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Renesas Electronics America and Express Logic Announce RZ Express Program to Drive Development of HMI Applications

Renesas Electronics America, a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOSs), announce the new RZ Express program—an optimized package of high-performance microprocessors (MPUs), easy-to-use RTOS, and comprehensive middleware solutions ideal for high-resolution displays used in the design of human-machine interface (HMI) applications.

The RZ Express program offers embedded designers developing a commercial application with any Renesas RZ/A1 high-performance MPU the chance to obtain a valuable single-product license for Express Logic’s ThreadX® RTOS. This includes any Express Logic middleware components required to complete the application—NetX™, USBX™, FileX®, and GUIX™. Additionally, free software support and maintenance is provided for 90 days.* The RZ Express program brings together a powerful hardware platform and a leading commercial RTOS to help reduce design and execution risk by providing a proven path to high-performance user interfaces.

“Using the Express Logic RTOS and middleware, including GUIX, helps designers quickly and effectively build differentiated HMI solutions on top of the Renesas RZ/A1 hardware platform,” said Ritesh Tyagi, vice president of marketing for Renesas Electronics America. “The RZ/A1 MPUs have been optimized for HMI applications and, when used with GUIX and the Express Logic middleware, provide an optimal solution for high-resolution displays.”

Renesas RZ/A series of MPUs combine a high-performance ARM® Cortex-A9 processor with up to an industry-leading 10MB of on-chip RAM to support faster device control, digital audio and video-signal processing, and much more. The large on-chip RAM removes the need for external SDRAM, enabling low-power, cost-effective embedded display applications at up to WXGA resolution. The RZ/A MPUs can also drive two displays and execute code in place from cost-effective QSPI flash memory.

“Today’s end user expects to manage an embedded device through an intuitive human-machine interface,” noted William E. Lamie, president of Express Logic. “RZ Express provides engineers with the fully integrated tools they need to design a system that is responsive, powerful, and graphically pleasing all within a minimal footprint. What’s more, RZ Express provides this robust software support free, saving development teams thousands of dollars otherwise needed for such high-quality software.”

RTOS/Middleware

Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS is deployed in over two billion electronic products, most of which are powered by ARM-based processors. ThreadX and Express Logic’s related middleware provide priority-based, preemptive, real-time scheduling, messaging, IPv4/IPv6 networking, USB Host/Device, and GUI software support for these systems. The Express Logic products strongly complement the Renesas RZ/A MPU.

The RZ Express promotion is valid only in the Americas (North America, South America and Central America). Qualified customers* can request a single-product license by registering their project with Renesas. For more information, or to apply for the program, visit http://am.renesas.com/RZExpress.

About Renesas Electronics America Inc.

Renesas Electronics America, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), the world's number one supplier of microcontrollers and a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions, and a broad range of analog and power devices. More information about the products offered by Renesas Electronics America can be found at http://am.renesas.com/.

For more information, follow Renesas Electronics America at @RenesasAmerica on Twitter and http://www.facebook.com/RenesasAmerica.

About Express Logic

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Express Logic offers the most advanced run-time solutions for deeply embedded applications, including the popular ThreadX® RTOS, the high-performance NetX™ TCP/IP stack, the FileX® embedded FAT-compatible file system, the USBX™ Host/Device USB protocol stack, and the GUIX™ graphical user interface development toolkit. Most products from Express Logic include full source code and all have no run-time royalties.

For more information about Express Logic solutions, please visit the Web site at www.expresslogic.com, call 1-858-613-6640, or e-mail inquiries to [email protected].

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*Terms and conditions apply. See http://am.renesas.com/RZExpress/Terms_and_Conditions for more details and RZ Express program qualification criteria.

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