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Renesas release the RE Microcontroller Family based on SOTBTM process technology for Energy Harvesting applications, evaluation kit and samples available from Anglia

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Renesas a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, has introduced the RE Family, which encompasses the company’s current and future line-up of energy harvesting embedded controllers. The RE Family is based on Renesas’ proprietary (Silicon on Thin Buried Oxide) process technology, which dramatically reduces power consumption in both the active and standby states, eliminating the need for battery replacement or recharging.

Renesas’ energy harvesting devices feature the company’s unique and revolutionary SOTB process technology, which allows users to simultaneously achieve low active current and low standby current and high-speed operation at low voltage. The RE01’s 32-bit CPU core enables users to implement intelligent functions in equipment powered by low levels of harvested energy through ambient energy such as light, vibration, or fluid flow.

The RE01 Group of embedded controllers is based on the Arm Cortex®-M0+ core, which can operate at clock frequencies up to 64 MHz, and provide up to 1.5 MB of low-power flash memory and 256 KB of SRAM. The RE01 can operate at voltages as low as 1.62 V and the line-up includes three package versions: a 156-pin WLBGA package, a 144-pin LQFP package, and a 100-pin LQFP package. The RE01 also includes an energy harvesting control circuit, an ultra-low power 14-bit A/D converter, and a low power circuit that can rotate, enlarge, or invert graphics data.

These embedded controllers make it possible for applications to perform highly accurate sensing and data judgement by excluding noise from signal data when they are used as biological monitors or outdoor environmental sensing applications. By eliminating the need for battery maintenance in a wide range of applications, these embedded controllers will contribute to the increasingly widespread use of IoT equipment, such as wearable equipment without the inconvenience of recharging batteries, and sensing applications for homes, buildings, factories and farms, where manual changing or recharging of batteries is difficult.

Following the mass production of the RE01 Group, the first of the RE Family, the new RE01 Group Evaluation Kit has been launched which allows users working with the RE01 Group of devices to jump start system evaluations for energy harvesting applications.

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Key Features

RE01 Group embedded controller
  • Arm® Cortex®-M0+ core: Max. operating frequency 64 MHz (boost mode) with MPU and CoreSight debug port
  • Power-saving functions
  • 1.5-Mbyte on-chip code flash memory
  • 256-Kbyte on-chip SRAM with no access wait cycles
  • Four DMA controllers
  • Reset and supply management
  • Multiple clock sources: on-chip oscillators, watchdog timer and PLL frequency synthesizer
  • Energy harvesting control
  • Communication Interfaces: USB 2.0, 2 x Serial, Quad SPI, 2 x I2C, 5 x SCIg and 2 x SCIi
  • Multiple on-chip analog circuits: 14-bit A/D, 12-bit D/A, Comparator, Temp sensor, CC source, Reference voltage
  • Multiple on-chip timer circuits
  • Human machine interfaces: MIP LCD Controller, Parallel interface support, 2D graphics data conversion
  • Optional Security functions
  • Operating voltage: 1.62 V to 3.6 V
  • Operating temperature range: –40 to +85°C
RE01 Evaluation Kit
  • Complete energy harvesting system
    • Main board
    • PMOD-compatible low-power LCD (Memory-In-Pixel LCD) expansion board
    • Solar panel
    • USB Cable
  • Secondary battery connection interface
  • Arduino Uno Header and PMOD interface supported
  • Sample code downloadable from Renesas website
  • On-board debug functions supported
Data

The RE01 Evaluation Kit includes an evaluation board which features an RE01 embedded controller, an interface for the energy harvesting device and a rechargeable battery interface. The Kit also includes an Arduino-compatible interface for easy expansion and evaluation of sensor boards and a Pmod connector to expand and evaluate wireless functionality. In addition, there is an ultra-low power Memory in Pixel (MIP) LCD expansion board so that users can evaluate display functions faster and a Solar panel.

The Kit also contains sample code and application notes that serve as references for power management design that eliminates the need for battery maintenance, and driver software that supports CMSIS, Arm®’s Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard. Sample code for ultra-low power A/D converters, digital filter and FFT (fast Fourier transform) routines, 2D graphics MIP LCD displays, and secure boot and secure firmware update functions for improved security are available. IAR Embedded Workbench® for Arm which can use the high efficiency IAR C/C++ compiler, and e2 studio (Eclipse-based integrated developmental environment) which can use the free GNU compiler are available as the developmental environment.

With these features, this kit makes it possible to adopt energy harvesting based on RE01 Group devices at the system level and will accelerate the development of equipment that does not require battery maintenance.

Energy harvesting systems are an essential step toward the goal of a smart and environmentally conscious society. With SOTB technology as the core, Renesas will continue to develop innovative technologies and solutions that enable the growth of these systems.

Anglia are offering customers a FREE Evaluation kit and samples of the RE01 Group of embedded controllers from Renesas, please fill in the form below to register your interest now.

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