IoT development platforms enable end-to-end cloud connectivity

21-06-2022 | Renesas | Design & Manufacture

Renesas Electronics Corporation has released two new cloud development kits, CK-RA6M5 and CK-RX65N, offering a total connectivity solution for the RA and RX Families of 32-bit MCUs. The cloud kits are the first to be provided with its RYZ014A Cat-M1 module, a certified LTE cellular module that can establish a wireless connection between MCUs and cloud services quickly and securely with no gateway.

With these cloud kits, users can quickly develop IoT cloud products and solutions without designing their own complex circuitry and software stacks. The kits include the RYZ014A Cat-M1 Pmod module, a high-performance MCU, multiple sensors, hardware-based security, and a reliable software stack.

The cloud kits are ready to connect to global cloud service providers such as AWS Cloud and IoT services. The kits are created to run on AWS FreeRTOS for CK-RA6M5 employing FSP and CK-RX65N using RDP. Once connected to AWS IoT Core, the kits can access 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.”

“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.”

“Mobile cloud computing is leading a new era for data storage and processing, especially now that cellular IoT devices have become so pervasive,” said Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans Communications. “Packed with on-board sensors and the Cat-M1 module powered by Sequans’ Monarch technology, Renesas’ cloud kits will be ideal platforms for evaluating and deploying mobile cloud applications for wireless IoT systems.”

The cloud kits are the first to support the company’s RA6M5 and RX65N MCU groups under a unified development platform, providing a consistent user experience. The kits have identical hardware and software features and a common dashboard user interface to access real-time cloud data.