Low-Cost Evaluation Board and New Host Driver Based on Renesas Synergy™ Platform Enabling Enhanced Security and Power Efficiency

March 15, 2017

Dusseldorf, Germany, March 15, 2017 — Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced a new evaluation board for the Renesas TPS-1 PROFINET IRT Device Chip as well as a new host driver based on the Renesas Synergy™ Platform. The new evaluation board enables a low cost entry for evaluation of the TPS-1 PROFINET IRT Device Chip. With the expansion of host driver line-up, Renesas provides users with wider choice of ready-to-use host processors and more flexibility to implement the Renesas microcontroller (MCU) in a way that exactly fits the requirements of their application.

New updates for Renesas’ TPS-1 PROFINET IRT Device Chip:

(1) New evaluation board – low-cost PROFINET IRT evaluation

The new evaluation board demonstrates how simple and efficient a PROFINET IRT device design can be by using the TPS-1. Operating with the latest PROFINET IRT software environment, the board features only the basic circuitry needed to operate the TPS-1 (power supply, serial flash, crystal, UART and network interface). The minimised hardware cost allows for a significant bill of material (BOM) cost reduction compared to the existing TPS-1 solution kit. All IO pins are easily accessible with a dedicated adapter board that has the IOs on standard multi-pin connectors. The connectivity with several products from the Renesas MCU portfolio – including Synergy MCUs – is described in an application note.

(2) New host driver - increased IoT security and high power efficiency

The new host driver for the high-performance Synergy S7G2 MCU Group give system designers access to the Synergy MCU’s connectivity and superior security features. Together with the recently announced host drivers for Renesas’ RX63N and RX231 MCUs, a wide choice of host drivers for Renesas MCUs is now available to fit various application requirements. By using the Synergy S7G2 Group, system designers can design an end product that can use large on-chip SRAM and flash memories, handle multiple high-speed secure connectivity channels simultaneously, drive a high-quality colour display, perform precision control operations, or sense analogue signals with high accuracy. The sample project software will be included in the new TPS-1 solution kit. The support packages consist of adapted versions of the API for the host CPU and a working PROFINET example that can be operated with the TPS-1 development tool package, that eliminates the need for system designers to purchase a PROFINET master for their first experiments.


The new TPS-1 solution kit will be available at the Renesas online shop or at your distribution partner from May 2017. For more info please check the Renesas website (Availability is subject to change without notice.).

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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