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Renesas expands IoT development platform

Steve Rogerson
January 14, 2016
Renesas Electronics has expanded its IoT development platform with an updated software package, microcontrollers and the first verified software add-on (VSA) for the platform.
Developments for the Japanese company’s Synergy platform include the commercial release of the Synergy Software Package (SSP) version 1.0.0, mass production availability of the S7G2 Synergy microcontrollers (MCUs), and availability of the first verified add-on software from its VSA programme partners.
Synergy is a complete and qualified platform for the development of embedded and IoT applications. It was designed to provide engineers with a platform that already has basic system elements implemented, configured and tested, so engineers can eliminate the time normally needed to implement and integrate base-line functionality and move almost immediately to product design, potentially reducing time to market by months. This allows system manufacturers to differentiate and increase the value of the end products they create.
The SSP, the core of the platform, integrates a real-time operating system with a set of utilities, drivers, libraries, software stacks and application framework, all optimised for the Synergy MCU architecture and supported by Renesas. The 1.0.0 version is the first version of the SSP fully qualified and usable in products in mass production.
The first devices in the Synergy family of MCUs to go into mass production, the S7G2 MCUs provide a CPU core and a large flash memory size for high-performance human machine interface (HMI) applications.
Cypherbridge Systems, Icon Labs and Skkynet, all members of the company’s VSA programme, are the first to offer production-ready software for the platform via the Synergy Gallery, the online source for Synergy software.