Renesas Electronics Corporation announced that customers designing with all mainstream Renesas 32-bit MCU families now have access to Microsoft Azure Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) embedded development suite, including its powerful Azure IoT middleware for Secure Embedded IoT Development. The e2 studio integrated development environment provides Azure RTOS support for Renesas' RX Family. Azure RTOS is integrated in the Flexible Software Package (FSP) version 3.0 for the Renesas’ RA Family MCUs, and the Synergy Software Package (SSP) version 2.0 for Synergy MCUs.
Microsoft Azure RTOS includes Azure RTOS ThreadX which is an advanced real-time operating system designed specifically for deeply embedded applications and offers advanced features, including picokernel architecture, preemption-threshold, event chaining, and a rich set of system services. Real-time multithreading, inter-thread communication and synchronization, and memory management are some of the additional benefits provided by it.
Along with Azure RTOS ThreadX, designers of RA, RX, and Synergy applications will have access to the following:
- Azure RTOS FileX high-performance File Allocation Table (FAT)-compatible file system
- Azure RTOS GUIX embedded graphical user interface (GUI) application design environment
- Azure RTOS TraceX Windows-based analysis tool
- Azure RTOS NetX Duo industrial-grade dual IPv4 and IPv6 TCP/IP network stack
- Azure RTOS USBX high-performance USB host and embedded stack
Roger Wendelken, Senior Vice President of Renesas' IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit, said, “We have reached a critical milestone in our collaboration with Microsoft and are excited to be able to offer our customers access to this industry-leading RTOS platform across our 32-bit MCU lines. We’ve worked hard to ensure this integration enables a seamless developer experience with access to pre-integrated project templates and smart configurators. This integration leverages unique capabilities of our Secure Crypto Engine, enabling a highly robust security foundation.”
Sam George, Corporate Vice President, Azure IoT at Microsoft Corp stated, "Empowering developers is one of the most effective ways for organizations to unlock innovation and increase time to value. This is the ambition of the integration of Azure RTOS with Renesas’ FSP and SSP software packages—this step forward marries Renesas’ leading development experience with the secure, scalable, and open edge-to-cloud IoT capabilities of our Azure IoT platform. There’s never been a better time to build on Renesas’ 32-bit family of MCUs.”
Renesas will provide cloud development platforms later in 2021, giving developers a comprehensive framework for securely connecting to and leveraging Azure IoT's capability.