Renesas Expands IoT Sandbox - New $35 Kit, collaboration with Bug Labs, Medium One, Seeed Studio


Will be trying to get these for giveaways or at a heavy discount.

The S5D9 IoT Fast Prototyping Kit is the first co-branded MCU development kit targeted for rapid IoT prototyping. Powered by the Renesas Synergy S5D9 MCU – ARM Cortex M4F @120MHz with integrated 2MB flash and 640KB SDRAM, the kit includes an extra 256Mbits serial Nor QSPI flash; acoustic, motion, pressure, temperature and humidity sensors; a 10/100Base-T Ethernet port; a USB 2.0 Full Speed port as device and 5V power input; three colored LEDs (Red, Yellow, Green); a 10-pin JTAG; and two Grove and one PMOD expansion connectors.

It includes all the integrated functionality, plus sufficient expansion capability, to allow the user to start IoT prototyping. The kit has been validated and supported by Renesas IoT Sandbox. Renesas IoT Sandbox allows the user to rapidly create IoT applications using cloud services and real-time workflows by aggregating all event data from any source, whether it’s sensors, mobile apps, or an existing cloud, and performs real-time processing to extract intelligence or implement automation.

All functions needed for development are incorporated, from connecting to the cloud and processing device data, to IoT-centric libraries with analytics functions for predicting trends and detecting anomalies. With Renesas IoT Sandbox, you can focus on application logic while the IoT Sandbox quickly extracts intelligent insights to power your applications.

Simply create a free Renesas IoT Sandbox account and connect the S5D9 IoT Fast Prototyping Kit to Renesas IoT Sandbox. You can quickly turn your big IoT ideas into a prototype.



  • Supported by Renesas IoT Sandbox developer areas – Data Monitoring and Data Intelligence
  • Commercial-grade cloud service is ready to move your idea from prototype to production


  • Easy-to-use software APIs enabled by the Renesas Synergy Software Package (SSP), Qualified Software Add-Ons (QSA), and Verified Software Add-Ons (VSA)
  • Intuitive professional development tools and kits
  • Click-through licensing, plus a collection of specialized add-on software


  • Synergy S5D9 MCU with ARM CM4F @120MHz, 2M Flash and 640KB SDRAM
  • External 256Mbits serial Nor QSPI flash for extra data and application storage
  • Integrated acoustic, motion, pressure, temperature and humidity sensors
  • 10/100Base-T Ethernet port for wireline connectivity to cloud
  • USB 2.0 full speed as device and 5V power input
  • Three colored LEDs (RED, GREEN, YELLOW)
  • 10-pin JTAG connector for debug
  • Two Grove expansion connectors (UART and I2C) for connectivity for additional sensors
  • One PMOD expansion connector (SPI) for connectivity for additional peripherals

Renesas just made this announcement.

Renesas Electronics America Expands Renesas IoT Sandbox to Accelerate the Path from IoT Design Prototyping to Production

###Collaboration with Bug Labs, Medium One, and Seeed Studio Speeds the End-to-End Process with Data Monitoring, Data Intelligence, and Open-Source Hardware

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Renesas Electronics America Inc., a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced it has expanded Renesas IoT Sandbox to shorten the prototyping process for Internet of Things (IoT) design and to simplify the path to production for small- to large-sized companies developing IoT solutions.

In collaboration with Bug Labs, Medium One, and Seeed Studio, Renesas has broadened Renesas IoT Sandbox by enhancing the data monitoring and data intelligence developer components areas to significantly speed the prototyping process, and by adding the new Renesas Synergy™ S5D9 IoT Fast Prototyping Kit that can be used for both prototyping and as a production module.

Renesas Electronics America will demonstrate new Renesas IoT Sandbox solutions at IoT World 2017, booth 725, May 16-18, 2017, in Santa Clara, Calif. Attendees will learn more about its data monitoring, data intelligence, and hybrid prototype/production design capabilities with demonstrations of cold chain tracking, equipment anomaly detection, and how the Synergy S5D9 IoT Fast Prototyping Kit can be assembled as both a kit and a module.

“Prototyping is the key to fast and accurate IoT deployment. By simplifying the build out, testing, and update process, designers can finalize their proof of concepts and move to production mode more quickly. Our customers tell us that getting to market sooner in competitive environments is at the top of their list,” said Semir Haddad, Director of Product Marketing at Renesas Electronics America Inc. “Together with Bug Labs, Medium One, and Seeed Studio, we have enhanced Renesas IoT Sandbox with production-ready cloud services and open-source hardware that make it easier for customers to step from prototype to production.”

