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Renesas aims to streamline embedded dev't for IoT

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

Keywords:Renesas? IoT? embedded? design? network?

Renesas Electronics Corp. has recently unleashed the first elements of its Synergy embedded development platform during the Renesas Developer's Conference. Geared to improve embedded development efforts for IoT, industrial, medical and other markets, Synergy promises to automate the implementation of graphical interfaces, network connectivity and device configuration, and allows developers to focus on innovation in their core application competence.

Because of IoT, the number of embedded devices that will need to be created in the next five years is set to explode, said Ali Sebt, president & CEO of Renesas Electronics America, who gave a keynote at the event. "We need to scale up our design efforts rapidly. The challenge today is that most businesses use a pipeline model for development," Sebt added. "We need to adopt a platform model."

Sebt pointed to smartphones as a model for seeing the advantages of a platform. "Smartphones have been successful because they have rich resources and an army of developers. These are not necessarily very technical developers, but they have a good business sense about how to provide a service." The platform is what allows such developers to create value without needing to know a lot of detail about the device hardware, he noted.

Ali Sebt

Ali Sebt, president of Renesas Electronics Americas, revealed the core elements of Synergy at the Renesas Developer's Conference. (Image: Rich Quinnell/EE Times)

Embedded systems developers need the same kind of platform resource so that they can move forward in designing products and services without needing expertise in new must-have capabilities such as connectivity, graphical displays and touch sensors, that don't add unique value to the design, he added.

Renesas announced its Synergy platform in June, providing insight into its goals and structures. What the company announced at DevCon were the first products and resources to become available. Five core elements are becoming available in the Synergy platform: software, microcontrollers, tools and kits, design solutions, and a gallery of third-party offerings.

Five core offerings

Perhaps surprisingly for a semiconductor company, software forms the heart of the Synergy platform. The Synergy Software Package (SSP) contains an RTOS, stacks, libraries and utilities along with a framework and drivers, all optimised for the Synergy MCU architectures. In fact, Sebt pointed out, the software needs dictated many elements of the MCU designs rather than the other way around. The result is a software package that enables developers to program at an API level without having to get into the details of network software, file handling, graphics display, security and the like.

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