Renesas recently announced two new cloud development kits, CK-RA6M5 and CK-RX65N. The cellular-to-cloud IoT development platform is powered by RA and RX MCU Families of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs). The cloud kits are the first to be equipped with Renesas’ RYZ014A Cat-M1 module, a certified LTE cellular module that offers the ability to establish a wireless connection between MCUs and cloud services quickly and securely without a gateway.
According to the company, these cloud kits allow users to rapidly develop IoT cloud products and solutions without having to design their own complex circuitry and software stacks. The kits features a high performance MCU called the RYZ014A Cat-M1 Pmod module. Furthermore, it incorporates multiple sensors, hardware-based security, and a reliable software stack. In addition to that, the cloud kits are also ready to utilize the global cloud service platforms such as AWS Cloud and other IoT services. Both kits are designed to run on AWS (Amazon Web Services) FreeRTOS for CK-RA6M5 using FSP (Flexible Software Package) and CK-RX65N using RDP (RX Driver Package). Once connected to AWS IoT Core, the kits have access to many Cloud and IoT services from AWS for data analytics and IoT device management.
“We are pleased that the Renesas cloud kits are qualified AWS Partner Devices. Renesas’ IoT cloud kits are great examples of hardware and software platforms that can help IoT developers to realize the full potential of AWS IoT services and accelerate solution development,” said Muneyuki Watanabe, Director, Head of Partner Alliance, Amazon Web Services Japan. “The new cloud kits combine highly secure MCUs, AWS libraries, the FreeRTOS software stack, and a dashboard with a vast collection of IoT cloud services. Together, the kits provide access to market-ready platforms for manageable and scalable cloud solutions.”
These cloud kits are one of the first devices which are capable of supporting the Renesas’ RA6M5 and RX65N MCU groups under a unified development platform.
“With Renesas’ first cellular Cat-M1 module, we are adding ubiquitous cellular connectivity to our cloud solution offerings, providing our customers more flexible and reliable cloud connectivity options,” said Roger Wendelken, Senior Vice President in Renesas’ IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit. “Our complete cloud solutions allow engineers to focus on designing unique IoT systems that can be adopted in a wide variety of applications such as building and home automation, smart metering, healthcare and industrial applications.”