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Company Adds Embedded Wi-Fi and Third-Party Tools Support

Tue, 10/12/2010 - 6:28am
Renesas Electronics America Inc. announced the expansion of its RX600 microcontroller (MCU) ecosystem. The new products include a Wi-Fi® (802.11n) kit jointly developed with Redpine Signals, Inc., compiler support from IAR Systems, as well as various RTOS and middleware support from Micrium, SEGGER, CMX and FreeRTOS.

"The RX600 series is an extremely versatile MCU line, and we are committed to delivering a broad range of solutions to support RX designers," said Ritesh Tyagi, director, Microcontrollers Product Marketing, Renesas Electronics America. "Renesas Electronics America is working with select technology partners to enhance the RX MCU ecosystem, providing design engineers with greater flexibility for designing their solutions using RX MCUs."

Renesas Electronics America and Redpine Signals have jointly developed 802.11a/b/g/n wireless-connectivity solutions that make it easy for system engineers to add low-power, single-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi capability to embedded systems that use Renesas Electronics' RX600 MCUs. These solutions are based on the Connect-io-n™ modules from Redpine Signals®, which make it easy to design new systems and upgrade existing products to provide reliable wireless data communications while meeting stringent power and high throughput requirements.

The Connect-io-n 802.11n modules are fully self-contained, and Renesas Electronics customers can readily integrate them into any existing Renesas Electronics MCU-based system, including designs built with devices in the R8C, RX600 and SuperH (SH) families. The Redpine module products offer SPI and UART interfaces and provide robust and ultra-low-power wireless connectivity over 10 megabits per second (Mbps) on the SPI interface, or up to 4Mbps on the UART interface.

Available with an option for TCP/IP and Web applications embedded within the Wi-Fi module, the Connect-io-n modules enable extremely small MCU driver footprints: less than 9 kilobytes (KB) for the SPI interface and less than 2KB for the UART interface.

With modular certification for FCC and other equivalent certifications in other regions, these modules enable easy enhancement of existing RX-based designs with future-proof Wi-Fi 802.11n functionality.

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