Renesas, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, has released the RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping Board – a low-cost, function-rich board to enable rapid product development for IoT endpoint equipment. Quicker development prototyping and lower costs give users the agility to respond to rapid changes in technology and market needs, and reduces the time to market window for new products.
The new prototyping board is based on the RL78/G14 microcontroller (MCU), which provides the richest set of functions in the low-power RL78 Family, making it well suited for motor control in portable equipment and IoT sensors, as well as a wide range of IoT endpoint equipment, such as home appliances, industrial equipment, building automation, and health care equipment. The RL78/G14 is the most powerful MCU in the RL78 Family, achieving a numerical processing performance of 51.2 DMIPS at 32 MHz. It includes up to 512 KB of flash memory and up to 48 KB of RAM, and provides functions such as timers and 8-bit D/A converters. In particular, it achieves the industry's lowest levels of current drain, 66 µA/MHZ, when the CPU is operating and 240 nA in standby mode (STOP). This MCU is optimized for battery powered portable equipment and IoT sensor terminals, as well as a wide range of IoT endpoint equipment.
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Previously, the RL78/G14 starter kit and target boards required an external emulator with the associated additional costs for high performance versions. The new RL78/G14 (RTK5RLG140C00000BJ) prototyping board is easily affordable and has an on-board emulator circuit with the same functions as the E2 Emulator (E2 Lite), removing the need to purchase additional debugging tools. The new board provides access to all of the RL78/G14 signal pins and includes Arduino and Pmod™ interfaces to allow easy functional expansion. Additionally, by combining a LoRa® transceiver with this prototyping board, prototyping for IoT sensor devices using wireless communication based on LoRa® with extended period battery drive becomes possible. Furthermore, Renesas provides not only the fast prototyping boards, but also circuit diagrams, parts lists, and user manuals necessary to jump-start development, in addition to sample code and application notes related to these products.
RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping Board
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Click here to download the RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping Board User Guide.
Renesas have also introduced the RL78/G1D Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Module Expansion Board, which users can combine with the new fast prototyping board to add Bluetooth® Low Energy wireless communication functions with ease. The RL78/G1D BLE Module Expansion Board (RTKYRLG1D0B00000BJ) is an evaluation board with Pmod™ interface which incorporates the RL78/G1D module (RY7011A0000DZ00) for Bluetooth® Low Energy. It connects to the RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping Board allowing designers to evaluate Bluetooth® Low Energy functions. Used together with sensor devices it provides a platform for designers to easily evaluate and develop IoT applications.
RL78/G1D BLE Module Expansion Board
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