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Ittia and Renesas combine to give power to IoT edge devices

Steve Rogerson
February 22, 2017
Washington-based database management company Ittia and Japanese electronics company Renesas are collaborating to provide data storage and analysis for microprocessors to help manufacturers of embedded and IoT devices collect, store, search and share data at local end-point devices.
Devices in smart, mission-critical communications networks, such as sensors and IoT gateways, produce data that need to be stored, analysed and connected. This accumulation of data will have significant impact on data growth as manufacturers require more intelligence from the device.
Ittia’s DB SQL captures large volumes of data on flash media and offers embedded developers working with the Renesas RZ/A MPUs standard technologies such as SQL and the relational model, which are commonly found in enterprise RDBMS products, in a compact package. This allows developers to build robust, mission-critical systems that analyse information to make complex decisions at the point of origin.
“The deluge of data generated by all the connected devices in the IoT ecosytem requires a robust and reliable method to store, search and analyse the data,” said Semir Haddad, director of marketing for Renesas Electronics in America. “By integrating the Ittia DB SQL with our RZ/A MPUs, Renesas enables embedded developers to manage data locally as well as implement analytics and algorithms at the end-point device.”
As the market for intelligent and connected devices is expanding, developers of embedded devices seek the freedom to interact with one supplier for their hardware and software. As devices adapt to operate with or without an internet connection, developers require database transaction boundaries to manage shared processing and storage resources effectively.
The RZ/A MPU embedded with DB SQL provides intelligent data processing capability while data distribution in DB SQL enables applications to achieve high availability. This equips engineers with the right hardware and software tools for prototyping, development and integration with other components, such as a real-time operating system, graphical user interface and file systems in the early stages of development.
This documented system combines an ARM Cortex-A9 processor with large on-chip RAM on RZ/A, graphics processing and standard interfaces necessary to collect, store and communicate data with other embedded systems and gateway IoT devices. The on-chip RAM eliminates the need to add external memory and the complexity of routing high-speed memory signals, making for a compact embedded platform with an MPU. This platform of hardware and embedded database software is said to offer safe and efficient data storage on flash media.
“We are delighted to share our database software, which has organically grown to its current stage according to the market demands from embedded developers using Renesas RZ/A MPUs," said Sasan Montaseri, president of Ittia. “The combination of Ittia DB SQL and RZ/A MPUs will offer tremendous development and cost savings to innovative IoT and embedded developers."