New 16-bit MCUs provide space-saving option for touch control

RL78/G16 microcontrollers from Renesas are well suited to home appliances thanks to their high temperature tolerance and high touch sensitivity, supporting placement near to heat and noise generators such as motors.


The RL78/G16 Fast Prototyping Board is easy to use – simply plug in a USB cable to write/debug a program and start evaluation without any additional tools. 

The board, which is based on a 32-pin RL78/G16 MCU, also enables advanced debugging using the E2 emulator Lite or the traditional E2 emulator. The board is supplied with Arduino Uno, Pmod™ and Grove interfaces, and has high scalability with access to all pins on the MCU. It is equipped with two touch buttons and one touch slider.

32-bit MCUs feature advanced security capabilities for IoT devices

Renesas RA6M5 Group microcontrollers, which can operate as a secure element, support applications that require secure over-the-air updating thanks to their cryptography accelerators, resistance to cyber-attack, and memory block-swap feature.

MCUs based on Arm Cortex-M33 core offer advanced security features for industrial and IoT applications

RA4M2 Group microcontrollers from Renesas extend the security features of the Arm® Cortex®-M33 core, including TrustZone® secure partitioning, adding a cryptography engine, key management, tamper detection and more.


The EK-RA6M5 evaluation kit enables users to evaluate the features of the RA6M5 Group microcontrollers, and to develop embedded applications using the Renesas Flexible Software Package (FSP) and e2 studio integrated development environment. 

A rich set of on-board features can be combined with a choice of popular add-ons from the microcontroller ecosystem to realize new application ideas. The EK-RA6M5 comes pre-programmed with a Quick Start example project, with source code provided in the EK-RA6M5 Example Project Bundle.

The kit’s contents are the EK-RA6M5 board, a microUSB device cable (Type-A male to Micro-B male), a MicroUSB host cable (Type-A male to Micro-B male), and an Ethernet patch cable. 

The board features a USB Full-Speed host and device interface. The 5 V input source is either from USB or an external power supply.