Expanded Partnership Opens the Java Ecosystem for RZ Microprocessor-Based Design
17 Feb 2015
SANTA CLARA, Calif., February 17, 2015 — Renesas Electronics America, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, is expanding its collaboration with IS2T, a leading provider of state-of-the-art software technology for embedded systems, to simplify software complexities for emerging Internet of Things (IoT) markets. With their latest collaboration, Renesas Electronics and new Alliance Partner member IS2T extend the support of the MicroEJ® software platform from the RX microcontrollers (MCUs) to the latest Renesas RZ/A group of microprocessors (MPUs). The RZ/A features an ARM Cortex A9 CPU that clocks at 400MHz, up to 10Mbytes of on-chip SRAM, a TFT LCD interface with graphic accelerators, and numerous communication peripherals.
Renesas and IS2T's ambition is to offer Java and C/C++ developers an embedded software platform that drastically lowers costs of building application software. That software platform contributes to easily expand product ranges, build a consistent and improved user experience across several devices, and accelerate specification process for HMI-based applications specifically targeted by the Renesas RZ product family. Typical markets include building automation, smart appliances, industrial control, gateways, and concentrators. The scalability of the MicroEJ software platform allows the same application to run on a wide range of Renesas RX MCU and RZ MPU devices with various operating systems, depending on cost/performance constraints. Renesas and IS2T will also provide support for the Renesas RZ-A1 Renesas Starter Kit (RSK) board featuring a graphic display.
Renesas DevCon Extension Online will feature two options: An "on-demand" course and "live" webinars. The basic, on-demand courses will roll out through June 2015. The "Live" Webinars will feature industry expert-led discussions on three topic tracks:"Software complexity for embedded design will be a challenge as emerging IoT markets continue to solidify and grow. As an embedded solutions leader, we recognize these challenges and are working with strategic partners to simplify the design experience for customers working with our MPUs and MCUs," said Ritesh Tyagi, vice president of marketing, Renesas Electronics America. "We are pleased to expand our partnership with IS2T and bring MicroEJ embedded software platform to our innovative RZ MPUs, enabling customers to move their embedded devices from prototype to market quickly and with confidence. Thanks to our partnership with IS2T, we are bringing development cost control to our customers and a speedier time-to-market without any sacrifice on the performance of the device."
"By using the combined solutions from both Renesas and IS2T, a customer can save on development costs, and accelerate revenues by improving time to market. The MicroEJ platform reduces software complexity, and enhances Renesas portfolio capabilities, scalability, and software components reuse, resulting in much better software productivity, which is required by all companies today", said Dr. Fred Rivard, CEO, IS2T. "For the past year, IS2T and Renesas have collaborated to support MicroEJ on the Renesas RX MCUs. Extending that support to the RZ-A1 MPU, with its 10 Mbytes of embedded RAM and 1000 MIPS, we will bring the MicroEJ software platforms to an unheard level of performance, allowing customers to bring new products designed with Renesas MCUs/MPUs to market quicker than ever."
About Renesas and the IS2T MicroEJ
MicroEJ encompasses the entire embedded software lifecycle management – prototyping, development and testing – powered by a development environment simulating the target hardware. It offers access to the Java technology within a very small footprint and can run a Java engine (Virtual Machine) on the RZ MPU without requiring external DRAM, enabling high-level programming while reducing cost and complexity.
The MicroEJ software platform provides a set of extensions to accelerate development: human-machine interface (HMI) and user experience, numerical for digital signal processing, Internet of Things (IoT) for networking, and remote device management. The rich, easy-to-use, and ultra-efficient UI provides a set of thread-safe graphic libraries using the model-view approach, enabling PC-based simulations and code re-use over multiple Renesas' part Numbers, allowing for full re-use overall products and accelerating prototyping, development and automatic testing.
About the Renesas Alliance Partner Program
The Renesas Alliance Partner Program consists of more than 800 companies that complement a customer's in-house design and development expertise with additional design consultants, software partners, programming houses, tool vendors and manufacturing companies that all team to speed time to market.
Pricing and Availability
The MicroEJ® software platform is available now for RZ/A MPUs. Graphics demos featuring the MicroEJ GUI capability are also available.
For more information on MicroEJ® for RZ and access to the evaluation version, visit: http://am.renesas.com/products/tools/introductory_evaluation_tools/renesas_starter_kits/rsk_rza1/index.jsp or http://www.is2t.com/renesas/.
About Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, home electronics, office automation, and information communication technology applications that help shape a limitless future. Learn more at renesas.com.
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