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Renesas aims to streamline embedded dev't for IoT

Posted: 19 Oct 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Development kits also became available for Synergy at DevCon. Renesas is offering both an entry-level starter kit and a higher-end full development kit. Also, Future Designs is offering a set of kits along with a system-on-module that contains a complete processor along with RAM and Ethernet PHY.

A unique fourth core element to the Synergy platform is Renesas calls its Synergy Solutions. According to Rootz, these are not simple reference designs but representative production examples of full product designs made using the SSP. In addition to the traditional design files that accompany reference designs, these design instances come with a "design journey document" that explains the thinking behind the choices made during development. The first of these production examples is an HMI device with wireless connectivity.

The final core to the Synergy platform announced at the show is the Synergy Gallery, a website that makes available all of the SSP components from Renesas as well as supporting products from its third-party vendors. The vendors provide Verified Software Add-ons (VSAs) that Renesas has certified as compatible with SSP for seamless expansion into specialized functions. Some VSA offerings made available at DevCon include Skkynet's Skkyhub secure IoT service, the Icon Labs Floodgate system security software, cloud services from Verizon using the BugLabs on-device interface, and the Zatar cloud services from Zebra Technologies. Renesas has 11 vendors in its VSA programme and has certified numerous independent design houses as trained on the Synergy platform to offer contract design services.

Overall, Sebt said, the goal of the Synergy platform is to reduce the effort needed for developers to implement the foundation requirements of today's embedded systems so that they have more time to innovate and differentiate their products. But he noted that the platform approach is not necessarily right for all embedded systems. So despite the ARM-based Synergy platform initiative, Sebt noted, the company is not abandoning its rich legacy of custom processors nor support for more traditional embedded development. "There is a platform strategy and a device strategy," he said, "and there is a price difference. Not everything is going to become a smartphone."

- Rich Quinnell
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