Renesas Electronics America Releases New Version of e2studio IDE for RX and RL78 MCUs

  Renesas Electronics America Releases New Version of e2studio IDE for RX and
  RL78 MCUs

  Updated Version allows easy migration of software projects from HEW IDE to
                             Eclipse environment

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- October 23, 2012

Renesas Electronics America, a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor
solutions, today announced the release of version 1.1 of its Eclipse-based
integrated development environment (IDE), e^2studio, designed to provide a
flexible development platform for its market-leading RX and RL78
microcontrollers (MCUs). The new version represents the official release of
e^2studio in the Americas and features additional software debugging support
like profiling and code coverage as well as a new project import function to
allow developers to use their existing High-Performance Embedded Workshop
(HEW) RX projects in the e^2studio environment. This new feature makes it easy
to migrate from HEW to Eclipse. The e^2studio IDE was created to allow
developers working with Renesas’ RL78 and RX families of MCUs to leverage the
benefits of working with Eclipse-based development tools.

The Eclipse platform and the associated C/C++ Development Tooling project, or
CDT, has gained significant momentum with developers as they have discovered
its powerful editing and project management capabilities.

“Eclipse is becoming the de-facto standard IDE for embedded software
development in the US and in Europe,” said Ritesh Tyagi, Senior Director,
Microcontroller Products & Solutions Marketing, Renesas Electronics America.
“Eclipse allows software engineers to standardize their development tools
which reduces the need for training and leads to faster development. Renesas
architected e^2studio to be compatible with the standard Eclipse CDT
framework, keeping any customization to an absolute minimum to ensure the
portability of the plug-in technology.”

With the release of e^2studio version 1.1, Renesas is transitioning away from
the use of proprietary IDEs, like HEW and CubeSuite+, towards development
tools based on open source software like Eclipse. e^2studio is available free
of charge to customers and fully supported by Renesas.

The e^2studio IDE is supplied with build-phase plug-ins for Renesas, IAR
Systems, Green Hills Software and the free KPIT Cummins GNU compilers for RX
and RL78. Debug support includes Renesas’ E1 & E20 on-chip debuggers, Renesas’
IECUBE full specification emulators and the Segger J-Link debugger. Renesas
implemented a GNU Debugger (GDB) interface with DSF (Debugging Services
Framework) extensions so that features such as real-time memory view,
real-time expression view, real-time chart view, and trace can deliver the
powerful debugging necessary for today’s embedded code development.

e^2studio support for the Renesas SH-2/SH-2A and RH850 MCUs is also in
development. The SH and RH850 support will be available in Q4/12 and Q2/13,
respectively. For more information on e^2studio, please visit

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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. Renesas Electronics America
also offers the global manufacturing capabilities and fab network of its
parent company. 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


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