Wi-Fi connectivity kit supports IoT endpoint connections to AWS

Featuring on-board wi-fi, environmental, light and inertial sensors, and support for Amazon FreeRTOS connected to Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Renesas RX65N Cloud Kit gives embedded designers a fast start and secure connection to AWS, says the company.

It uses Renesas’ e2 studio integrated development environment (IDE) to create IoT applications by configuring Amazon FreeRTOS.  The RX65N Cloud Kit includes the RX65N R5F565NEDDFP 32-bit, 120MHz microcontroller, a target board, with 2Mbyte code flash memory and 640kbyte SRAM, a Pmod module with Silex SX-ULPGN wi-fi communications, a cloud option board with two USB ports for serial communications and debugging, and three sensors for sampling and sending measurement data to the cloud. There is also a Renesas ISL29035 digital light sensor for ambient/infra red light measurement, a Bosch BMI160 MEMS sensor for three-axis acceleration and gyroscopic measurement, a Bosch BME680 MEMS sensor for gas, temperature, humidity, and pressure measurements and Renesas e2 studio IDE.

The RX65N Cloud Kit provides an evaluation and prototyping environment, enabling embedded designers to create secure end-to-end IoT cloud solutions for sensor-based endpoint equipment. Using Renesas’ browser-based software, users can visualise sensor data using a smart device cloud dashboard to monitor a wide range of applications including networked smart meters, building, office, and industrial automation systems, as well as home appliances.

It combines a qualified RX65N microcontroller with Amazon FreeRTOS connected to AWS with additional hardware, software and tools. Daryl Khoo, vice president of marketing, IoT Platform Business Division, Renesas Electronics said: “Customers can use the kit to build prototypes and then reuse the hardware and sample software as reference building blocks to accelerate their development schedules and add more value.”

The 32-bit RX65N microcontrollers offer dual bank flash for secure and easy program updating via the network, as well as remote over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates. The dual bank flash integrated on the RX65N enables both background operation and size, weight and power (SWaP) functions, making it easier for system and network control manufacturers to securely and reliably execute in-the-field firmware updates, explains Renesas. The microcontrollers also include Trusted Secure IP (TSIP) as part of the built-in hardware security engine. The TSIP driver uses strong encryption key management with hardware accelerators (AES, 3DES, SHA, RSA, and TRNG) as well as a protected boot code flash area to securely boot  IoT devices.

The RX65N Cloud Kit is available now.


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