New Motor Kit and Renesas Demonstration Kit Solutions Enable Easy Evaluation of RL78 MCUs, Speeding Time to Market
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Renesas Electronics America Inc. today announced it has expanded its portfolio of solutions for the low-power RL78/G14 microcontroller (MCU) family in order to simplify systems development and decrease time-to-market. Designed to deliver performance and power-efficiency while incorporating advanced on-chip peripherals, the RL78/G14 MCUs are ideal for a number of applications including low-power consumer and wireless systems, household appliances, home healthcare, HVAC equipment and industrial automation systems. With today’s announcement, Renesas offers a new RL78/G14 motor-control kit and RL78/G14 Renesas Demonstration Kit (RDK) with built-in features to support Internet and cloud connectivity.
“Customers choose the RL78 MCUs because they offer low-power operation, great performance and the right mix of peripherals for their application,” said Ritesh Tyagi, senior director, Microcontroller Products & Solutions Marketing, Renesas Electronics America. “But more and more, customers rely on Renesas to provide complete software and system-level development capabilities. The new motor kit and RDK for the RL78/G14 devices demonstrate our commitment to helping customers get to market more quickly with differentiated products.”
About the RL78/G14 Motor-Control Kit
The new RL78/G14-based motor-control kit is a complete, end-to-end solution that demonstrates the RL78/G14 controlling a three-phase brushless DC (BLDC) motor using sensorless vector control. The kit will allow engineers to easily implement sensorless vector control and evaluate the performance using a graphical user interface (GUI) to ease the design process, and reduce development time and cost.
Running a custom motor using sensorless vector control typically requires the designer to tune control algorithm parameters such as current loop PI gain constants, which can be challenging and time consuming. The Renesas solution includes an additional test mode that allows designers to quickly obtain optimal PI gain constants, simplifying the process of tuning the sensorless vector control software algorithms so that engineers may run their own motors if desired. The kit also provides an isolated interface to the computer for improved safety. The kit contains:
About the RL78/G14 RDK
Renesas Electronics has developed an easy-to-use RDK designed to significantly reduce design uncertainties, development time and cost. The kit is optimized for the development of solutions for the industrial and medical markets, especially those where Internet and cloud connectivity are an imperative. Renesas teamed up with Exosite and Gainspan to integrate this connectivity.
The kit features an integrated cloud client to provide a simple yet powerful connection to portal and service provider Exosite. Hans Rempel, Founder and CEO of Exosite, said, “This is our third development kit collaboration with Renesas in which Exosite-enabled firmware connects the user to their kit, via the cloud, in minutes. The combination of the Exosite cloud interface, the Gainspan wireless connectivity, and the Renesas low power RL78/G14 processor give customers exciting off-the-shelf building blocks to quickly prototype and create their own cloud-connected M2M products. As with all our collaborations with Renesas, customers can use our web dashboards (and APIs) to remotely interact with their Renesas Demonstration Kits free of charge."
Bernard Aboussouan, Vice President of Marketing at GainSpan, said, “Renesas worked with Gainspan to integrate a highly integrated and ultra-low power Wi-Fi module into the RDK, an industry first for a starter kit in this price range. The module is FCC, IC, CE and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ by the Wi-Fi Alliance®, and has also been pre-programmed and integrated with factory setup and demo applications, using the embedded web server and service discovery with browser or native iPhone/ Android apps, and provisioning and over-the-air firmware upgrade applications.”
Working closely with several leading semiconductor suppliers, the new RL78/G14 RDK showcases both a reference BOM and reference schematics for most MCU interfaces available for the RL78/G14 MCUs, highlighting both the chipset and solutions from as many as 12 design or semiconductor partners, including Analog Devices Inc., Total Phase, Okaya Electric Industries Co., NDK, Future Designs Inc., E Ink, Seiko Instruments Inc., Micron, PalConn, Gainspan, Exosite and CEL. The kit also features:
Pricing and Availability
The RL78/G14 Motor Control Kit is available now. More information is available online at http://am.renesas.com/applications/key_technology/motor_control/reference/RL78/index.jsp
The RL78/G14 RDK is available now for $99. More information, including short video tutorials on YouTube, is available online at http://www.renesas.com/RDKRL78G14
Pricing and availability is subject to change without notice.
More information on Renesas’ RL78 MCU family is available here.
About Renesas Electronics America Inc.
Renesas Electronics America Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world's number one supplier of microcontrollers and a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions, and a broad range of analog and power devices. In the Americas, Renesas Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type active-matrix LCD modules from NLT Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies. More information about the products offered by Renesas Electronics America can be found at http://am.renesas.com.
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Source: Renesas Electronics America Inc.