Renesas Enables 10-Year Support for Embedded Industrial Linux Developers

October 16, 2017 Rich Nass

Renesas recently announced its RZ/G Linux Platform, which is designed with an industrial-grade version of Linux, namely the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) Super Long-Term Support (SLTS) kernel. As a result, Linux-based embedded systems can be maintained for more than 10 years using a verified Linux package with cloud-maintenance and development options. Hence, it becomes easy (well, relatively easy) for embedded developers to leverage Linux for high-performance industrial equipment, thereby reducing maintenance costs as well as development time and set-up costs.

Maintaining Linux in industrial and social infrastructure applications presents unique challenges for equipment manufacturers, especially because the maximum Long-Term Support (LTS) Linux maintenance period only runs about two years. In addition, industrial-grade software requires high reliability, safety and security, and real- or near real-time performance.

The RZ/G Linux Platform provides a validated Linux package, which lets users immediately begin development in a stable operating environment. The package incorporates several software components, including the CIP Linux kernel, a board support package (BSP), multimedia functionality (H.264 codec, 3D graphics), graphical user interface (GUI) framework (Qt, HTML 5), and security. Renesas manages maintenance and version management of the Linux distribution, reducing the tech-support requirements, as all issues are handled by Renesas. BSP package support is available for the RZ/G1M MPU, and Renesas plans to introduce support for additional members of the RZ/G1 MPU Series.

The RZ/G Linux Platform is designed for new users who are migrating from an RTOS or bare-metal environment, as well as for seasoned embedded Linux users. It provides a cloud development environment within Renesas’ e² studio integrated software development tool. Here, embedded programmers have the option to write and compile their code on cloud servers, where the Linux distribution and BSP are actively maintained. The RZ/G Linux Platform also minimizes development iterations and improves overall user productivity across the board. The platform provides comprehensive code validation and analysis tools, which leverage a proprietary and extensive online database, helping users to identify potential error sources and recommend specific corrective actions during debug.

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Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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