New target boards

Louise Smyth

Renesas Electronics has launched three new Target Boards for the RX65N, RX130 and RX231 Microcontroller (MCU) Groups, each designed to help engineers jump start their home appliance, building and industrial automation designs. Priced below $30 USD, the Target Boards lower the price threshold for engagement, allowing more system developers to enjoy the benefits of the 32-bit RX MCU family.

 
The RX Target Boards provide an inexpensive entry point for embedded designers to evaluate, prototype and develop their products. Each board kit features an on-chip debugger tool that enables application design without requiring further tool investments. Through-hole pin headers provide access to all MCU signals pins, making it easy for customers to interconnect to standard breadboards for fast prototyping.
 
“What makes the RX Target Board evaluation concept unique is its innovative approach to reusing the same PCB for all MCU variations,” said Tim Burgess, Senior Director, Proprietary MCU Business Division, Renesas Electronics. “Since each member of the Renesas RX MCU Family has a common pin assignment, customers experience a smooth transition between different RX Groups and RX Series using the same package version. In the case of the RX Target Boards, the widely used 100-pin LQFP package is on board.”
 
The RX Target Boards offer everything designers need to start board and demo development, including a board circuit diagram and bill of materials, demo source code, user manual and application notes. Coming soon are additional Target Board variations that will provide full coverage of the entire RX Family, from the low-power RX100 Series to the high-performance RX700 Series.