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2020.8.6  Renesas’ Intersil Brand ICs Blast Off Onboard the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission to the Red Planet

TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced that more than 20 of its radiation-hardened (rad-hard) integrated circuits (ICs) were onboard the July 30 lift off of NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, with the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity Mars Helicopter onboard, launched from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

While on the Red Planet, the Perseverance rover will flight test the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, search for signs of ancient life, and collect rock and sediment samples to send back to Earth. Its astrobiology mission is to seek out signs of past microscopic life on Mars, explore the diverse geology of its landing site, Jezero Crater, and demonstrate key instruments and technologies that will help NASA prepare for future robotic and human exploration.

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2020.8.5  Renesas Strengthens Active Antenna Systems Market Leadership with New RF Amplifier for 4G/5G Infrastructure Systems

TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today strengthened its robust RF Amplifiers portfolio with the new F1490 delivering much lower quiescent current (75 mA) than competitive solutions. The F1490 is a second-generation high-gain, 2-stage RF amplifier that covers the key sub-6 GHz 5G frequency bands from 1.8 GHz to 5.0 GHz. The F1490 benefits designers with simplified product selection for their transmitter (Tx) lineup, elimination of a gain block with better margin, two selectable gain modes for system design flexibility, lower power consumption, and superior performance.

“The F1490 delivers high gain with selectable modes and ultra-low power consumption, while maintaining high OP1dB performance and 2.4 dB noise figure, to meet all the system-level requirements customers want from their massive MIMO 5G pre-driver,” said Naveen Yanduru, Vice President of RF Communications, Industrial and Communications Business Division at Renesas. “We are excited to continue driving LTE and 5G innovation with our RF amplifier solutions for AAS, 4G/5G base stations, and other wireless communications equipment.”

Designed to operate within the 1.8 GHz and 5.0 GHz frequency range, the F1490 RF amplifier features high gain, high linearity, and wide bandwidth, and is well suited for use with both FDD and TDD sub-6 GHz 5G applications. The F1490’s pin-to-pin compatibility with current devices lowers the cost of design updates.

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2020.8.4  Renesas Introduces Bluetooth Low Energy Module for Ultra-Low Power IoT Applications

New RYZ012 Module Provides Multi-Standard Wireless Communication Supporting Bluetooth Low Energy 5 and IEEE802.15.4 Based Standards

04 Aug 2020

TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced sample shipment availability of the new RYZ012 Bluetooth® module targeting ultra-low power IoT applications. The RYZ012 is Renesas’ first Bluetooth Low Energy 5 module. It integrates a 2.4 GHz RF transceiver supporting the IEEE802.15.4 multi-standard wireless protocol, Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), Bluetooth LE Mesh, and ZigBee. The RYZ012 features a power draw of only 0.4µA during deep sleep (without SRAM retention) allowing customers to extend battery life. The RYZ012 also includes a battery monitor to measure battery capacity and detect low power in battery-operated devices.

“The RYZ012 module complements our IoT connectivity solutions, featuring ultra-low power in a small form factor, designed to target a wide range of IoT, connected home, asset tracking, and cost-sensitive applications,” said Roger Wendelken, Senior Vice President, Head of MCU Business, IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit at Renesas. “The RYZ012 teams with Renesas’ sensor solutions to offer an end-to-end, device-to-cloud ecosystem.”

The RYZ012 module supports the 2.4 GHz IoT standards without the requirement for an external DSP. This reduces the number of external components required and the overall cost in system integration. The RYZ012 module includes a 32-bit microcontroller with an integrated 512kB flash memory and 64kB SRAM for application support. It comes in two versions: with and without an integrated antenna. This allows for implementation flexibility and the option for longer wireless range requirements.

The RYZ012 module will be certified for use in the U.S., Canada, EU, and Japan.

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2020.8.3  Renesas Collaborates with Novatek Microelectronics on Surveillance Camera Reference Design

TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today introduced an ultra-high-definition (UHD) surveillance camera reference design to address today’s high-accuracy object detection and recognition needs for video security and surveillance systems. Developed in collaboration with Novatek Microelectronics Corporation and designed by Systemtec Corporation Ltd, the reference design includes a camera image sensor (CIS) board with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF), and a high-performance image signal processing (ISP) board along with auto focus zoom lens software.

