Deadline: August 31, 2012


The Renesas RL78 Green Energy Challenge (“Contest”) is sponsored by Renesas Electronic America, Inc. The Contest is administered by Circuit Cellar, Inc. The Official Contest Partners are Analog Devices, Inc., CMX Systems, Inc., Exosite, GainSpan Corporation, Micrium, NDK Crystals (Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd.), Okaya Electric Industries Co. Ltd., and Total Phase, Inc.

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. Renesas Electronics America offers local manufacturing in Roseville, California, and the global manufacturing capabilities of its parent company. In the Americas, Renesas Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type active-matrix LCD modules from NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies. More information about the products offered by Renesas Electronics America can be found at

About Circuit Cellar and Elektor Magazines

Circuit Cellar and Elektor have been providing electrical engineers with insightful analysis, hands-on project articles and in-depth product reviews for fifty years. Circuit Cellar delivers everything professional engineers need to thrive and excel in the ever-evolving world of embedded systems while Elektor provides an interactive multimedia platform for everyone with an interest in electronics. Find out more by visiting and

Official Contest Partners

Analog Devices

Analog Devices, Inc. defines innovation and excellence in signal processing. ADI's analog and  mixed-signal integrated circuits play a fundamental role in converting, conditioning, and processing real-world phenomena such as light, sound, temperature, motion, and pressure into electrical signals to be used in a wide array of electronic equipment.

Analog Devices supplies more than 9 sensors and support components on the RL78 RDK.

CMX Systems

CMX Systems' core business is to develop and support real-time, multi-tasking operating systems (RTOS), TCP/IP stacks, Flash File Systems, USB stacks and a CANopen stack for a wide variety of 8-bit,16-bit, and 32-bit microcomputers, microprocessors, and digital signal processors.

CMX supports the RL78 MCU Family with their CMX-RTX RTOS.




Exosite has been developing embedded technologies for over 20 years – with first-hand experience dealing with the lack of connectivity between devices, networks and users. The exponential growth in electronic data implores a ubiquitous connection tool. Exosite’s One Platform is that tool. Our goal is to make accessing and analyzing data easier than subscribing to a mobile phone service

Exosite supports the RL78 with a cloud connectivity solutions.



GainSpan has been designing and marketing low power Wi-Fi semiconductor products and solutions ever since they opened their doors back in September of 2006. GainSpan was the first to optimize power consumption of Wi-Fi chips and apply advanced power management techniques to target long battery life applications - and opened the floodgates to new possibilities for connecting things to the Internet.

GainSpan supplies Wi-Fi modules and software compatible with the RL78 MCU and the RDK



IAR Systems is the world's leading independent supplier of C/C++ compilers and other software tools for embedded systems that enable large and small companies to develop premium products based on 8-, 16-, and 32-bit microcontrollers, mainly in the areas of industrial automation, medical devices, consumer electronics and automotive products.

IAR supports the RL78 MCU Family with its suite of software development tools.



Micriµm is consistently recognized as a leader in embedded software components. The company's flagship µC/OS family is recognized for a variety of features and benefits including unparalleled reliability, performance, dependability, impeccable source code, and vast documentation. In addition, several Micriµm modules contain certifications that meet the rigorous safety-critical standards demanded by several industries.

Micrium supports the RL78 MCU Family with their uC/OS-III RTOS.




NDK Crystals

Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd. (NDK) is, by pursuing 100% Customer Satisfaction & Quality First, striving to be the No. 1 Supplier and No.1 Brand in the quartz crystal devices industry. NDK supplies all of the crystals found on the RDK boards.






Okaya Electric America is a global provider of a wide range of LCD modules and display technologies including: Character, Graphic, Color TFT, and OLED display panels. Most of Okaya’s standard TFT, Graphic, and OLED display modules are available with highly accurate Touch Panel technology. If available standard products do not meet your needs, Okaya also offers extensive options for creating Custom LCD products. These customizations include Sunlight Readability modifications for outdoor applications.

Okaya supplies the graphic LCD display for the RDK boards.

Total Phase

Total Phase is a leading provider of embedded systems development tools for engineers all over the world. Total Phase's mission is to create powerful, high-quality, and affordable solutions for the embedded engineer. For years, Total Phase has developed products that have become tools of choice for Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and research institutions alike.

Total Phase provides an I2C/SPI debug header on the RL78 and supports the RL78 MCU's USB with their line of USB debug tools. Find out more by visiting






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Deadline for Entries:

August 31, 2012


Entry Tips:

1.      Obtain a Project Registration Number  

2.      Label entry materials with Registration Number (do not include your name)

3.      Zip entry materials into one Project Entry File

4.      Upload to Contest Dropbox