Renesas Electronics America and Grid2Home Develop Smart, Energy-Efficient SEP 2.0 MCU and PHY Solutions

  Renesas Electronics America and Grid2Home Develop Smart, Energy-Efficient
  SEP 2.0 MCU and PHY Solutions

         Partnership Produces First-to-Market SEP 2.0 Compliant MCUs

Renesas DevCon 2012

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- October 24, 2012

Renesas Electronics America Inc., the premier supplier of advanced
semiconductor solutions, and Grid2Home, a leading software communications
company, reiterated their dedication to continued collaboration on the
creation of Smart Energy Protocol (SEP) 2.0-compliant solutions. In an
industry-first move, the companies have ported SEP 2.0 to Renesas’
microcontrollers (MCUs) and multiple PHYs (IEEE802.15.4 RF, IEEE802.11b RF and
NB-FSK PLC (SAE J 2931/2) frequency shift keying (FSK), and power line
communication (PLC). Grid2Home was a key developer of the SEP 2.0 energy
alliance standard specification, widely adopted by industry leaders and a
forthcoming industry requirement. Renesas’ partnership with Grid2Home resulted
in Renesas’ first-to-market advantage in SEP 2.0-compliant products for the
smart vehicle, smart meter, smart appliance and home area network (HAN)
markets.

“SEP 2.0 will enable smart devices such as appliances, electric vehicles,
solar panels and wind turbines to communicate with one another within the HAN
and ultimately back to the energy utility,” said Mike Bourton, founder and
vice president of business development at Grid2Home. “This partnership
encourages the development of technology solutions that will interact more
efficiently, safely and intuitively than previously possible.”

Grid2Home has been active in helping Renesas participate in proof-of-concept
designs and mutual customer engagements. Co-developed demonstrations include a
Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)
communication exhibition, and a smart meter to In-Home-Display (IHD) and
Programmable Communication Thermostat (PCT) communication presentation.

“Grid2Home has been a key driver in the development of SEP2.0, which will be a
common requirement for any device in the HAN, including smart meters and
appliances,” said Ritesh Tyagi, senior director, Microcontroller Products &
Solutions Marketing, Renesas Electronics America. “SEP 2.0 running over
multiple PHYs is required in order for Renesas to offer complete and
competitive solutions, and we’re pleased to have this first-mover advantage.”

Amrit Vivekanand, senior director, Automotive Business Unit, Renesas
Electronics America, added, “As EVs become more prevalent, it is essential to
charge them responsibly and efficiently to minimize disruption to the electric
grid and use less power. Renesas’ SEP 2.0 solutions will enable this
intelligent charging process by communicating between the vehicle, EVSE and
smart energy meter.”

Renesas and G2H SEP 2.0-Compliant Demos

Renesas Electronics America and Grid2Home will highlight technologies that are
enabling a Smart Society at the Renesas Electronics DevCon 2012 being held in
Orange County, Calif., October 22-25. For the latest Renesas DevCon details
and activities, visit www.Renesas.com, follow @RenesasAmerica on Twitter or
join the DevCon community on Facebook.

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. In the Americas, Renesas
Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type active-matrix LCD
modules from NLT Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display
technologies. More information about the products offered by Renesas
Electronics America can be found at http://am.renesas.com.

About Grid2Home

Grid2Home is a communications software company at the forefront of Smart Grid
connectivity technologies. Used across a range of devices such as smart
meters, appliances and electric vehicles, the standards-compliant G2H-SE2
Software is portable across all major semiconductor platforms and physical
layers including 802.15.4, 802.15.4g, 802.11 and Power Line Communications,
allowing maximum product development flexibility and easy integration for
Smart Grid device manufacturers. Active in driving Smart Energy Profile (SEP
2) communications standards for the Home Area Network (HAN), the Grid2Home
management team and board of directors bring an unmatched combination of
business savvy and communications protocol expertise to the fast-growing Smart
Grid market. For more information see  www.grid2home.com.

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