Renesas RH850 dev kit gets upgrade

February 13, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Synopsys has added to the features of its Virtualizer Development Kit (VDK) for Renesas RH850 Ethernet AVB and CAN-FD for automotive system software development, enabling Tier 1 and OEM companies to start development early and improve software quality for RH850-based MCU designs.

Expansion of the Virtualizer Development Kit for Renesas’ RH850 MCU Family brings support for Ethernet AVB and CAN FD automotive network peripherals.

The Synopsys VDK is a software development kit that uses RH850 virtual prototypes as a target with software debug and analysis tools. It enables automotive engineers designing RH850 based electronic control units (ECUs) to start software development, integration and test before hardware is available, resulting in higher product quality and reduced development cost. The Ethernet AVB and CAN FD models were developed through the Center of Excellence collaboration between Synopsys and Renesas, which draws on joint engineering teams to develop models and VDKs optimised for Renesas RH850 MCUs.

“The requirement for more communication bandwidth is requiring tier one automotive suppliers and OEMs to deploy automotive network technologies such as Ethernet AVB and CAN FD,” said Naoki Yada, department manager of automotive control technical strategy department, 1st solution business unit at Renesas Electronics Corporation.

For efficient streaming of audio and video content over Ethernet networks, the VDK for Renesas RH850/F1H integrates the model of Renesas’ Ethernet AVB IP. CAN FD extends the data rates of CAN to 8 Mbit/sec. The Synopsys model of the Renesas CAN FD IP can be integrated into any Synopsys VDK for Renesas RH850 based virtual prototype. It is also integrated with Vector CANoe and rest of bus simulation tools, enabling developers to work in a virtual environment that delivers more debug and analysis capabilities than the physical environment.

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