SAN JOSE, USA: Renesas Technology America Inc. announced the availability of Renesas Starter Kits (RSKs) and an enhanced third-party vendor ecosystem for its 32-bit SH7216 and SH7264 superscalar microcontrollers (MCUs).
Several lead customers are already using the SH7216 and SH7264. Now, with the availability of these RSKs and a rich variety of third-party support products, these MCUs are being offered to all customers.
The SH7216 and SH7264 MCUs share the same SH2A-FPU CPU core, peripherals, development tools and third-party infrastructure. These MCUs are optimized for high-performance real-time systems that require high-throughput connectivity, advanced GUI and digital audio capabilities.
The comprehensive RSKs supporting the devices have features that facilitate the development of prototype and proof-of-concept designs for a variety of system configurations. The RSKs include a system board, power supply, integrated development environment, full-featured evaluation compiler, and hardware debugger. The RSKs also include many example applications to shorten the system development cycle.
Renesas has assembled a large and growing list of professional software companies to create the ecosystem for the SH7216 and SH7264 MCUs. These firms provide operating systems, file systems, connectivity protocols (Ethernet, TCP/IP, USB, etc.), media player modules, GUI libraries and development suites.
Customers benefit from buying such software products because they get proven, verified designs; ongoing maintenance/upgrade programs; indemnification (which is especially valuable for safety and medical applications); local service & support; and the flexibility of choosing between alternative design approaches.
To encourage system designers to try the SH7216 and SH7264, Renesas and its distributors are now running a special, limited-time low-price offer for the microcontrollers’ RSKs: 50 percent off to qualified customers. This offer lowers the prices to only $381 for the RSK7216 and $625 for the RSK7264.