Renesas | June 16, 2022
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced two new cloud development kits, providing a complete connectivity solution for the RA and RX Families of 32-bit microcontrollers. In addition, the cloud kits are the first to use Renesas' RYZ014A Cat-M1 module. This certified LTE cellular module enables MCUs and cloud services to establish a wireless connection rapidly and securely without a gateway.
Without creating sophisticated circuitry and software stacks, customers may swiftly develop IoT cloud-based products and solutions using these cloud kits. Kits include the RYZ014A Cat-M1 PmodTM module, several sensors, a high-performance MCU, hardware-based security, and a dependable software stack.
The cloud kits are compatible with worldwide cloud service providers, including AWS Cloud and IoT services. Both kits are intended to operate on AWS (Amazon Web Services) FreeRTOS with FSP (Flexible Software Package) for CK-RA6M5 and RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) for CK-RX65N. (RX Driver Package). Once linked to AWS IoT Core, the kits have access to a vast array of AWS Cloud and IoT services for data analytics and IoT device management.
In addition to the Cat-M1 RYZ014A wireless module, the kits include an Ethernet option for connecting to the cloud securely when the Cat-M1 network is unavailable. Renesas intends to expand its wireless connection offerings soon. These kits will also be available as part of the Quick-Connect IoT Platform from Renesas, which combines standard hardware and software building blocks to enable quick prototyping IoT systems.
Key Features of the Renesas CK-RA6M5 and CK-RX65N Kits
RYZ014A LTE Cat-M1 Pmod and Ethernet are two network connectivity possibilities
ArmCortex®-M33-based RA6M5 MCUs with TrustZone® and Secure Crypto Engine and RX65N MCUs with TSIP provide enhanced security (Trusted Secure IP)
AWS-qualified hardware with an extensive software suite and a custom-designed dashboard to visualize sensor data
UVDI | June 14, 2022
UVDI is delighted to confirm the next generation UVDI-360 Room Sanitizer at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Conference, which is now integrated with UV Smart Connect cloud communications technology, making it even easier and more efficient to use. Over 1,100 hospitals around the world rely on the new UVDI-360 for its independently validated effectiveness and user safety features.
With automatic, real-time Smart Device communications, UV Smart Connec technology simplifies device usage, fleet management, and device service. In addition, the UVDI-360 is connected to UVDI's easy-to-use, cloud-based operator portal via Instant UV Smart Connect cloud communications, which are powered by modern cellular and wireless technology.
Automatic, real-time transfer of device usage data to the cloud
24-7 device health monitoring by UVDI and end-user notifications
Automated over-the-air (OTA) software updates for continuous device improvement
Secure dual network connectivity via cellular and Wi-Fi communications
Offline communications enabled through an onboard battery
Intuitive remote control included allowing approximately 45 feet of range through walls
Enhanced servicing via remote device monitoring as well as a detachable power cord
"As Healthcare professionals are more time-stretched than ever, they should not have to make tradeoffs when it comes to UV room disinfection efficacy and ease of use. The addition of advanced UV Smart Connect™ technology streamlines UVDI-360 device operation and fleet management, while still delivering the same proven efficacy trusted by hospitals around the world,"
Peter Veloz, CEO, UVDI
In Q3 2022, the UVDI-360 Room Sanitizer with UV Smart Connect will be available for healthcare facilities in the United States, with international availability by the end of 2022.
Renesas | August 10, 2022
Renesas Electronics Corporation a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the RZ/N2L microprocessor units (MPUs) for Industrial Ethernet communication that make it easy to add network functionality to industrial equipment and devices. The RZ/N2L complies with many industry-standard specifications and protocols to facilitate the development of industry automation devices that require real-time capabilities. The new products support the increasingly popular Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) Ethernet standard that ensures real-time communication. Equipped with an integrated TSN-compliant 3-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and an EtherCAT slave controller, the new devices also support all major industrial network communication protocols, such as EtherCAT, PROFINET RT, EtherNet/IP, and OPC UA, as well as the new PROFINET IRT.
