Renesas IO-Link Sensor Network Development Kit to Accelerate Industry 4.0

November 26, 2018 Brandon Lewis

TOKYO. Renesas Electronics has released the RZ/N1S IO-Link Master development kit for industrial sensor networks in smart factory environments. The RZ/N1S IO-Link development kit provides one CPU for managing the eight-port IO-Link Master device, a second CPU with an R-IN engine architecture that supports Industrial Ethernet communications, eight IO-Link connectors, and a sample protocol stack from TMG. The integrated package allows developers to immediately connect IO-Link slave devices for evaluation and prototyping.

The two CPUs present on the RZ/N1S IO-Link Master development kit are supported by 6 MB of on-chip SRAM that enables independent but simultaneous operation. Integrating the two CPUs in a 12mm x 12mm LFBGA package eliminates the need for external memory while optimizing the solution for space constrained industrial environments.

In addition, support for Industrial Ethernet enables communications with control-layer devices such as PLCs without the need for an external processor or memory.

For more information on the RZ/N1S IO-Link solution, visit


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