The surveillance camera reference design enables 4K resolution, excellent color imaging and better recognition accuracy of objects, including small objects in low-light conditions. Its impressive high-speed autofocus operation can also be realized with low-priced lenses. This features combination allows Systemtec to offer customers a high-performance 4K video security camera reference design and software that helps shorten their development time building a camera system with fast autofocus and enhanced imaging performance.

“An ever-increasing demand for security and surveillance camera systems drives the need for better object detection and recognition capabilities with higher imaging accuracy,” said DK Singh, Director, Systems and Solutions Team at Renesas. “Our surveillance camera with 4K resolution and PDAF function can deliver much faster autofocus results compared with conventional contrast-detection autofocus. We are excited that our close collaboration with Novatek and Systemtec makes this surveillance system reference design more accessible for customers worldwide.”

Built around Renesas’ high performance RAA462113FYL CMOS image sensor and Novatek’s dual core SoC image signal processor, the surveillance camera reference design uses several other Renesas ICs that address its signal chain electrical functions. The CIS board includes the RAA462113FYL, DC/DC buck converters, LDOs, motor driver and lens. The ISP board features the SoC and associated signal chain components.

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2020.7.29  Renesas Unveils Industry’s Highest Accuracy Optically Isolated Delta-Sigma Modulator for Industrial Automation Applications

TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the RV1S9353A optically isolated delta-sigma (ΔΣ) modulator. The RV1S9353A delivers the industry’s highest accuracy compared to other 10MHz clock output optically isolated devices. It includes a precision analog-to-digital converter with ENOB of 13.8 bits (typ) for converting an analog voltage input into a digital output one-bit data stream across the isolation barrier. The RV1S9353A connects directly to an RZ/T MPU and RX72M MCU, or other MPUs, MCUs, SoCs and FPGAs with a digital filter. The RV1S9353A is used in robotic arm controllers, as well as AC servo controllers and NC servo controllers employed in a range of smart factory equipment.

The trend toward improving control accuracy for industrial instruments is driving the demand for high-accuracy optical isolation. Renesas’ RV1S9353A meets this need with best-in-class precision sensing features, including lower offset voltage drift, higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), lower reference voltage drift vs. temperature, and higher input resistance. The modulator’s low offset voltage drift simplifies offset correction and its 5kV rms isolation and 8mm creepage distance is ideal for compact 200V and 400V motor drive equipment.

OEMs want to standardize their designs during development and design certification. The RV1S9353A addresses this requirement with 500kΩ typical input resistance making it capable of both current sensing and voltage monitoring for easier design. Best of all, the ΔΣ modulator’s digital output and connected digital filter removes the need for complex multi-component designs that use a traditional analog isolation amplifier with analog filter and several other components.

“The RV1S9353A ΔΣ modulator gives our customers the absolute highest accuracy and control needed to modernize today’s smart factories,” said Chris Stephens, Vice President of Communications & Motor Control, Industrial and Communications Business Division at Renesas. “Its higher input resistance and ability to provide both current sensing and voltage monitoring simplifies design and saves costs while meeting the UL, CSA and VDE safety standards.”

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2020.7.28  Renesas Welcomes Second Phase of Ready to Use Partner Solutions from RA Microcontroller Ecosystem

TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the second phase of new ready to use partner solutions supporting the Renesas RA Family of 32-bit Arm® Cortex®-M microcontrollers (MCUs).

Building off the first group of partners introduced in November 2019, the expanded RA partner ecosystem now features more than 50 partners and more than 30 out-of-the-box solutions representing a wide range of enabling technologies, including options for security, voice user interface, graphics, machine learning, and cloud. Each new partner building block solution is labelled with an RA READY badge indicating it is designed to solve real-world customer problems. Renesas will continue to strengthen the RA partner ecosystem with new partners and new out-of-the-box solutions.

“As designers juggle rapidly changing IoT design requirements with shrinking project timelines and budgets, the flexible platform design approach is key as it offers out-of-the-box building block options that allow designers to move forward quickly and with confidence,” said Kaushal Vora, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Global Ecosystem at Renesas. “We are excited with the collaboration started with our ecosystem partners last November, and we continue to invest in the ecosystem, offering our customers additional options to develop and bring their innovative IoT solutions to market quickly and reliably.”

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2020.7.9  Renesas Unveils Integrated LIN Interface Sensor Signal Conditioner for Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle HVAC Systems

TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today introduced the ZSSC4132 – an automotive pressure sensor solution featuring an integrated certified LIN v2.2a interface. The single-package sensor signal conditioner (SSC) delivers best-in-class performance, increased design flexibility, and cost efficiency in a compact form factor for HVAC applications used in plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), and Fuel-cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) climate control systems.

