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Modular kit rolls for Renesas MCUs

Posted: 07 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:KickStart? development kits? Renesas? IAR Systems? MCU?

IAR Systems has announced a new product in its family of IAR KickStart Kits. The new kit supports the full range of Renesas R8C, M16C and M32C devices by employing a modular design with a single base application board and several MCU modules.

This modular IAR KickStart Kit contains the necessary tools for initial evaluation and prototyping of the R8C/M16C/M32C MCU range, giving developers the opportunity to test several MCUs8-, 16- and 32bit within the same core family, with the flexibility to change the MCU during the course of the evaluation. Using the same tools that will be used when real product development starts makes it possible to avoid the delays and errors that may result from changing tools and development environment after evaluation proof-of-concept milestone is reached.

Because this is a versatile evaluation platform, with MCU modules ranging from the R8C/Tiny general-purpose series up to M32C/80 MCUs offering up to 16Mbytes of addressable memory in combination with rich peripheral sets, the kits are suitable for developing embedded systems for a wide range of applications including motor control, industrial automation, CE, robotics, white goods and medical monitors.

This kit was developed in cooperation with German distributor MSC Vertriebs, which has extensive experience of supporting the Renesas MCU line.

The IAR KickStart Kit includes code-limited versions of IAR Embedded Workbench: for M16C, M32C and one for R8C. Also included is an application base board fitted with one MCU module from the seven types available from the R8C, M16C or M32C device families. The board is fitted with three serial interfacestwo MAX232 and one TTLalong with a USB to serial interface, CAN with transceiver, user LEDs, a 16x2 character LCD module with LED backlight, an LDR and potentiometer connected to the A/D-channel, encoder switch with push-button, a MMC/SD card interface and other features.

The kit also includes a Renesas E8-USB debugger, which works for all the relevant MCUs and can be driven from within IAR Embedded Workbench and all the necessary cables and documentation.

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