Renesas Electronics America Announces Expanded Ecosystem for RX100 Family of MCUs

  Renesas Electronics America Announces Expanded Ecosystem for RX100 Family of

  New Development Tools for RX100 MCUs Include IDE, Compiler and Support for
                     Popular RTOS Kernels and USB Stacks

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- May 09, 2013

Renesas Electronics America, a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor
solutions, today announced an expanded portfolio of development tools and
middleware solutions for use with the company’s RX100 family of entry-level
32bit microcontrollers (MCUs) with True Low Power^TM technology and on-chip
connectivity. The tools and middleware solutions, from leading technology
partners including IAR Systems, SEGGER Microcontroller, Micrium, Express
Logic, CMX, RoweBots, and FreeRTOS, make it easier and faster to design
products based on RX100 MCUs, including devices for mobile healthcare,
internet of things, smart meters, sensors/detector, and industrial and
building automation applications.

"To support the market's needs for industry-standard development tools and
middleware solutions, Renesas Electronics America has teamed up with select
technology partners," said Ritesh Tyagi, senior director, microcontroller
products, Renesas Electronics America. "The RX100 Series’ outstanding
low-power characteristics and on-chip USB host and device functionality,
combined with a well-established ecosystem, offer designers world-class
solutions for low-cost 32-bit embedded systems."

New tools supporting the RX100 MCU architecture include:

  *The e^2studio integrated development environment (IDE) and RX-C compiler
    from Renesas
  *IAR Embedded Workbench® and RX C-compiler from IAR Systems
  *CMX-RTX (RTOS kernel) and CMX-USB (USB stack) ports by CMX
  *ThreadX (RTOS kernel) and USBX (USB stack) ports by Express Logic
  *FreeRTOS port by Real Time Engineers Ltd.
  *µC/OS-III (RTOS kernel) and µC/USB (USB stack) ports by Micrium
  *Unison RTOS kernel and USB stack ports by RoweBots
  *embOS (RTOS kernel) and emUSB (USB stack) ports by SEGGER

These tools and middleware solutions are available now and can be used with
the first product group in the RX100 Series, the RX111, with USB host and
device connectivity, motor control capability and advanced analogue functions.

"As a Renesas Platinum Partner and the only third-party tools vendor with
support for the entire lineup of Renesas MCU families, we are very pleased to
strengthen our strategic alliance to deliver best-in-class tools for the RX100
series," said Robert DeOliveira, Director Strategic Sales for IAR Systems.
"IAR Embedded Workbench for RX delivers outstanding scores on the EEMBC
CoreMark benchmarks, achieving 3.08 CoreMark/MHz, and our compiler technology
generates the smallest code footprint with the fastest compiler engine in the
market, so the code requires less memory and processing power. This makes IAR
Embedded Workbench the definitive choice of tools for all Renesas devices."

"We have been partners with Renesas for many years. We already support the new
RX100 subset of the RX family of MCUs with our middleware and also plan to
support it with our J-Link family of debug probes as well as our ‘Flasher’
line of production programmers," said Rolf Segger, Founder & CTO of SEGGER.
"This will make it possible for customers to easily switch to the RX100 MCUs
and take full advantage of the features of this new family, especially the low
power consumption."

"Micrium supports the new Renesas RX100 product line with our highly acclaimed
real-time kernels (uC/OS-II and uC/OS-III) as well asour uC/USB-Device
stack.These high-quality embedded software components will allow embedded
design engineers to develop robust and reliable products in the shortest
possible time," said Jean Labrosse, Founder, President and CEO of Micrium.

"Our customers in the fields of power metering and home automation find the
Renesas RX family to be very appealing, and they often use our ThreadX RTOS,
networking and USB middleware," said William E. Lamie, President of Express
Logic. "Together, ThreadX and the RX100 Series of MCUsdeliver small size, low
cost, and powerful performance for high-reliability industrial and
home-automation devices."

"As a Platinum Partner, CMX is proud to expand its existing support for the
Renesas MCU family with the addition of the RX100 Family of MCUs," said Chuck
Behrmann, President and CEO of CMX Systems. "This extended support benefits
customers by bringing our excellent RTOS and middleware software to complement
Renesas' lowest power, high-performance 32-bit MCUs."

"The Renesas RX111 is an amazing addition to the RX family. As a Renesas
Platinum Partner, RoweBots has integrated our Unison POSIX RTOS with Zigbee
and USB device support for the RX," said Kim Rowe, Founder and Chief
Technology Officer of RoweBots. "Using the Unison RTOS, Zigbee-based M2M
communication networks and small USB device applications run out of the box in
just 10 minutes on RX development boards."

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to extend our support for theRX
family of MCUs, and especially pleased in thisinstance as we have used the
launch to highlight our synergistictechnologies: the low-power RX100 and the
low-power tick suppressionfeatures of the FreeRTOS real-time kernel," said
Richard Barry, Director of Real Time Engineers Ltd and founder of the FreeRTOS

For more information about the RX100 family of MCUs, visit

Or refer to the RX111 Press release:

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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
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