ARIS is a ready-to-use Internet of Things (IoT) hardware and software platform that enables users to get their IoT applications up and running quickly, leveraging on the Renesas Synergy™ development framework.
The system is built around a Renesas S7G2 high-performance MCU. The microcontroller unit consists of a 240 MHz ARM Cortex-M4 embedded processor with a 4 MB flash memory and a 640 kB SRAM. Furthermore it is provided with a 512 MB serial flash, a 256 MB SDRAM memory, and an additional microSD card slot. The three-axis acceleration sensor and the two-axis gyroscope supply information with regard to the position and movement of the Board. These sensors can be activated via an SPI connection. Further sensors mounted on the Arrow ARIS Board are a thermal sensor and a humidity sensor that can be activated via the I²C interface to supply further ambient data. In order to optimally process the data collected by the sensors, a strong focus was directed on the communication and connectivity of the device. This has enabled the ARIS Board to now also communicate with its environment in a wireless fashion via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 4.1/4.2), and NFC, in addition to its means of communication via Ethernet 10/100 or a USB connection. In order to also make it possible for the user to interact with the Board, various user interfaces have been implemented. Via the GPIO interface, LEDs, pushbuttons, and a TFT screen can be accessed. Furthermore a resistive touchscreen is supported via I²C. In order to make the Board an all-purpose tool, it was designed in Arduino layout which also enables the use of extension shields, thus making it possible to implement any conceivable application. Additional functions such as the on-board J-Link debugger, support for crypto bootloaders, and over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates make the development process easier, quicker, and more reliable.
In contrast to other development environments, all elements of the Renesas Synergy™ platform have been freshly developed from scratch and specially tailored to match embedded design applications. This provides for unprecedented scalability and compatibility, resulting in maximum re-usability of user codes and thus saving a great deal of development time. In future, the platform will be extended; new technologies will be employed, and new features will be permanently implemented, in order to launch embedded design applications more quickly and efficiently on the market. The integrated developed environment (IDE) implemented in this platform is Renesas Eclipse Embedded Studio, known as e² Studio. On the basis of Open Source IDE Eclipse, this solution offers a high level of flexibility and creativity. You can download and install the complete Renesas Synergy™ platform free of charge from the Renesas Synergy Gallery. In addition to the software required, this site also provides application samples that can be easily adapted to the ARIS Board.