Renesas Extends Support for Microsoft Azure RTOS

Article By : Renesas Electronics Corp.

Customers designing with Renesas' 32-bit MCU families now have access to Microsoft Azure Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) embedded development suite.

Customers designing with all mainstream 32-bit MCU families from Renesas Electronics Corp. now have access to Microsoft Azure Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) embedded development suite, including its powerful Azure IoT middleware. Azure RTOS is integrated and available out-of-box in the recently released Flexible Software Package (FSP) version 3.0 for Renesas’ RA Family MCUs, and the Synergy Software Package (SSP) version 2.0 for Synergy MCUs. Azure RTOS support for Renesas’ RX Family is provided through the e2 studio integrated development environment.

Microsoft Azure RTOS  includes Azure RTOS ThreadX, an advanced real-time operating system designed specifically for deeply embedded applications. Among the multiple benefits it provides are real-time multithreading, inter-thread communication and synchronization, and memory management. Azure RTOS ThreadX offers advanced features, including picokernel architecture, preemption-threshold, event chaining, and a rich set of system services.

“We have reached a critical milestone in our collaboration with Microsoft and are excited to be able to offer our customers access to this industry-leading RTOS platform across our 32-bit MCU lines,” said Roger Wendelken, Senior Vice President in Renesas’ IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit. “We’ve worked hard to ensure this integration enables a seamless developer experience with access to pre-integrated project templates and smart configurators. This integration leverages unique capabilities of our Secure Crypto Engine, enabling a highly robust security foundation.”

“Empowering developers is one of the most effective ways for organizations to unlock innovation and increase time to value” said Sam George, Corporate Vice President, Azure IoT at Microsoft Corp. “This is the ambition of the integration of Azure RTOS with Renesas’ FSP and SSP software packages—this step forward marries Renesas’ leading development experience with the secure, scalable, and open edge-to-cloud IoT capabilities of our Azure IoT platform. There’s never been a better time to build on Renesas’ 32-bit family of MCUs.”

Later in 2021, Renesas will release cloud development platforms providing developers with a comprehensive framework to securely connect to and leverage the power of Azure IoT. These cloud platforms with feature a host of different connectivity options out-of-box, including Bluetooth, Cellular, Ultra-wideband, and Wi-Fi 6/6e.

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