By using the RZ/N2L as a companion chip complementing the host CPU, customers can add Industrial Ethernet functionality to their equipment without major changes to its internal configuration. This enables customers to develop industrial equipment utilizing rapid and precise synchronized control for factory automation.
“Revising the full design of equipment in order to implement Industrial Ethernet functionality creates a substantial development burden in terms of both time and cost,” said Hitoshi Shirakabe, Vice President of the Industrial Automation Business Division at Renesas. “To address this challenge, Renesas developed the RZ/N2L, which is optimized as an add-on to existing systems. I am confident that it will enable customers to quickly deploy cutting-edge industrial networks with minimal system modifications.”
“I anticipate that the RZ/N2L, which supports the fast-growing TSN standard, will further accelerate the spread of Ethernet in the factory automation market, We are planning to release GOAL middleware for the RZ/N2L targeting multi-protocol real-time communication to help our customers implement Industrial Ethernet communication technology to their devices.”
Dietmar R. Franke, CEO/CFO at port industrial automation GmbH
Optimized as a Dedicated Networking Companion Chip
The RZ/N2L has both parallel and serial host interfaces that connect to the host CPU for external applications. This allows direct connection between the RZ/N2L and the CPU for high-speed access. In addition, the external CPU can directly access communication data stored in the system RAM of the RZ/N2L. Since the RZ/N2L can perform network processing independently of the external CPU, Industrial Ethernet can be added to systems without the need for major changes to the existing application software.
Remote I/O, Sensor Hub, Inverter, and Gateway Supported on a Single Chip
RZ/N2L is built around the Arm® Cortex®-R52 with a maximum operating frequency of 400 MHz. It integrates large capacity ECC RAM and peripheral functions such as a delta-sigma interface, A/D converter, and PWM timer, allowing the RZ/N2L to be used as a standalone device to develop applications such as remote I/O, sensor hubs, and inverters. The UART and CAN functions enable the RZ/N2L to serve as a gateway for converting from a fieldbus based on RS485 or CAN to Industrial Ethernet.
Functional Safety Support
The RZ/N2L can also be used as an MPU that supports functional safety. Renesas’ functional safety solutions such as self-diagnostic software for the RZ/N2L, functional safety platform software soon to be offered by Renesas and secure networks can reduce the time and workload associated with development. Renesas plans to release a functional safety solution for the RZ/N2L in 2023.
Winning Combinations with RZ/N2L
Renesas has released two new Winning Combinations with working PoC (proof of concept) boards using the RZ/N2L. These solutions use complementary Renesas devices that work together seamlessly. The Gigabit Industrial Ethernet SOM Solution uses Renesas power management ICs, photocouplers, EEPROM and other mixed signal devices to provide a configurable industrial Ethernet in SOM + Carrier board architecture. This solution has two Gbit Ethernet interfaces and Pmod & Arduino interfaces to build a system with different peripherals. It also uses a single configurable power supply to support different RZ MPUs. The 220V AC Servo Solution integrates motor control and EtherCAT to provide high-speed and high-precision motor control through time-sensitive industrial Ethernet communications. It includes a physically isolated motor encoder, power drive and system control blocks with high degree interconnect. Using this monolithic solution helps reduce bill of materials cost, when compared to a two-chip system that handles motor control and EtherCAT separately.
Renesas provides these solutions together with reference circuits, Gerber, and sample program code to accelerate product development. Renesas Winning Combinations have technically vetted system architecture from mutually compatible devices that work together seamlessly to bring an optimized low-risk design for a faster time to market. Renesas offers more than 300 Winning Combinations with a wide range of products from its portfolio
About Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas Electronics Corporation empowers a safer, smarter and more sustainable future where technology helps make our lives easier. A leading global provider of microcontrollers, Renesas combines our expertise in embedded processing, analog, power and connectivity to deliver complete semiconductor solutions. These Winning Combinations accelerate time to market for automotive, industrial, infrastructure and IoT applications, enabling billions of connected, intelligent devices that enhance the way people work and live.