Modular IoT design platform cuts time to market, complexity

July 08, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Modular IoT design platform cuts time to market, complexity
Semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics Corporation has introduced a new IoT system development platform designed to significantly ease the prototyping of IoT systems.

The Renesas Quick-Connect IoT system consists of standardized boards and interfaces, enabling designers to quickly and easily connect a wide range of sensors to MCU development boards. The system also delivers core software building blocks that are portable between boards, greatly reducing coding requirements.

As part of the Quick-Connect IoT system, the company worked with Digilent, Inc. in creating a new expanded I2C Pmod Interface, Type 6A, for wider coverage and added flexibility. Renesas has standardized on the new Pmod 6A connector from Digilent for new sensor Pmods and MCU development kits.

This standardization, says the company, allows designers unmatched flexibility in selecting the optimal combination for any IoT prototype design. MCU boards will have two Pmod connectors, one for a sensor Pmod, and another for a communications module. The Pmods can also be cascaded for even greater flexibility.

The company says it has also redefined common software APIs (Application Program Interfaces) and HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) code for a wide variety of sensors. These are embedded into the Renesas e2 studio integrated development environment. Now, instead of writing and testing hundreds of lines of driver code, designers only need to graphically select their sensor and write a few lines of code. All the integration and setup effort is taken care of behind the scenes, reducing the time to a working solution.

"We are laser focused on delivering solutions that enable customers to get to market faster with superior end products,” says DK Singh, Senior Director of the Systems and Solutions Team at Renesas. "For example, we've developed hundreds of Winning Combinations that give our customers an elevated design platform to mitigate the design risks and reduce development time. Quick-Connect IoT is the latest example of our commitment in this area and we will expand its coverage to support more boards and devices in the future. Additionally, having a standardized hardware connectivity platform allows customers to use compatible Pmods developed


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