Renesas Electronics has expanded its Synergy microcontroller platform with the addition of S128, S3A3 and S3A6 Groups of Synergy MCUs. There are now seven MCU Groups with 57 devices based on ARM Cortex-M CPU cores covering operating frequencies from 32MHz up to 240MHz and on-chip flash memory sizes of 64kB, 128kB, 256kB, 512kB, 1MB, 2MB and 4MB.

The 20 new Synergy MCU devices in the S128, S3A6 and S3A3 Groups are sampling now to lead customers and will be available to the general market in June 2017. The Synergy Platform includes the Synergy Software Package (SSP) with high levels of software quality assurance, partner solutions with more Verified Software Add-Ons (VSAs), software development tools with the inclusion of the IAR Embedded Workbench for Renesas Synergy, hardware with new Synergy Kits and more MCU devices that are fully accessible through the Application Programming Interface (API) of the SSP, according to the company. The goal, according to Renesas, is for system developers to innovate more embedded control and Internet of Things (IoT) applications with fewer obstacles to prevent them from starting new designs.

System developers with leaner requirements can select devices from the S3A3 and S3A6 Groups to scale their applications down to 512kB and 256kB flash memory as needed, compared to the existing 1MB flash MCUs in the S3A7 Group. The S128 Group extends selections for ultra-low power applications that require larger memory up to 256kB, or require additional analogue signal conditioning, compared to the existing S124 Group MCUs.