RZ/NI kit to accelerate industrial Ethernet development

Renesas Electronics has announced the availability of the RZ/N1 microprocessor (MPU) solution kit designed to support various industrial network applications including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), intelligent network switches, gateways, operator terminals and remote I/O solutions.

The RZ/N1 kit is a development package that 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. According to Renesas, its use can accelerate development and save up to six months of industrial network protocol integration into customers’ applications.

The RZ/N1 kit includes a CPU development board based on the RZ/N1S MPU. There is also a software package included, with all the drivers and middleware, sample protocol stacks, U-Boot and Linux-based board support package, inter-processor communication software, and a user-friendly PinMuxing tool that can generate C-code header files that removes the complexity of pin configuration. According to Renesas, the various software and sample code provide customers with a complete set of tools and frameworks to build an application without any additional up-front costs or complexity.

Developers can now evaluate using the OS ThreadX for the applications sub-system, in addition to Linux that is already supported by the RZ/N1. This enables system developers to choose an OS depending on the specific application requirements. Both OS options support the leading industrial Ethernet protocols that have been implemented on RZ/N1.

The kit allows evaluation of CODESYS hardware independent IEC 61131-3 development system for programming and creating PLC applications. It supports industrial Ethernet master stacks for EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Sercos, CANOpen and ProfiNet. The embedded LCD controller in the RZ/N1D makes use of the CODESYS target visualisation tool, enabling product development with graphical visualisation screens. CODESYS support enables the device to be either a protocol slave device or master, highlighting the flexibility of the RZ/N1 MPUs, points out Renesas.

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 the first half of 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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