The ZSSC4132 can be configured for nearly all resistive bridge sensors. This flexibility, combined with leading performance levels, an integrated LIN PHY, small package footprint, and AEC-Q100 Grade 0 qualifications, makes the SSC ideally suited for small automotive sensor modules with limited space, tight budget and end-of-line (EOL) calibration requirements.

“HVAC plays a significant role in EV battery range, and OEMs are looking for ways to improve system efficiency while maintaining high performance and staying within tight cost constraints,” said Christian Wolf, Vice President, Automotive Sensor Business Division at Renesas. “With the ZSSC4132, customers can access a complete SSC solution that is already LIN certified, allowing them to easily and cost effectively scale their HVAC system development for mid-range up to high-end EVs and HEVs.”

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2020.7.7  Renesas Advanced Automotive SoC Adopted by Continental for Its Body High-Performance Computer

TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced that Continental has adopted Renesas’ high-performance Renesas R-Car M3 System-on-Chip (SoC) for its first-generation Body High-Performance Computer (HPC). The HPC is an automotive computing platform that provides centralized control of vehicle systems and is equipped with secure gateway functionality to enable cloud service connectivity.

The R-Car M3 supports over-the-air (OTA) software updates with the highest level of security and functional safety, making it possible to centrally control automotive software updates. The R-Car M3 also contributes to the realization of the new electrical/electronic (E/E) architecture concept that helps to improve vehicle performance, safety, and reliability while reducing vehicle weight.

“Thanks to the new server architecture, vehicles will be kept up to date easier and faster than today. We are making the vehicle an integral part of the Internet of Everything, contributing to the higher functionality and comfort in the vehicle,” said Johann Hiebl, head of the Connected Car Networking business unit at Continental. “The first generation of Continental’s Body High-Performance Computer using the high-performance R-Car SoC is already going into production at a global vehicle manufacturer.”

“Renesas focuses on achieving an optimal balance between performance and power efficiency for our automotive customers, with a view toward device adoption in high-volume vehicles,” said Shingo Yamamoto, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Automotive Solution Business Unit at Renesas. “I am delighted that Continental has recognized our commitment and adopted the R-Car M3 for use in their Body HPC. We look forward to working with Continental to promote the next-generation E/E architecture that enables end-to-end solutions based on hardware and software that are cost competitive but also highly innovative.”

Whether used for personal use, as taxis, or for mobility services such as for the distribution of goods, modern vehicles must be capable of quickly updating software in the field in order to operate efficiently and safely. Performing software updates individually on the dozens of electronic control units (ECUs) installed in a typical vehicle is very difficult. The current shift toward a new E/E architecture that utilizes a central vehicle computer to implement centralized software updates will address this challenge.

The versatile R-Car portfolio features scalability to match the requirements of a variety of vehicles and is ideal as a general automotive computing platform. In addition to the R-Car M3, which delivers 30,000 DMIPS performance, the Renesas R-Car lineup ranges from high-end devices such as the R-Car H3, which is built around eight 64-bit Arm® CPU cores and delivers high performance of 45,000 DMIPS, to the R-Car E3 delivering 7,500 DMIPS performance.

The R-Car’s virtualization functionality enables the isolation of software connecting to external cloud services and the software that controls the vehicle, enabling them to operate completely independently. This robust separation on a single chip allows the R-Car to act as a safe and secure vehicle gateway. The R-Car devices also integrate several hardware security features including secure boot and secure network communication via Ethernet to domain controller. They also feature high-speed Gigabit Ethernet to provide the data throughput required for fast software updates and increasing amount of sensor information to support ADAS functions.

In addition, the R-Car can be combined with Renesas’ RH850/U2A cross-domain microcontroller (MCU) supporting up to ASIL D functional safety and the company’s rich portfolio of automotive power management and timing solutions to form a complete solution for vehicle servers.

Renesas automotive computing platforms and cross-domain controllers that coordinate multiple ECUs are advancing the acceleration of vehicle development strategies. Moving forward, Renesas will continue to develop products with a balance of performance and power efficiency that makes them suitable for adoption in high-volume vehicles and contribute to the realization of a safe and secure society based on mobility.

To read the Continental’s press release, please visit here.

