Starter Kit Can be Combined with the Open-Source R-Car S4 Whitebox SDK to Speed Up Prototyping
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced a new development board for automotive gateway systems. The R-Car S4 Starter Kit is a low-cost, readily available development board for building software using the Renesas R-Car S4 system on chip (SoC). The SoC delivers high computing performance and an array of communication features for both cloud communication and safe vehicle control. The new starter kit is a less-expensive and readily-available option compared to the existing R-Car S4 Reference Board, which provides a full-scale development environment including an evaluation board and software. Engineers can take advantage of the new kit to easily start their initial evaluation of car servers, connected gateways, connectivity modules and more, for rapid application development.
“The R-Car S4 SoC has already been well received by our customers as a choice for gateway SoCs that support the evolution of E/E architecture," said Takeshi Fuse, Head of Marketing and Business Development, High Performance Computing, Analog & Power Solutions Group at Renesas. “At the same time, our customers requested a development environment that can be used widely across their design teams, while keeping the cost down. This low-cost board addresses the need, and we are confident that it will accelerate their vehicle development.”
The R-Car S4 Starter Kit includes essential R-Car S4 interfaces such as Ethernet TSN switch and CAN FD, as well as memory such as 4GB (Gigabyte) of LPDDR4, 128GB of UFS (Universal Flash Storage), and 64MB (Megabyte) of Quad SPI flash memory. In addition, users can easily expand peripheral functions by using expansion connectors and customize the hardware according to individual needs.
Furthermore, Renesas provides the R-Car S4 Whitebox SDK, an open-source automotive development environment for the R-Car S4, which can be combined with the R-Car S4 Starter Kit. The SDK consists of FoC (Free of Charge) software and can be easily used without the need for complicated license agreements. The SDK includes sample software, test programs, and resource monitoring tools for OTA (Over-The-Air software updates), IPS (Intrusion Prevention System), and IDS (Intrusion Detection System) for network security, allowing for various prototyping and evaluation. Users can use the sample software as a base to develop their own applications. This kit shortens development time and reduces energy consumption, thus imposing less impact on the environment.
The R-Car S4 Starter Kit is available from major distributors or via a Renesas local sales representative. For more information, please visit: https://www.renesas.com/R-Car-S4-StarterKit.
Additional information on the R-Car S4 Whitebox SDK is available at: https://www.renesas.com/whitebox-sdk.
When browsing our website, you can change your preferences and reject certain types of cookies that are to be stored on your computer. You may also delete all cookies that are already stored on your computer, but keep in mind that deleting cookies may prevent you from using parts of our website.
These cookies are necessary in order to provide you with the services available through our website and to enable you to use certain features of our website. Without these cookies, we cannot provide you with certain services on our website.
These cookies are used to collect information for traffic analysis on our website. For example, these cookies can track things like which sites visitors are interested in and how much time they spend, which helps us understand how we can improve our site for you. This does not identify any persons.
These cookies are used to serve ads that are likely to interest you based on your browsing habits. These cookies, as requested by us and / or the advertising providers, may combine information collected from our website with other information, independently collected from other websites, regarding the activities of your internet browser within their advertising network of websites. If you choose to delete or disable these targeting or advertising cookies, your ads will still show, but may no longer be personalized and relevant to you.