September 2, 2021

RenesasEK RA6M5 400x275Renesas Electronics Corp., which supplies advanced semiconductor solutions, and eProsima, which develops middleware solutions, have announced the Renesas EK-RA6M5 Evaluation Kit for RA microcontroller units (MCUs), a platform of the micro-ROS development framework. Renesas said it teamed with eProsima, the main developer of the micro-ROS framework, to port micro-ROS into the RA MCUs, to ease development of professional robotics applications for IoT and industrial systems.

The micro-ROS framework allows a standardized integration of MCUs into the Robot Operating System (ROS) 2 data space. It provides an established application development framework based on standard communication middleware to the embedded world. Porting micro-ROS into the Renesas RA MCUs facilitates the adoption of this robotic framework into Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT applications, the company said. The Renesas e2 studio integrated development environment, which will run on Windows, as well as Linux-based computers, will support the micro-ROS implementation, simplifying the process of using the micro-ROS client library, it added.

The Renseas Advanced (RA) family of 32-bit Arm Cortex-M MCUs deliver performance, security, connectivity and peripheral IP to address the next generation of embedded solutions, Renesas said. The company built a comprehensive partner ecosystem to deliver software and hardware building blocks that work out of the box with RA MCUs, including Microsoft Azure RTOS and FreeRTOS.

“Robotics is becoming increasingly important as Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT gain steam,” said Roger Wendelken, senior vice president in the IoT and infrastructure business unit at Renesas. “The performance and feature set of the RA family make it the best choice for robotic applications, and we’re pleased to work with eProsima to deliver solutions to our diverse customer base.”

The micro-ROS hardware support is divided into officially supported boards and community supported boards. Support for micro-ROS in the RA MCUs is available in the EK-RA6M5 evaluation kit. For more information, customers can visit the Renesas ROS page or the micro-ROS website here.