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Starter kit for embedded MPUs targets low cost HMI apps

Posted: 14 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Renesas? starter kit? embedded microprocessor? HMI? GUI?

Renesas has introduced a starter kit for the company's embedded microprocessors aimed at low-cost HMI applications. With 10MB of on chip SRAM, the RZ/A1 device family is intended to meet the requirements of the graphical user interface developer, as it is able to drive screens up to XGA size without the need for external RAM, indicated the firm.

The dedicated Renesas starter kit features a development board with the device itself as well as connectors for all the major supported communications peripherals on the device. These include CAN, Ethernet, camera interface, audio interface, SD card, USB 2.0 host and USB 2.0 function. The kit is supplied with a 7in WVGA touch panel screen, so that systems designers can develop their own GUI directly on the development board, noted Renesas.

RZ/A1 device family

In addition, it also includes all of the standard hardware features needed to start an evaluation or development, including a Segger JLINK-lite JTAG debugger, universal power supply and a PMOD debug screen to assist with application debugging.

From a software point of view, the kit is supported by both the ARM IAR IDE and the ARM DS-5 IDE. Additionally, the kit is supplied with a free GCC compiler, meaning that there are no additional costs from a software tools point of view to start programming. The kit also comes with over 15 different software examples, which include all source code demonstrating the capability of the device and form the basis of any developments customers may want to use.

There are four versions of the RSK available: a board only solution, options with and without the TFT screen, and with and without the debugger.

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