Renesas and Micrium Add IPv6 to “The Power of Two” Program for the Internet of Things Design

  Renesas and Micrium Add IPv6 to “The Power of Two” Program for the Internet
  of Things Design

 Additional New Hardware and Software Features Speed Development of Embedded
                           System Designs by Months

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- June 16, 2014

Renesas Electronics America, a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor
solutions, and Micrium, the premier real time operating system (RTOS) provider
for embedded systems, today announced the addition of the Internet Protocol
version 6 (IPv6) to the companies’ successful “The Power of Two” hardware and
software support program. The Micrium TCP/IP IPv6, and Renesas flagship RX and
RL78 microcontrollers (MCUs) now can support the Internet of Things (IoT)
applications. The companies also announced additional software and hardware
features to “The Power of Two” program that dramatically reduce development
time and accelerate time to market by at least three months.

“IPv6 is the backbone of IoT design,” says Ritesh Tyagi, vice president of
marketing for Renesas America. “You cannot build an IoT application without
this capability, so we are extremely pleased to offer it to 'The Power of Two'
members to maximize their RX and RL78 MCU performance for machine-to-machine
and cloud communication.”

The IPv6 functionality enables embedded systems to have a global IP address,
making it possible for them to be globally reachable without having to work
around Network Address Translation (NAT) routers. Micrium’s TCP/IP with IPv6
was designed and developed using the company’s quality coding standards,
naming convention and on-line documentation. All the existing Micrium
application layer modules are compatible with IPv4 and IPv6 (HTTP server, DNS
Client, DHCP Client, FTP Client and Server, Telnet, SMTP Client).

Additional enhancements to “The Power of Two” include software updates,
product releases, the latest system development tools, as well as, free of
charge, Renesas Demonstration Kits (RDKs) which now include Renesas RX63N
MCUs. For example, a significant addition is the new Renesas Firmware
Integration Technology (FIT). Because Micrium software includes kernel and
middleware stacks, but no low-level drivers, standalone drivers may be
difficult to integrate into complicated embedded applications.Renesas created
FIT coding standards to solve this issue. The FIT modules are written to
enable them to work with each other and in an RTOS environment.

Also, “The Power of Two” now taps into Micrium’s new Evergreen™ program,
designed to simplify projects and reduce development time by continually
re-integrating and validating example projects for the Renesas MCUs. Over
thirty Renesas RL78 and RX MCU-based example projects, including projects such
as the Micrium “Demo of Everything” using the Renesas RX63N MCU, are supported
by the Evergreen program; they are integrated, certified and tested to the
latest standards for the MCU, tool chain and Micrium components. System
engineers applying Micrium Evergreen example projects on Renesas development
boards are assured the projects will function to specifications. This avoids
costly debugging delays caused by using outdated example projects. Finally,
Micrium adds its µC/USB-Device stack with audio class for systems that
manipulate music, voice and other sound types used in consumer audio products
such as headsets, speakers and microphones.

“'The Power of Two' program continues to demonstrate how the close and ongoing
relationship between Micrium and Renesas allows us to capitalize on the
strengths of each company to provide best-in-class hardware and software
solutions,” says Jean Labrosse president and CEO of Micrium. “The addition of
IPv6, FIT and Evergreen are great examples of the successful collaboration
shared by both companies that improves productivity and helps engineers
leverage proven software building blocks to quickly realize their design
visions today and tomorrow.”


“The Power of Two” program bundles Renesas’ high-quality MCUs with a real-time
operating system (RTOS) and middleware components from Micrium, as well as
best-in-class development tools from IAR Systems. The program provides more
portable, scalable and affordable MCU designs for connected and emerging
applications within the Smart Society. Customers who need flexibility,
reliability and ease of use to accommodate constantly changing design needs
are benefiting greatly from “The Power of Two.”

“The Power of Two” offers embedded developers working with any Renesas RX or
RL78devices free production licenses of Micrium’s RTOS µC/OS-II or µC/OS-III®
and middleware(connectivity stacks, storage software and graphics), along
with one year of maintenance and support. Developers who qualify for the
program also get a free license of IAR Embedded Workbench for RX or RL78,
including one year of technical support and software upgrades as well as up to
two hours of web-based training provided by IAR Academy.

The“Power of Two”program is valid in the Americas only (North America, South
America and Central America). The customer project must use a
RenesasRXorRL78MCU product and it must be used in a commercial
application. Qualified customers can request any number of single-product
licenses by registering each project individually with Renesas.

For more information or to apply for the promotion,

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

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Evergreen is a trademark and µC/OS-III® is a registered trademark of Micrium.


Renesas Electronics America Contacts:
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Jessica Kerr, 415-975-2213
Nancy Sheffield, 408-588-6335
Senior Marcom Manager
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