidential information has never been more critical,” said William E. Lamie, President, Express Logic, Inc. “We are thrilled to see Express Logic’s NetX Secure TLS and MQTT for NetX Duo inside Renesas’ Synergy Software. We believe that Synergy customers have the essential tools needed to quickly develop secure IoT device-to-cloud solutions.”

 

Wireless Application Framework Additions

The wireless application frameworks in SSP v1.3.0 enable developers to easily add, or swap RF modules from various suppliers into their projects by providing a set of uniform APIs that abstract low-level hardware details. This makes it easy for Synergy Platform customers to evaluate popular RF modules and quickly adapt to changes in availability of specific RF modules with minimum impact to application code. SSP v1.3.0 also makes the Wi-Fi application framework native to the SSP and adds new frameworks for cellular and BLE connectivity to cover the three key wireless IoT protocols. Synergy Tools simplify selecting RF module functions, configurations, and connections to the ThreadX® real-time-operating system (RTOS). Customers can access the Synergy wireless application frameworks and supported device drivers on the Synergy Gallery.

 

Synergy S5D5 Group MCUs

The S5D5 Group, Renesas’ eighth group of Synergy MCUs, increases the Synergy Platform’s scalability with six new software-compatible MCUs. Each MCU delivers cost-effective performance, a large SRAM to flash memory ratio, and robust security features to address IoT applications. The S5D5 MCUs include a 120 MHz ARM® Cortex®-M4 CPU core, 512KB or 1MB on-chip flash memory, 384KB of SRAM, precision analog acquisition functions, Ethernet interface, and high-speed USB. Specialized on-chip security features include the ability to generate and safely store private keys using symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, a true random number generator (TRNG), and special memory protection functions.

 

Availability

SSP v1.3.0 is available now for download at https://synergygallery.renesas.com. The Synergy S5D5 MCU Group is available now from Renesas Electronics’ worldwide distributors, along with a low-cost TB-S5D5 Target Board Kit that enables customers to evaluate and quickly start their design.

 

S5D5 Group MCUsFlash MemorySRAMPackage
R7FS5D57A3A01CFP512 KB384 KB100-pin LQFP
R7FS5D57A3A01CFB512 KB384 KB144-pin LQFP
R7FS5D57A2A01CLK512 KB384 KB145-pin LGA
R7FS5D57C3A01CFP1 MB384 KB100-pin LQFP
R7FS5D57C3A01CFB1 MB384 KB144-pin LQFP
R7FS5D57C2A01CLK1 MB384 KB145-pin LGA

A new TB-S3A6 Target Board Kit for the S3A6 MCU Group and DK-S128 Development Kit for the S128 MCU Group are also available from Renesas Electronics’ worldwide distributors.

 

To learn more about the Renesas Synergy Platform, please visit www.renesassynergy.com.

About Renesas Electronics Europe

Renesas delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live – securely and safely. As the number one global supplier of microcontrollers, and a leader in A&P and SoC products, Renesas provides the expertise, quality, and comprehensive solutions for a broad range of Automotive, Industrial, Home Electronics (HE), Office Automation (OA) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) applications to help shape a limitless future.

Renesas Electronics Corporation was established in 2010 and is headquartered in Japan.With over 800 hardware and software alliance partners worldwide, it has the industry’s largest local support network. Renesas Electronics’ European structure is comprised of three business units – the Automotive, the Broad-based and the Industrial Solution Business Unit.

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(Remarks) Renesas Synergy is a trademark of Renesas Electronics Corporation. NetX Secure and NetX Duo are trademarks, and ThreadX is a registered trademark of Express Logic, Inc. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. ARM and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the EU and other countries. All registered trademarks or trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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