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Renesas adds remote debug, real time code customization to Quick Connect Studio

Renesas adds remote debug, real time code customization to Quick Connect Studio

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By Nick Flaherty



Renesas Electronics has expanded its Quick Connect Studio cloud-based embedded system design platform with remote debugging of boards.

The Renesas Quick Connect Studio enables users to graphically co-optimize hardware and software to quickly validate prototypes and accelerate product development. 

The tool, hosted on AWS in Europe and shown at Embedded World 2024 in Germany this week, allows engineers to graphically drag and drop device and design blocks based on Renesas microcontroller boards and partner peripherals. After placing each block, users can generate, compile, and build the base software automatically with drivers and sample code with very little upfront learning or investment needed.

The cloud compute power provides fast compilation, and the intuitive GUI reduces the learning curve. Quick Connect Studio automatically generates system software that can be iteratively tested on the hardware.

The company is also hosting the physical microcontroller boards and peripherals at its design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, for remote debugging. The code from the Quick Connect Studio can be downloaded to the remote board, and Renesas is setting up cameras to provide a feed back to the user.

This follows the hardware-as-a-service debugging system set up by MikroElektronika which is a Renesas partner for the MikroBus interface, as well as PMOD and Arduino interfaces.

Quick Connect Studio now offers support for all the Renesas RA MCU boards, including the newly launched RAE family of low cost devices as well as multiple Renesas wireless modules and sensors. Additionally, devices from partners such as ams OSRAM, TDK, and Arducam have been added to further broaden the range of supported applications and designs.

Quick Connect Studio can now help users build over 350 systems using Renesas MCU and breakout boards. Renesas is looking to bring more suppliers and partners into the tool to automate the addition of their complementary devices.

The automatically generated code can be customized real-time in the browser application. Using remote board farms, the code can be tested on target hardware dynamically to verify the operation before buying or building the physical board and setting up the test system. This capability dramatically speeds up the process of building proof of concepts and prototyping system solutions by concurrently working on both software and hardware components of system design.

Renesas now offers multi-region secure infrastructure deployments around the world for uniform user experience, fastest response and reduced latency. This enables auto-scaling to accommodate multiple concurrent users to access the platform anywhere, anytime.

“Quick Connect Studio is a transformational offering for the industry,” said DK Singh, Vice President, Digitalization for Renesas. “For the first time, engineers can now pursue hardware and software development simultaneously. Our aim is to remove all the preparatory work from the system development process. This is a radical shift, enabling designers to focus their resources and energy on their core innovation build software immediately with the ability to quickly reconfigure and test product ideas.” 

“Renesas is empowering customers to accelerate their proof of concepts and production processes through Quick Connect Studio,” said Sahil Choudhary, Director of Marketing at TDK. “Once integrated into this platform, customers can seamlessly incorporate our MEMS 6-axis motion sensor with any Renesas RA MCU, generating production-ready code within minutes, without delving into intricate technical details.”

With standard connectors, engineers can mix and match MCUs, MPUs, sensors, and connectivity boards seamlessly. In the future, users will be able to extend and expand beyond Renesas to different partners such as major cloud providers, service integrators, and leaders in the open-source community.

Quick Connect Studio is available today and supported by various Quick Connect IoT development boards spanning MCUs, Connectivity, and Sensors. More development kits, PMODs and peripheral boards will be added continuously to the platform at www.renesas.com/qcstudio.

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