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Renesas completes the initial span of microcontrollers in its industry-first Renesas Synergy™ platform by adding three new MCU groups

Published: 30 March 2017 - Sarah Mead

Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced that it is extending its microcontroller (MCU) portfolio within the Renesas Synergy™ Platform to cover an even wider range of capabilities, CPU performance, and memory sizes, so system developers can get exactly what they need to create innovative solutions that drive their businesses. This broadened spectrum of scalable and compatible MCUs provides developers with many options to develop end-products with a high degree of re-use in both hardware and software of engineering resources. With the addition of the new S128S3A3, and S3A6 Groups of Synergy MCUs, there are now a total of seven MCU Groups with 57 devices based on ARM® Cortex®-M CPU cores covering operating frequencies from 32MHz up to 240MHz, and on-chip flash memory sizes of 64KB, 128KB, 256KB, 512KB, 1MB, 2MB, and 4MB. Renesas will continue to add new Synergy MCU Groups in the future, building on this foundation to increase the depth of solutions for specific applications.

The 20 new Synergy MCU devices in the S128, S3A6, and S3A3 Groups are sampling now to lead customers and will be available to the general market in June 2017. For early access to these MCUs’ information, join the Renesas DevCon Japan 2017 in Tokyo, on April 11.

Since its introduction to the market in October 2015, Synergy Platform capabilities have grown in software with the expansion of the Synergy Software Package (SSP) and its unprecedented levels of software quality assurance, in partner solutions with more Verified Software Add-Ons (VSAs), in software development tools with the inclusion of the IAR Embedded Workbench® for Renesas Synergy™, in hardware with new Synergy Kits, and more MCU devices that are fully accessible through the Application Programming Interface (API) of the SSP. The continual growth of the Synergy Platform inspires system developers to innovate more embedded control and Internet of Things (IoT) applications with fewer obstacles to prevent them from starting new designs. Because of this platform approach to development, companies enjoy a significant reduction of time to market and a lower total cost of ownership over the life of their own products.

“Over the last eighteen months, the Synergy Platform has grown, as a comprehensive platform, to help realize our goal of adding real value for our customers in every step of their own journeys,” said Peter Carbone, Vice President of Synergy IoT Platform Business Division, Renesas Electronics Corporation. “With the addition of these latest three MCU Groups to the MCU portfolio of the Synergy Platform, it now covers the entire selection range of memory and package sizes our customers request, and we provide the ability to easily scale up and down between them, which includes software and tools to reduce re-design efforts. These are core principles of the Synergy Platform that support reducing time-to-market and lowering the total cost-of-ownership for our customers”.

S128, S3A3, and S3A6 Group MCU devices

System developers with leaner requirements can select devices from the S3A3 and S3A6 Groups to scale their applications down to 512 KB and 256 KB flash memory as needed, compared to the existing 1 MB flash MCUs in the S3A7 Group. The S128 Group extends selections for ultra-low power applications that require larger memory up to 256 KB, or require additional analog signal conditioning, compared to the existing S124 Group MCUs.

Renesas will showcase several demonstrations of the Synergy Platform’s recent innovations, including the latest Synergy Software Package (SSP) version 1.2.0, the Wi-Fi Framework, and its secure manufacturing reference solution with the recently introduced Synergy S5D9 Group of secure MCUs at Renesas DevCon Japan 2017 in Tokyo on April 11. To learn more about the Renesas Synergy Platform, visit

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