Renesas Electronics announced the expansion of its Renesas Synergy™ Platform designed to accelerate time to market, reduce total cost of ownership and remove many of the obstacles engineers face when designing devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). Expansion includes launch of the new S124 Group of Synergy Microcontrollers (MCUs) with ultra-low power operating characteristics and precise analog signal acquisition/generation capabilities ideal for sensor applications. In support of these new MCUs is an updated version of the Synergy Software Package (SSP) and the e² studio Integrated Solution Development Environment (ISDE) tool.
The SSP and e² studio tool also incorporate further enhancements that address the entire Synergy Platform adding new capabilities for networking, industrial automation, power management and automated configuration to save even more precious time for embedded system developers. Synergy MCUs in the S124 Group are based on Renesas' proprietary ultra-low power technology consuming just 70.3 µA per MHz of MCU clock speed for extremely long battery life in low power and battery-powered portable applications. These MCUs carry advanced analog signal capabilities with 14-bit Analog-to-Digital Converters, 12-bit Digital-to-Analog Converters, and low power comparators.
User interface applications are supported with more than 30 channels of capacitive touch sensing inputs. Broad connectivity is expanded by USB-FS and CAN interfaces, plus safety and security are assisted with on-chip support for SRAM parity checking, a NIST-compliant True Random Number Generator (TRNG), and AES-256 cryptography with chaining. MCU packages are as small as 4 mm x 4 mm for space-constrained end-products. Typical applications include smart edge-node IoT sensors, home appliance control, and point-of-sale terminals.