Third-party Tools and Embedded Wi-Fi Solution Added to MicrocontrollerRenesas Electronics America Inc. announced today for its RL78 microcontroller family new compiler support from IAR Systems, real-time operating systems (RTOS) from Micrium and CMX Systems, and Wi-Fi® (802.11n) support from Redpine Signals, Inc.

"To support the market's needs for industry-standard development tools and middleware solutions, Renesas Electronics America has teamed up with select technology partners," said Ritesh Tyagi, director of microcontroller product marketing, Consumer & Industrial Business Unit, Renesas Electronics America. "The RL78 family's outstanding low-power characteristics and extensive line-up combined with a well-established ecosystem offer designers world-class solutions for 8- and 16-bit embedded systems."

IAR Systems' Embedded Workbench® provides a highly optimized C and C++ compiler for the RL78 MCU family and supports the E1 on-chip debugger and IECube in-circuit emulator tools, both from Renesas Electronics. Additionally, the Embedded Workbench comes bundled with C-SPY® real-time debugger, and the instruction simulator.

"We’re pleased in our partnership with Renesas Electronics by adding development tools support to the new RL78 series of MCU devices. Our industry-standard IAR Embedded Workbench will bring a complete ecosystem development environment for the RL78 MCUs, and we are able to provide Renesas Electronics customers with high-quality service and technical support," said Nadim Shehayed, U.S. general manager, IAR Systems.

"Embedded designers can gain a competitive edge by using Micrium's feature rich, reliable, efficient, compact and scalable µC/OS-II and µC/OS-III kernels which have been ported to the RL78 family of processors", said Jean Labrosse, founder, president and CEO of Micrium. "Battery-operated, power-sensitive and environmentally conscious applications can further benefit from Micrium's µC/OS-II's and µC/OS-III's ability to easily enter the RL78 MCUs' SNOOZE and HALT modes when idling."

CMX Systems, a well-known supplier of real-time operating systems, has ported its CMX-RTX operating system to Renesas Electronics' RL78 MCU family. "We are pleased to provide Renesas Electronics RL78 MCU customers access to our small-footprint, low-latency RTOS," said Chuck Behrmann, CEO of CMX Systems. "The CMX-RTX is a truly preemptive, multi-tasking RTOS offering one of the smallest footprints, fastest context switching times, and lowest interrupt latency times available."

Renesas Electronics America and Redpine Signals have jointly developed 802.11a/b/g/n wireless-connectivity solutions to add low-power, single-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi capability to embedded systems that use Renesas Electronics' RL78 MCUs. "Redpine is pleased to extend its close collaboration with Renesas Electronics into offerings for the new RL78 MCU family", said Venkat Mattela, CEO of Redpine Signals.