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Renesas Electronics America and Express Logic Announce RZ Express Program to Drive Development of HMI Applications

Build Differentiated HMI Solutions on Top of the Renesas RZ/A MPU; Hardware Platform with Express Logic ThreadX® RTOS and Middleware.

San Jose, CA, April 03, 2014 --( Renesas Electronics America, a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOSs), announce the new RZ Express program—an optimized package of high-performance microprocessors (MPUs), easy-to-use RTOS, and comprehensive middleware solutions ideal for high-resolution displays used in the design of human-machine interface (HMI) applications.

The RZ Express program offers embedded designers developing a commercial application with any Renesas RZ/A1 high-performance MPU the chance to obtain a valuable single-product license for Express Logic’s ThreadX® RTOS. This includes any Express Logic middleware components required to complete the application—NetX™, USBX™, FileX®, and GUIX™. Additionally, free software support and maintenance is provided for 90 days.* The RZ Express program brings together a powerful hardware platform and a leading commercial RTOS to help reduce design and execution risk by providing a proven path to high- performance user interfaces.

“Using the Express Logic RTOS and middleware, including GUIX, helps designers quickly and effectively build differentiated HMI solutions on top of the Renesas RZ/A1 hardware platform,” said Ritesh Tyagi, vice president of marketing for Renesas Electronics America. “The RZ/A1 MPUs have been optimized for HMI applications and, when used with GUIX and the Express Logic middleware, provide an optimal solution for high-resolution displays.”

Renesas RZ/A series of MPUs combine a high-performance ARM® Cortex-A9 processor with up to an industry-leading 10MB of on-chip RAM to support faster device control, digital audio and video-signal processing, and much more. The large on-chip RAM removes the need for external SDRAM, enabling low-power, cost-effective embedded display applications at up to WXGA resolution. The RZ/A MPUs can also drive two displays and execute code in-place from cost-effective QSPI flash memory.

“Today’s end user expects to manage an embedded device through an intuitive human-machine interface,” noted William E. Lamie, president of Express Logic. “RZ Express provides engineers with the fully-integrated tools they need to design a system that is responsive, powerful, and graphically pleasing all within a minimal footprint. What’s more, RZ Express provides this robust software support free, saving development teams thousands of dollars otherwise needed for such high-quality software.”

Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS is deployed in over two billion electronic products, most of which are powered by ARM-based processors. ThreadX and Express Logic’s related middleware provide priority-based, pre-emptive, real-time scheduling, messaging, IPv4/IPv6 networking, USB Host/Device, and GUI software support for these systems. The Express Logic products strongly complement the Renesas RZ/A MPU.

The RZ Express promotion is valid only in the Americas (North America, South America and Central America). Qualified customers* can request a single-product license by registering their project with Renesas. For more information, or to apply for the program, visit

About Renesas Electronics America Inc.
Renesas Electronics America, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world's number one supplier of microcontrollers and a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions, and a broad range of analog and power devices. More information about the products offered by Renesas Electronics America can be found at

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About Express Logic
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Express Logic offers the most advanced run-time solutions for deeply embedded applications, including the popular ThreadX® RTOS, the high-performance NetX™ TCP/IP stack, the FileX® embedded FAT-compatible file system, the USBX™ Host/Device USB protocol stack, and the GUIX™ graphical user interface development toolkit. Most products from Express Logic include full source code and all have no run-time royalties.

For more information about Express Logic solutions, please visit the Web site at, call 1-858-613-6640, or e-mail inquiries to

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*Terms and conditions apply. See for more details and RZ Express program qualification criteria.

Renesas Electronics America Contacts:
Jessica Kerr
Voce Communications, a Porter Novelli Company
(415) 975-2213

Nancy Sheffield, Senior Marcom Manager
PH: (408) 588-6335
Mobile: (408) 823-8653

Express Logic Contact
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Janice Hughes, Media Relations
PH: (705) 549-8952
Mobile: (705) 774-8686

Express Logic, Inc.
John Carbone, Vice President of Marketing
PH: (858) 613-6640, Ext. 202
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