Renesas Latest Chip Maker to Offer IoT Development Platform
The Japanese company's Synergy Platform joins similar efforts by such vendors as Intel, ARM, Broadcom and MediaTek.Count Renesas Electronics among the growing list of processor and system makers offering a hardware development platform to help accelerate the growth of the Internet of things. Renesas joins other chip vendors—including Intel, ARM, Broadcom, Qualcomm, and MediaTek –in offering developers a package of hardware and software they can use to more quickly bring their Internet of things (IoT) products to market. In the process, the vendors hope to gain a strong foothold in an IoT market that is expected to expand rapidly in the coming years and generate trillions of dollars in revenue. The fully integrated Renesas Synergy Platform includes embedded software, such as a real-time operating system (RTOS); microcontrollers that offer a range of performance; power consumption, security and connectivity offerings, and an integrated development environment. The solution essentially gives engineers a head start by enabling them to start product development at the API level, according to Ali Sebt, senior vice president of Renesas Electronics Corp. "Engineering teams used to spend valuable development time writing software ranging from low-level peripheral drivers to complex communication and specialty stacks," Sebt said in a statement. "This resulted in months of engineering resources spent integrating, testing, and maintaining software that didn't differentiate the end-product in the market."
However, with developers now being able to start designing at the software API level, "and enjoy a real-time control system without the need to build any baseline functionality, the Renesas Synergy platform accelerates embedded development, inspires innovation and enables differentiation," he said.