Addressing the needs of engineers and managers using microcomputers to develop embedded systems, the Renesas Developers’ Conference (held from October 13 to 15 in San Diego) presented tutorials, technology updates, hands-on technical labs, panel discussions, and ‘meet the experts’ sessions. The event also presented specially prepared updates on design techniques, advanced semiconductor products, application trends, development tools, support products, and roadmaps to the future, among its many attractions. Look for reviews and articles on the technologies and products presented here in upcoming issues of the magazine. Here are some of the photos we took at the show.
For a first-time event, the Renesas Developers' Conference was well-attended, with many exhibitors from Renesas partner companies showing solutions they created using Renesas MCUs. The floor was well-populated with engineering visitors from across the US as well as abroad, and despite the economic cloud looming over the market, the mood was upbeat and confident.
The theme of the conference was "breaking the myth", and 80 scheduled technical sessions on topics from motor control to embedded development provided the approximately 300 engineers attending information on topics including robust CAN connectivity for networking, direct-drive for TFT LCD panels, motor control for home appliances, and FlexRay technology for automobiles. The lectures and hands-on laboratories were led by embedded systems experts from Renesas and technology partners from the large community of third-party suppliers that supports Renesas MCUs and MPUs.
Controller Area Network (CAN) technology offers good cost-performance and very favorable EMI/EMS characteristics. It ensures highly reliable communication between nodes and provides easy network scalability. This demo shows how CAN links for high-integrity networking in real-time control applications can be implemented using the Renesas M16C Platform. The Industrial CAN page on the Renesas Website can be found HERE, and for more info on the M16C platform, click HERE.
The SH7262 and SH7264 belong to the SH7260 Series of microcontrollers, and the maximum operating frequency of 144 MHz enables faster operation in applications such as equipment control or digital audio signal processing. A 1-Mbyte on-chip video SRAM can be configured as a frame buffer to store video data temporarily, which is necessary when implementing graphical display capabilities. The SRAM capacity enables use of a TFT LCD panel display up to WQVGA size (480 x 240 pixels) without the need for external SDRAM as video memory. The SH7262 and SH7264 provide a new video display controller and digital video input pins for use with graphical and video display applications.Digital RGB output pins allow output of images or video in RGB565 format at up to WQVGA size (480 x 240 pixels). For more information on the devices, click HERE.
The R32C/111 Group is based on the R32C/100 CPU Core and has 64 MB of address space. Maximum operating frequency is 50 MHz when using PLL synthesizer. A Flash memory version is available. Internal Flash memory is programmable on a single power source. This demo shows the difference in video performance with and without the use of an FPU, demonstrating the poor perfomance of a system without one. For more information on the R32C/111 Group, click HERE.
One of the big announcements at the event is the full availability of the Renesas SubAtomic Particle Board, an interactive development tool that comes packaged with everything an engineer needs, from software to hardware. Here is Jeff Waldman, the kit's project manager, holding up a copy. A major feature of the kit are its interactive tutorials that quickly and easily guide users through necessary setup procedures and learning scenarios. The third-party support tools supported by the demonstration platforms include products from IAR Systems, Segger, and KPIT Cummins Infosystems.
For more information on the SubAtomic Particle Board, click HERE.
Standard on-chip peripherals of the R8C family of MCUs include 8-bit multifunction timers, 16-bit Timers, UART/clock synchronous serial interface, voltage detection circuit, power-on reset circuit, high/low-speed on-chip Oscillator, and a watchdog timer, among others. Here's a digital addressable lighting interface using R8C MCUs. for more information on the R8C family, click HERE.
The M16C/65 is based on the M16C/60 CPU Core and has 1MB of address space. Maximum operating frequency is 32MHz when using PLL Frequency Synthesizer. Flash Memory Version is available. Internal Flash Memory is programmable on a single power source. This demo mainly demonstrated the space and layout benefits provided by the smaller package. For more info on the M16C/65, click HERE.
This demo is about using Excel to configure PMC and ELC peripherals and observe the CPU usage in real time. Precise and cost-effective motor control is becoming more and more important, and using non-traditional tools can provide "out of the box" flexibility ahnd system set-up.
This is a picture of the "Meet the Experts" panel on Motor Control, one of the many opportunities event attendees had to meet with the support personnel and product managers.