HMI development kit is based on Renesas RZ MCUs

November 05, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Continuing its programme of introductions of “out of the box” development kits for specific application areas, Renesas has issued the “Display it! – RZ HMI Solution Kit”.

The solution kit enables engineers to quickly evaluate and demonstrate leading HMI tools, accelerating their prototyping and decision-making processes. The kit is based on Renesas' RZ/A1 family of embedded microprocessor devices.

Renesas designed the RZ/A1 for HMI applications by including up to 10 MB of embedded RAM, reducing power consumption and eliminating the need for external RAM while driving screen performance. The RAM is separated into five blocks with a multilayer bus, ensuring that there are no data-access collisions when running code, reading picture data and writing picture data. The RZ/A1 allows these to run concurrently, enabling the application to operate at a lower frequency than with a one-bus solution. The device family includes all the standard connectivity expected on an HMI – CAN, USB and Ethernet – and can control screen sizes up to WXGA.

The kit also includes demo versions of commercial HMI software, such as MicroEJ from IS2t, GUIliani from TES, emWIN from Segger, and GUIX from Express Logic as well as sample software from Renesas. This allows engineering teams to quickly make decisions on what software is most appropriate for their application, speeding the time to market. The solution kit also includes the RZ development board, a WVGA screen, compiler, debugger and IDE – everything engineers need to start their HMI development once they have selected the HMI software they require.

Renesas; www.renesas.eu/rzhmi