Renesas has launched a new microprocessor development kit to support various industrial network applications including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), intelligent network switches, gateways, operator terminals and remote I/O solutions.
The new RZ/N1 Solution Kit includes the hardware and software to enable faster prototyping of leading industrial Ethernet protocols such as EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, ETHERNET Powerlink, PROFINET, Sercos, and CANopen, thereby accelerating development and saving up to six months of industrial network protocol integration into customers’ applications.
The new kit includes a CPU development board based on the firm’s RZ/N1S MPU. In addition, a comprehensive software package is included with all the drivers and middleware, sample protocol stacks, U-Boot and Linux-based BSP, a unique inter-processor communication software, and even a user-friendly PinMuxing tool that can generate C-code header files that removes the complexity of pin configuration.
“The various software and sample code provides customers with a complete set of tools and frameworks to build their own application without any additional up-front costs or complexity”, Renesas said.
In addition, the kit offers developers to choose an operating system (OS) depending on their specific application requirements. They can now evaluate using the OS ThreadX for the applications subsystem, in addition to Linux that is already supported by the RZ/N1.
The solution also enables PLC programming with CODESYS, a hardware independent IEC 61131-3 development system for programming and creating programmable logic controller (PLC) applications. Among others it supports Industrial Ethernet master stacks for EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Sercos, CANOpen and PROFINET.
Furthermore, the embedded LCD controller featured in the RZ/N1D makes great use of the CODESYS target visualization tool, enabling product development with graphical visualization screens.
The enhanced RZ/N1 Solution Kit for the RZ/N1D and RZ/N1S Groups of MPUs are available now through Renesas Electronics and representative distributor partners.
The solution kit for the RZ/N1L is scheduled to be available in 1H 2018. The kit includes a variety of sample applications, development tools, drivers as well as evaluation versions of the protocol stacks for faster prototyping and integration.
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