“The advantage of Renesas IoT Sandbox is the simplicity it brings to the embedded IoT design process. Developers can easily integrate their Renesas IoT Fast Prototyping Kits with Bug Labs Dweet messaging and Freeboard dashboards to jump start their solution development. Renesas IoT Sandbox enables them to build real-time data monitoring applications in under five minutes and then quickly transition into a production deployment,” said Peter Semmelhack, Bug Labs Founder and CEO.

“Prototyping environments play a key role in reducing the complexity associated with IoT design. Renesas IoT Sandbox powered by Medium One’s Data Intelligence platform makes it easy for IoT developers to build applications that integrate with many of the popular cloud-based web services, freeing up their time to focus on their application expertise, making applications smarter and more valuable to their customers,” said David Thai, Founder and CEO at Medium One.

“Time to market is a vital aspect of successful IoT products, and the ability for users to develop prototypes with the kit and then leverage the same board design as open-source hardware for their production product gives product development teams a huge competitive advantage,” said Eric Pan, CEO of Seeed Studio.

About Renesas IoT Sandbox

Renesas IoT Sandbox is the fastest path from IoT concept to prototype. It enables personalized data intelligence for system developers working with the Renesas SynergyTM Platform, the Renesas RL78 Family and RX Family of microcontrollers (MCUs), and the Renesas RZ Family of microprocessors (MPUs).

Expanding on the original Renesas IoT Sandbox, Renesas and Bug Labs collaborated to add the data monitoring developer area to the existing data intelligence developer area powered by cloud services from Medium One. The two developer areas are complementary, and developers can choose which is better suited to their application needs and design prototypes in either or both at no cost.

System developers working with Renesas IoT Sandbox can plug into the Synergy S5D9 IoT Fast Prototyping Kit and leverage pre-built dashboards in the data monitoring developer area to manage the kit’s sensor data – creating prototypes in minutes. For IoT applications that require more than data monitoring, Renesas and Medium One have added access to pre-built API libraries for third-party web services including Alexa, Twitter, and Salesforce as part of the data intelligence developer area. Built-in IoT libraries are also provided for processing sensor data in real-time data and analyzing data to predict trends and detect anomalies.

The Synergy S5D9 IoT Fast Prototyping Kit offers a hybrid approach that enables system developers to jump quickly and cost effectively from prototype to production. Based on open-source hardware, the board comes assembled with all the components required for prototyping, including Grove connectors that can be used to add other Seeed Studio Grove Sensors. The board can also be assembled with production connectors for use as an IoT module that is smaller than a credit card.


Developers can sign up for a Renesas IoT Sandbox account now at The data monitoring developer area and the data intelligence developer area, with its enhancements, are both ready for immediate prototyping use. The Synergy S5D9 IoT Fast Prototyping Kit is available for pre-order on the Seeed Studio Bazaar for US$34.95 per kit. The Synergy S5D9 IoT Fast Prototyping Kit design files are also available for download through Seeed Studio’s website.

For more information about Renesas, follow Renesas Electronics America at @RenesasAmerica on Twitter and For more information about the Medium One production cloud, contact For more information about Seeed Studio, contact


Just got back from IoT World where I saw the S5D9. We will be able to get $20 discount codes for all IoT Community members. This will bring the price of the board down to $14.95 through Seeed prior to shipping and tax. We should get the discount codes next week. The boards don’t ship until July 21st. If you want to pre-order the board and want the discount code, contact me or @jcasman.

The boards come pre-flashed with a binary capable of connecting to Renesas IoT Sandbox data monitoring.

The S5D9 comes in two versions, one for prototyping and one for commercial use.

Renesas plans to release design files for the board after the board becomes available.

There are plans to connect numerous Grove sensors to the board.

From left: Molly Higgins and David Thai of Medium One, Peter Semmelhack of Bug Labs

The S5D9 board is mountable as a USB drive. It doesn’t require Segger to update the firmware


I spent two hours today, checking out the main expo area of IoT World, and talking to Renesas and Medium One people. Great information, gave me tons of motivation to do more!

If I had to broadly overstate my impressions from the show, I think IoT is moving in many directions. Connected and Autonomous Vehicles was a big theme. Security concerns for IoT - and solutions - are ubiquitous. And monitoring and data analysis was big, too.

I was able to talk with Molly Higgins, Medium One, on what they were showing in the Renesas booth. She demoed for me an anomaly detection setup using the new Renesas Synergy S5D9 IoT Fast Prototyping Kit. I took a short video to give everyone a taste:

Here’s a few more pictures from IoT World. There are two more days with the expo hall open, with free passes. If you’re in the San Jose / Santa Clara area, I’d say it’s worth cruising by! The Renesas booth is #725.

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