Ready-to-connect industrial-Ethernet package for Renesas MCUs

June 19, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Renesas Electronics has expanded its R-IN32M3 series platform solution for industrial Ethernet protocols with an IAR Systems development kit and multiple Industrial Ethernet protocol stacks support.

IAR Systems eases device evaluation with the release of its KickStart Kit for R-IN32M3 SoCs – a low-cost hardware starter kit that includes an R-IN board, an I-jet Lite debug probe and evaluation versions of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM, as well as protocol stacks hosted on Renesas' website. The solution enables simplified development and contributes to reduced development time for industrial networking applications.

The number and complexity of industrial protocols such as CC-Link IE, EtherCAT, PROFINET and others, as well as a variety of applications, has led to long and complex development cycles.

Renesas’ R-IN32M3 series of devices 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 countless other networked applications. Its design flexibility allows one system design to serve a diversity of networks and applications.

To further ease the development, a new platform for this R-IN32M3 is now available in collaboration with IAR Systems, a leader in embedded software tools. This new platform consists of the new IAR KickStart Kit for R-IN32M3, which contains the necessary hardware and tools to quickly evaluate the features of the R-IN32M3 and leverage the hardware RTOS feature, and the support of leading Industrial Ethernet protocol stacks. The platform solution is complemented by a broad set of industrial Ethernet protocol samples available on the Renesas website. This allows customers to easily set up the environment for protocols, such as EtherCAT® EtherNet/IP®or PROFINET® on the R-IN32M3.

Renesas’ R-IN32M3 platform solution serves as a key enabler to fulfill the Internet-of-Things (IoT) requirements in an industrial environment, with tools from IAR Systems together with the ecosystem provided by Renesas’ partners.

Features of Renesas’ R-IN32M3 Platform include;

ARM Cortex M3-based CPU subsystem clocked at 100 MHz clock speed