Renesas has announced the expansion of its RA4 Series microcontrollers (MCUs) with the addition of the RA4M2 Group MCUs. These new microcontrollers deliver an exceptional combination of very low power consumption, high performance, and enhanced security features that positions them as ideal solutions for industrial and IoT applications.
The highly power-efficient RA4M2 Group offer a market-leading operating current of only 80 µA/MHz in active mode, and low standby current of 0.7 mA. Even with these leading specifications, the new devices have an extremely fast wakeup time from standby of 30 µs. With operating frequencies up to 100 MHz, the RA4M2 MCUs are ideal for performance hungry, low power applications such as industrial and IoT edge devices.
The RA4M2 MCUs employ the Arm® Cortex®-M33 core based on Armv8-M architecture. They feature Arm TrustZone® technology and Renesas’ Secure Crypto Engine. The Secure Crypto Engine incorporates multiple symmetric and asymmetric cryptography accelerators, advanced key management, security lifecycle management, power analysis resistance, and tamper detection. This combination enables designers to realize secure element functionality, enabling safety and security in IoT edge devices for low-power applications.
RA4M2 Block Diagram
The RA4M2 Group MCUs come with an array of high performance features including up to 512 KB code flash memory with background operation, 8 KB Data flash memory, and 128 KB SRAM with Parity/ECC. In addition they have a high number of integrated peripherals including USB 2.0 Full-Speed, SDHI, Quad SPI, and advanced analog. Security is ensured by the integrated Secure Crypto Engine with cryptography accelerators, key management support, tamper detection and power analysis resistance in concert with Arm TrustZone for integrated secure element functionality.
The RA4M2 Group MCUs are suited to a wide range of general purpose applications where high performance, security and low-power are critical including Security & Fire Alarms, Energy Metering, Industrial Machines, Robotics, Access Control, UPS, Vending Machines, HVAC and Boiler Controls.
The RA4M2 Group has a dedicated evaluation kit that enables designers to effortlessly evaluate the features of the RA4M2 MCU Group and develop embedded systems applications using Renesas' Flexible Software Package (FSP) and e2 studio IDE. The easy-to-use Flexible Software Package (FSP) includes a best-in-class HAL driver and uses a GUI to simplify and dramatically accelerate the development process, while also making it easy for designers to transition from an original 8/16-bit MCU design. Designers using the RA4M2 MCUs also have access to the extensive Arm partner ecosystem, offering a wide range of tools that help speed time-to-market.
Click below for quick start video guide to using the RA4M2 evaluation kit
The RA4M2 MCUs can be combined with Renesas’ complementary analog and power offerings to create comprehensive solutions for a variety of applications. These “Winning Combinations” showcase the unique capabilities of the RA4M2 MCUs and the breadth and depth of Renesas’ product line-up.
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