Renesas Electronics Releases One of the World’s First USB-IF Certified USB 3.0 Hub Controller

  Renesas Electronics Releases One of the World’s First USB-IF Certified USB
  3.0 Hub Controller

New Hub Controller Certification Complements Renesas’ USB 3.0 Host Controller,
        Expanding Renesas’ SuperSpeed Leadership and Ecosystem Support

Business Wire

TOKYO & SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- December 18, 2012

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a premier provider of advanced
semiconductor solutions, today announced that its latest Universal Serial Bus
3.0 (USB 3.0) hub controller (part number uPD720210) has passed USB 3.0
compliance and certification testing by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF).
It is one of the world’s first USB 3.0 hub controllers to achieve this
recognition, following Renesas’ world’s first USB 3.0 host controller
certification in 2009.

The “Certified SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0)” certification from the USB-IF offers
manufacturers and consumers the assurance that the device will function in
accordance with the specification and will interoperate with the billions of
USB-enabled devices that exist in the market today. Renesas has continued its
effort to create USB certified devices, including its world's first certified
USB 3.0 xHCI (eXtensive Host Controller Interface) controller (part number
uPD720200), its three descendants, and a USB 3.0 SATA bridge (part number
uPD720230). Renesas Electronics now offers six USB-IF-certified USB 3.0
products, which will pave the way for the swell of industry support for the
USB 3.0 standard.

Leadership in USB

As a member of the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) since 1996, Renesas
Electronics (formerly NEC Electronics) has played a leading role both in
defining USB standards and in developing USB technology. In April 2000, the
company (then NEC Electronics) launched the uPD720100 (the world's first USB
2.0-compliant host controller chip), the uPD720110, (the world's first USB
2.0-compliant hub controller chip) and an extensive lineup of other USB
devices, and has earned a reputation for delivering dedicated customer service
and high quality.

In May 2009, Renesas Electronics (then NEC Electronics) introduced the
industry's first USB 3.0 xHCI host controller and, only after four months of
its release, the company became the world's first to earn the “Certified
SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0)” certification from the USB-IF, and also started mass
production of the uPD720200 host controller. Renesas contributed to the USB-IF
certification tests, providing the organization with the host controller
products as the platform for other USB 3.0 device certification.

"The USB-IF is pleased that Renesas has achieved certification for its USB 3.0
hub controller (uPD720210)," said Jeff Ravencraft, President & COO, USB-IF.
"USB certification is a key factor to ensuring interoperability across the
growing SuperSpeed USB landscape. Renesas has been a strong supporter of USB
device standardization efforts from the beginning of the USB-IF, and its
contributions continue to help drive the development and growth of the USB 3.0
ecosystem."

Availability

Samples of Renesas Electronics' USB-IF-certified uPD720210 hub controller are
available now, priced at US$3.50 per unit. (Pricing and availability are
subject to change without notice.)

About Renesas Electronics Corporation

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world's number one supplier
of microcontrollers, is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions
including microcontrollers, SoC solutions and a broad range of analog and
power devices. Business operations began as Renesas Electronics in April 2010
through the integration of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) and Renesas
Technology Corp., with operations spanning research, development, design and
manufacturing for a wide range of applications. Headquartered in Japan,
Renesas Electronics has subsidiaries in 20 countries worldwide. More
information can be found at www.renesas.com.

About the USB-IF

The non-profit USB Implementers Forum, Inc. was formed to provide a support
organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of USB technology.
USB-IF facilitates the development of high-quality, compatible USB devices
through its logo and compliance program recognized around the globe and
promotes the benefits of USB and the quality of products that have passed
compliance testing. Further information, including postings of the most recent
product and technology announcements, is available by visiting the USB-IF
website at www.usb.org.

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Contact:

U.S Contact:
Voce Communications, a Porter Novelli Company
Jessica Kerr, 415-975-2213
Jessica.kerr@porternovelli.com
or
Japan Contact:
Renesas Electronics Corporation
Ai Kanehira, + 81-3-6756-5555
ai.kanehira.xw@renesas.com
 
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