The whole IoT, at API level
With the move, the chipmaker exceeds the limitation of the mere silicon. The new Synergy platform packs a range of 32-bit microcontrollers with a real-time operating system, an integrated software framework, development tools and example solutions into one product. Another innovation is the fact that all the software tools and licences are included in the platform price and are available through a cloud-based service. The benefit: This approach does not only help developers to significantly reduce the time-to-market for their products since the system software is an integral, ready-to-use part of the product. It also enables IoT start-ups to enter the phase of application right away without the need to deal with the hardware and RTOS details.
“For developers today, the design challenge has shifted from hardware and peripherals to software”, explains Andy Harding, manager Core Marketing ICBG for Reneasas. “In this sense, the Synergy platform is a real game changer”. Since users are not required to develop driver software, middleware, RTOS integration and cloud connection, they gain additional time for their specific, business-critical application development.
The platform embraces a range of ARM-based microcontrollers with clock frequencies from 32 to 300 MHz, running the TreadX RTOS from Express Logic. The middleware and comms stack includes Resesas-originated TCP/IP, USB, colour graphics, file system, security and more functions. A hardware abstraction layer shields the programmer from the complexity of the microcontroller and peripherals. The software APIs accept programs written in standard C language and, X-Ware and more – among others, it contains a function library for many common application tasks. This API abstract the dependencies, ensure portability and accelerate product development. What’s more the application framework available for the platform enables inter-process messaging, security services, audio playback, power management, and even JPEG conversion for digital images. Providing the system software, middleware and tools through the cloud prevents the software purchased from becoming obsolete and keeps developers always at the cutting edge, the company argues.
The platform is available for selected customers now; general availability can be expected in Q4.
More information: www.renesas.eu