Renesas – Fully Integrated Platform Eases Industrial System Design

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Industrial system design has become more challenging due to increased system complexity, higher levels of software integration, and connectivity and security requirements – along with shorter development cycles. Developed for industrial applications, the Renesas Synergy Platform is a complete and qualified ARM-based solution that accelerates embedded development, inspires innovation, and enables differentiation.

The Synergy Software Package (SSP) is the centerpiece of the Renesas Synergy Platform. Ideally suited for the unique requirements of industrial systems, the SSP includes a complete RTOS and protocol stacks, an application framework, and underlying drivers. It is fully integrated and qualified and is supported and fully warranted by Renesas. The SSP requires no license fees, no royalties, and can be used for an unlimited number of projects and products in development.

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Renesas Synergy Software Package – Fully verified andguaranteed based on ISO/IEC/IEEE 12207 standards

Reliability and sustainability are key aspects of industrial system design. Realizing this, Renesas is the first MCU supplier that qualifies both MCUs and software. The Renesas Synergy Software Package is fully verified and guaranteed according to the Software Quality Assurance (SQA) process based on ISO/IEC/IEEE 12207 standards – which warrants complete SSP operation against specifications in the SSP software datasheet. Furthermore, the Synergy Software quality process is completely verifiable because it uses quantifiable metrics to measure and track software quality.

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Performance, scalability and security geared to the demands of industrial system design

A high-quality product needs to be built on a high-quality foundation. With a wide range of performance and features, Renesas Synergy microcontrollers (MCUs) can meet the scalability, power consumption, and performance needs of nearly any end-product using embedded system control. Designed for the specific needs built in to establish rock-solid security, ensure dependable safety, ease connectivity, and facilitate human-machine interface creation. The Renesas Synergy Platform is the best choice for developing an industrial system platform that can be updated, secured, and maintained for years. of the industrial market, Renesas Synergy MCUs have features

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RTOS and middleware. It‘s all included with the Renesas Synergy Platform.

The Synergy Platform integrates Express Logic’s popular ThreadX® real-time operating system. This RTOS ensures reliable system operation, supports an API that allows portability across Synergy MCUs, and minimizes the length of system development cycles. ThreadX RTOS features an extremely fast, commercial multitasking real-time kernel with preemptive scheduling and a small memory footprint.

Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS Features

  • Small FLASH footprint
    – Less than 2 KB on Synergy processor families
  • Small RAM requirements
    – Minimum of
  • Fast Context Switch
    – 0.7 ms on Synergy S7G2 MCU Group
  • Optimized for Synergy MCUs with stack bounds checking and Cortex®-M optimizations
  • Intuitive API
  • Multiple scheduling algorithms (Fully Preemptive, Round-Robin, Preemption-ThresholdTM)
  • Real-time event trace
  • Fully deterministic
  • Certified by SGS-TUV Saar for use in
    safety-critical systems according to IEC-61508 SIL 4, IEC-62304 SW Safety Class C, ISO 26262 ASIL D and EN 50128

INDUSTRIAL IoT NETWORKING SIMPLIFIED

Real-time industrial Ethernet, multi-protocol support, advanced network management, and robust security for intelligent gateways and networked industrial IoT solutions

Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) call for a new generation of connected, intelligent machines that need real-time networks, and safety and security built into the architecture of the control systems. Also desired are connectivity technologies that will enable access of relevant data, either in the cloud or in-plant systems, that can focus on business process improvement such as analytics, predictive maintenance, or remote monitoring of plant operations.

On the other hand, a plethora of cloud platforms are being deployed, and many of these solutions disregard the real-time networks within the plant floor and lose the high fidelity that is used to control motors and drives, read from sensors, or communicate machine health.

The RZ/N1 series from Renesas not only provides multi-protocol, real-time industrial networks, but also advanced network management and the robust security needed for intelligent gateways and networked industrial IoT solutions.

Build an IIoT Use Case
The RZ/N1 family is an ideal solution for an industrial switch that can support industrial protocols as well as redundancy networks. Additionally, the RZ/N1 allows you to build different types of IIoT use cases that can be dropped into a real-time system, yet can be connected to either in-plant edge processing or to a cloud platform that can ingest more granular data that can be used to improve machine operation. You can also implement OPC UA companion software to act as an OPC UA server, which can then be interoperable to any OPC UA client.

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Protocol Abstraction Layer

Simplify industrial network development with middleware that abstracts the different protocols with a common API and middleware components that support multiple protocols.

The Operation System Abstraction Layer (OSAL) delivers unified representation of the protocol by providing an abstraction layer that allows the user to implement various leading industrial network protocols while keeping a uniform API available at the application layer. This simplifies development by having the user focus on the application and not the underlying protocol used. This also reduces complexity and extends BOM usability when looking to switch protocols in the same hardware platform.

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RZ/N1 SERIES MICROPROCESSORS

Protocol Stack Ecosystem
Renesas works together with industry-leading protocol vendors to support and simplify development for real-time fieldbus networks such as EtherCAT®, PROFINET®, Sercos® III, EtherNet/IPTM, and ETHERNET Powerlink. The partners deliver protocol stacks that allow system developers to easily set up the environment on the RZ/N1 for real-time and redundancy protocols.
RZ/N1 Block Diagram

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RZ/N1x Key Features

  • High-performance CPU (ARM® single/dual Cortex®-A7) @ 500 MHz
  • Offload CPU (ARM Cortex-M3) @ 125 MHz
  • 2MB/6MBSRAMwith ECC on-chip

Main Ethernet Features

  • Sercos III, Ethercat, Powerlink, EIP, Profinet, PRP/ HSR
  • Up to five ports Gb switch (IEEE1588, QoS, RSTP, and multicast)
  • R-IN engine

General Features

  • DDR2/3 I/F, QSPI, SDIO eMMC and NAND flash controller
  • Motor control (PWM timer, I/F)
  • 2x ADC 12-bit with S/H
  • High-speed USB H/F
  • Cyber security and
    safety options

Package

  • 400 BGA (17×17 mm, 0.8 mm pitch)
  • 324 BGA (15×15 mm, 0.8 mm pitch)

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RZ/N1D Solution Kit
The RZ/N1 Series Solution Kit is a complete hardware and software development solution that enables customers to quickly develop on an RZ/N1D device. It includes five 10/100/1000 Mbit Ethernet interfaces that are configurable for different use cases and an initial set of Linux-based, VxWorks, and ThreadX-based sample software and partner protocol stacks.

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