Renesas Electronics Corporation has leveraged its RZ/A1 microprocessor to develop an ARM Cortex-A9 processor-based mbed microprocessor board that will enable quicker development of high-performance, high-functionality embedded systems for designers of interconnected devices.
The ARM mbed IoT Device Platform offers a new software platform and free operating system to simplify and speed up the creation and deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) products. It offers development tools for professional and amateur developers, including command-line tools and a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE), focusing on connectivity, energy-efficiency, security and productivity.
Utilizing an apps processor, the ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, inside the RZ/A1 allows developers to reuse software developed for the Cortex-M family, while at the same time gaining enhanced performance and features. The RZ/A1 microprocessor also supports the CMSIS (Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard), allowing developers to port multi-threaded Cortex-M family software to the Cortex-A9 core without major modifications.
The RZ/A1 Group of microprocessors is built around an ARM Cortex-A9 CPU that clocks at 400 MHz and 1000 DMIPS3 and features the world's largest4 on-chip RAM capacity of up to 10 MB. The RZ/A1 microprocessor delivers approximately four times the DMIPS performance and 40 times the RAM capacity of other ARM mbed products. By making use of features like the camera input, graphics accelerator, and audio processing functions of the RZ/A1 microprocessor, engineers can implement highly expressive and easy-to-use solutions on the RZ/A1 platform quickly and efficiently.
The ARM mbed IoT Device Platform is designed to simplify the deployment of IoT products by delivering a free operating system and licensable software platform providing server-side technologies. It has been built around open standards and will bring Internet protocols, security and standards-based manageability into one integrated solution, optimized for energy and cost-constrained devices. It is supported by the established and expanding mbed hardware and software ecosystem that will provide common building blocks for IoT devices and services. The platform will accelerate the growth of the IoT by enabling innovators to focus on value-add features and differentiation.
Renesas RZ/A1 boards with mbed support are currently being developed by Renesas and its partners, and will be available from December 2014.