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Monday, October 28, 2019

Renesas moves ThreadX to Azure RTOS for IoT

By Nick Flaherty

Renesas is to support Microsoft's Azure RTOS real time operating system (formerly ThreadX) across its microcontroller (MCU) and microprocessor (MPU) portfolio for the Internet of Things (IoT).

ThreadX is one of the most deployed RTOS worldwide for microcontrollers, and is currently integrated with the Renesas Synergy Software Package (SSP). The new versions, now called Azure RTOS since the purchase in April this year, will be added to the broader set of Renesas RA and RX microcontrollers and RZ/A microprocessors, starting with out-of-the-box integration into the new Renesas RA Flexible Software Package (FSP).
The deal, one of the first for Azure IoT. aims to provide a complete chip-to-cloud IoT solution based on Renesas’ intelligent and secure devices and Microsoft Azure IoT building blocks including Azure RTOS, Azure IoT device SDK for C, IoT Plug and Play, IoT Central and IoT Hub.

“Renesas Synergy customers have already experienced Microsoft Azure RTOS’ out-of-the-box connectivity to the Azure IoT Hub, making it an ideal choice for the billions of connected endpoints on the horizon,” said Sailesh Chittipeddi, Executive Vice President, General manager of Renesas’ IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit. “We are excited to bring Azure to customers working with our MCUs and MPUs. This collaboration will enable customers to bring their innovative connected solutions to market quicker with proven, trusted, and secure IoT building blocks.”
“Making Microsoft Azure RTOS offerings broadly available across Renesas’ product families, including Renesas Synergy and RA MCU devices means customers, will be able to deliver new connected solutions quicker," said Sam George, Corporate Vice President for Azure IoT at Microsoft 
"Our collaboration with Renesas is making enterprise grade IoT development as easy and seamless as possible.”

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