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2020.7.2  Renesas Adds Leading Power Efficiency to Ultra-Low Power Embedded Controller RE Family

TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today expanded its RE Family lineup of embedded controllers with a new ultra-low power consumption member based on Renesas’ breakthrough silicon-on-thin-buried-oxide ( SOTB™) process technology and built around the Arm® Cortex®-M0+ core. The newest member of the RE01 Group lineup is a 256 kilobytes (KB) flash memory variant in addition to the 1.5 megabytes (MB) flash memory embedded controller, already in mass production. Featuring a minimum 3.16 mm × 2.88 mm WLBGA package size, the new embedded controller is optimized for use in more compact product designs in IoT devices for sensor control, for applications such as smart homes, smart buildings, environmental sensing, structure monitoring, trackers, and wearable devices.

The new embedded controller received a certified EEMBC® ULPMark™-CoreProfile (CP) score of 705, verifying its world’s top-class energy efficiency (Note 1). This high score was achieved through the use of Renesas’ proprietary SOTB process technology, which enables extreme reduction in both active and standby current consumption.

“We are very pleased that the RE Family embedded controller’s ultra-low power consumption was officially certified,” said Hiroto Nitta, Senior Vice President, Head of SoC Business, IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit at Renesas. “We hope that this will lead to a wider adoption of the RE family, expanding the battery life of embedded devices and relieving more customers of their battery maintenance burden.”

The new embedded controller features current consumption as low as 25 μA/MHz during operation and 400 nA during standby, placing it among the world’s leaders in ultra-low current consumption. Customers can further reduce operation current consumption to 12 μA/MHz by using Renesas’ ultra-low Iq ISL9123 as an external step-down regulator.

With ultra-low power consumption, RE Family embedded controllers can dramatically extend the battery life of embedded devices. They are also capable of high-speed operation in applications that require real-time data processing from multiple sensors, even when powered by compact batteries with very small current output or by energy harvesting devices. Currently available RE Family MCUs with 1.5 MB of flash memory are optimal for applications requiring a large memory capacity, such as image data processing or wireless firmware updating via wireless communication, while the new RE01 Group is optimal for compact devices and IoT devices for sensor control.

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2020.6.25  Renesas Introduces Rugged and High Performance 100V Half-Bridge MOSFET Drivers

TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today expanded its popular ZMOD4410 Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) sensor platform with the power of embedded artificial intelligence (e-AI), enabling smart odor sensing for ventilation systems, bathroom monitoring and controls, and air quality monitors.

The enhanced platform combines neural network-trained firmware on various microcontrollers (MCUs), such as the Renesas RL78 MCU, to provide higher resolution measurement results. With these new capabilities, the ZMOD4410 platform is capable of not only detecting gases that indicate the presence of odors in small enclosed rooms with higher accuracy and improved part-to-part deviation, but can also distinguish between sulfur- and ethanol-based odors. The updates are the first in a family of e-AI-based firmware solutions from Renesas.

“The IAQ market’s demand for higher accuracy, improved performance, and greater flexibility to address application-specific requirements continues to rise, as customers prioritize part-to-part consistency for this market success,” said Uwe Guenther, Senior Director, Sensing Solutions, IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit at Renesas. “Our multi-dimensional sensor approach enables the updated ZMOD4410 platform to be more accurate and selective by applying AI-based capabilities to smart sensing, which gives customers the high accuracy, high flexibility options they need to customize their ventilation and odor monitoring and control systems, and provide consumers with a more enjoyable environment.”

Renesas’ unique software-configurable ZMOD platform provides greater design flexibility for smart sensing systems, allowing firmware updates in the field that enable new, application-specific capabilities such as selective measurements to detect volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The new firmware updates enable IAQ measurement within international guidelines, allowing customers to measure total VOCs (TVOCs) and IAQ in the low parts-per-million range (ppm). The higher accuracy and consistency provides improved estimated Carbon Dioxide (eCO2) levels. The ZMOD4410 AI firmware has been implemented on a Renesas RL78 MCU, but can also be implemented on any Renesas MCU – including RE, RA, or RX devices – or other general-purpose MCUs.

The ZMOD4410’s combination of programmability, best-in-class stability, and sensitivity in measuring VOCs makes it an excellent solution for a wide range of IAQ applications, including smart HVAC systems, ventilator fans, and bathroom lights and switches. The ZMOD4410 is based on proven metal oxide (MOx) material and each sensor is electrically and chemically tested to ensure consistency from lot to lot, an important advantage for manufacturers with long production runs. The ZMOD4410 devices are also highly resistant to siloxanes for superior reliability use in harsh applications.

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