Renesas Electronics has announced three new Target Boards for the RX65N, RX130 and RX231 32-bit Microcontroller (MCU) groups designed for home appliance, building and industrial automation applications.
Each board has minimal features with an on-chip debugger, a mini USB port, the micro-controller, and through-hole pin headers providing access to all MCU signals. This design allows to access all MCU features while keeping the price below $30.
Renesas Target Board specifications:
- Unpopulated 12-pin Pmod connector
- 2x unpopulated 50-pin MCU headers
- 2-pin Current measurement header
- Reset and user push buttons
- Power LED (Green), ACT LED (Green), 2x user LEDs (Green)
- 2-pin emulator reset header
- Power Supply
- 5V via mini USB port
- 3.3V via external power supply 2-pin header
- 3-pin power selection header
- Current consumption – 200mA max
- Dimensions – 90.0mm x 53.34mm x 0.8 mm
The PCB looks exactly the same for all variants since Renesas RX MCUs have a common pin assignment on their 100-pin package.
The company provides device package for OS-less development, as well as support for FreeRTOS & ITRON OS real-time operating systems, and various tools and libraries to help with development including Segger emWin, file systems, TCP/IP network stack, and so on.
Documentation, software, and tools can all be found on the boards page, where you’ll also find links to purchase Target Board for RX65N / RX130 for $28.05 on Digikey. The version with RX231 does not appear to be sold just yet.