Industrial Ethernet connectivity evaluation kit spans multiple standards

November 11, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Continuing its series of releases of development kits with pre-packaged solutions, Renesas Electronics has announced the "Connect it! - Ethernet R-IN Solution Kit". The new kit is an evaluation tool for industrial Ethernet networking.

The kit includes all the hardware and software components system manufacturers need to set up industrial Ethernet slave networks and serves as a starting point for their own developments; it assists with integration and helps system manufacturers get their products on to Europe's industrial Ethernet market faster. It is based on IAR's KickStart Kit for Renesas' R-IN32M3-EC industrial Ethernet communication chip.

The Solution Kit includes:

o IAR EWARM Evaluation CD

o I-jet Lite debugger

o Free Real-Time Operating System

o Free TCP/IP stack

o BSP (board support package) and sample projects

o Documentation and tutorial video

o Access to evaluation versions of major industrial Ethernet stacks from the Renesas partner network

Renesas' R-IN32M3 series improves industrial Ethernet network performance with optimised hardware accelerators, while reducing costs by supporting multiple protocols such as EtherCAT, CC-Link IE, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, CANopen and others from a single device. It can be used for real-time network communication in gateways, I/O controllers, PLCs/PACs, embedded controllers, industrial drives and multiple other networked applications. Its design flexibility allows system manufacturers to use one system design for several other networks and applications.

The “turbo real-time” technology embedded in the R-IN32M3 series ensures real-time performance up to the application level, with good performance per Watt. With pre-integration of major industrial Ethernet stacks by members of the Renesas partner network, system integrators will be able to get started with their industrial Ethernet designs instantly.

Renesas Electronics Europe; www.renesas.eu