Renesas supports embedded industrial Linux developers with RZ/G Linux platform

Renesas Electronics announces the Renesas RZ/G Linux platform featuring the industrial-grade Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) Super Long-Term Support (SLTS) Linux kernel. According to Renesas, the platform enables Linux-based embedded systems to be maintained for more than 10 years.

The Renesas RZ/G Linux Platform provides a verified Linux package with cloud-maintenance and development options that makes it easy for embedded developers to leverage Linux for high-performance industrial equipment. In addition to support for the Linux kernel, which can reduce maintenance costs, the RZ/G Linux Platform significantly reduces development time and Linux set-up costs for industrial equipment, claims Renesas.

Maintaining Linux in industrial and social infrastructure applications typically requires support for more than 10 years, whereas the maximum Long-Term Support (LTS) Linux maintenance period only runs for approximately two years. In addition, industrial-grade software requires high reliability, safety and security, and real-time or near real-time performance. To address these challenges, Renesas introduced the CIP SLTS kernel into its verified RZ/G Linux package, extending its leadership with Industrial-grade Linux. Key features include a verified Linux package that supports the CIP SLTS kernel.
The RZ/G Linux Platform provides a validated Linux package, which allows users to immediately begin development in a stable operating environment. The package incorporates several software components, including the CIP Linux kernel, a board support package (BSP), multimedia functionality (H.264 codec, 3D graphics), GUI framework (Qt, HTML 5), and security. Renesas manages maintenance and version management of the Linux distribution. Board support package support is available for the RZ/G1M MPU. Renesas plans to introduce support for additional members of the RZ/G1 MPU Series.

The RZ/G Linux Platform is designed for new users who are migrating from an RTOS or bare-metal environment, as well as for seasoned embedded Linux users. It provides a cloud development environment within Renesas’ e² studio integrated software development tool. Embedded programmers now have the option to write and compile their code on cloud servers, where the Linux distribution and board support packages are actively maintained. The RZ/G Linux Platform also minimises development iterations to improve user productivity. The platform provides comprehensive code validation and analysis tools, which leverage a proprietary and extensive online database, to identify potential error sources and recommend specific corrective actions during debug.

Collaborating with technical partners, the Renesas Marketplace connects product developers and software partners with Renesas silicon and software infrastructure, providing access to software and hardware solutions verified for the Renesas RZ/G Linux Platform. Users can buy and download software, including security tools and embedded vision libraries


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