Renesas Electronics America and Express Logic Announce RZ Express Program to Drive Development of HMI Applications

  Renesas Electronics America and Express Logic Announce RZ Express Program to
  Drive Development of HMI Applications

  Build Differentiated HMI Solutions on Top of the Renesas RZ/A MPU Hardware
          Platform with Express Logic ThreadX^® RTOS and Middleware

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Business Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- April 1, 2014

Renesas Electronics America, a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor
solutions, and Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free
real-time operating systems (RTOSs), announce the new RZ Express program—an
optimized package of high-performance microprocessors (MPUs), easy-to-use
RTOS, and comprehensive middleware solutions ideal for high-resolution
displays used in the design of human-machine interface (HMI) applications.

The RZ Express program offers embedded designers developing a commercial
application with any Renesas RZ/A1 high-performance MPU the chance to obtain a
valuable single-product license for Express Logic’s ThreadX^® RTOS. This
includes any Express Logic middleware components required to complete the
application—NetX™, USBX™, FileX^®, and GUIX™. Additionally, free software
support and maintenance is provided for 90 days.* The RZ Express program
brings together a powerful hardware platform and a leading commercial RTOS to
help reduce design and execution risk by providing a proven path to
high-performance user interfaces.

“Using the Express Logic RTOS and middleware, including GUIX, helps designers
quickly and effectively build differentiated HMI solutions on top of the
Renesas RZ/A1 hardware platform,” said Ritesh Tyagi, vice president of
marketing for Renesas Electronics America. “The RZ/A1 MPUs have been optimized
for HMI applications and, when used with GUIX and the Express Logic
middleware, provide an optimal solution for high-resolution displays.”

Renesas RZ/A series of MPUs combine a high-performance ARM^® Cortex-A9
processor with up to an industry-leading 10MB of on-chip RAM to support faster
device control, digital audio and video-signal processing, and much more. The
large on-chip RAM removes the need for external SDRAM, enabling low-power,
cost-effective embedded display applications at up to WXGA resolution. The
RZ/A MPUs can also drive two displays and execute code in place from
cost-effective QSPI flash memory.

“Today’s end user expects to manage an embedded device through an intuitive
human-machine interface,” noted William E. Lamie, president of Express Logic.
“RZ Express provides engineers with the fully integrated tools they need to
design a system that is responsive, powerful, and graphically pleasing all
within a minimal footprint. What’s more, RZ Express provides this robust
software support free, saving development teams thousands of dollars otherwise
needed for such high-quality software.”


Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS is deployed in over two billion electronic
products, most of which are powered by ARM-based processors. ThreadX and
Express Logic’s related middleware provide priority-based, preemptive,
real-time scheduling, messaging, IPv4/IPv6 networking, USB Host/Device, and
GUI software support for these systems. The Express Logic products strongly
complement the Renesas RZ/A MPU.

The RZ Express promotion is valid only in the Americas (North America, South
America and Central America). Qualified customers* can request a
single-product license by registering their project with Renesas. For more
information, or to apply for the program, visit

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. More information about the
products offered by Renesas Electronics America can be found at

For more information, follow Renesas Electronics America at @RenesasAmerica on
Twitter and

About Express Logic

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Express Logic offers the most advanced
run-time solutions for deeply embedded applications, including the popular
ThreadX® RTOS, the high-performance NetX™ TCP/IP stack, the FileX® embedded
FAT-compatible file system, the USBX™ Host/Device USB protocol stack, and the
GUIX™ graphical user interface development toolkit. Most products from Express
Logic include full source code and all have no run-time royalties.

For more information about Express Logic solutions, please visit the Web site
at, call 1-858-613-6640, or e-mail inquiries to


All other product and service names that appear in this newsflash are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

*Terms and conditions apply. See for more details and RZ
Express program qualification criteria.


Renesas Electronics America Contacts:
Voce Communications, a Porter Novelli Company
Jessica Kerr, 415-975-2213
Renesas Electronics America
Nancy Sheffield, 408-588-6335
Mobile: 408-823-8653
Senior Marcom Manager
Express Logic Contacts:
Hughes Communications, Inc.
Media Relations
Janice Hughes, 705-549-8952
Mobile: 705-774-8686
Express Logic, Inc.
John Carbone, 858-613-6640, Ext. 202
Vice President of Marketing
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