Renesas Electronics Announces R-Car H2, Offering Highest CPU and Graphics Performance for the Automotive Infotainment Market

  Renesas Electronics Announces R-Car H2, Offering Highest CPU and Graphics
  Performance for the Automotive Infotainment Market

     R-Car H2 Offers a Complete Solution for the Next-Generation High-End
                      Multimedia and Navigation Systems

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- March 25, 2013

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a premier supplier of advanced
semiconductor solutions, and Renesas Mobile Corporation, a leading supplier of
advanced cellular semiconductor solutions and platforms, today announced the
availability of a new member of the R-Car Series of automotive Systems-on-Chip
(SoCs). Capable of delivering more than 25,000 DMIPS, the R-Car H2 provides
high performance and state-of-the-art 3D graphics capabilities for high-end
multimedia and navigation automotive systems. The R-Car H2 is powered by the
ARM® Cortex™A-15 quad-core configuration running an additional ARM® Cortex™A-7
quad-core – the industry’s first implementation of a Quad ARM® Cortex A15 and
the big.LITTLE processing technique in an automotive SoC.

R-Car H2 (Photo: Business Wire)

R-Car H2 (Photo: Business Wire)

Powerful media hardware accelerators enable features like 4 x HD 1080p video
en/decoding including Blu-Ray support at 60 frames per second, image/voice
recognition and high-resolution 3D graphics with almost no CPU load. These
implemented hardware modules also execute the display content improvements
needed for human-machine interface (HMI)/navigation data in parallel to
Movie/DVD handling.

The R-Car H2 also features the Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series6 G6400
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). This is the first worldwide implementation of
the GPU into an automotive SoC, which demonstrates the state-of-the-art 3D
graphics capability of the R-Car series. The R-Car H2 offers one of the best
graphic performance solutions in the automotive embedded market. This GPU is
ready to not only support open technologies like OpenGL ES 2.0, but also the
OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL standards. Support of the Open graphics standards
combined with the R-Car H2’s cutting-edge IP and other features makes it the
perfect platform to develop next-generation infotainment systems.

Renesas’ IMP-X4 core, implemented in R-Car H2 as an optional feature, provides
real-time image processing that enables developers to support the emerging
trend of augmented reality. In order to fully benefit from the IMP-X4 core,
the R-Car H2 also supports up to four independent input camera channels,
allowing easy implementations of 360º camera views and image recognition, just
an example of the possible driver assistance functions. OpenCV support for
IMP-X4 will also be offered. The R-Car H2 offers the highest level of
integration of advanced safety concepts and infotainment features in the
automotive market today.

The highly efficient bus architecture of the R-Car H2 includes dedicated CPU
and IP caches, enabling Renesas to reduce the DDR3 memory bandwidth
consumption. In order to ensure adequate memory bandwidth, the R-Car H2 is
equipped with two independent DDR3-1600 32-bit interfaces. This allows for
much more efficient access to different content simultaneously, compared to a
single 64-bit DDR interface. The R-Car family aspires to provide users with
the highest capable multitasking processing solution on the automotive market

In developing the R-Car series of SoCs, Renesas has leveraged the experiences
with mobile products, where there is a strong focus on power consumption
reductions. The applied technologies of these mobile products are transferred
to Renesas’ automotive SoCs to provide unique and effective power optimization
and handling.

The R-Car H2 integrates advanced automotive interfaces like Ethernet AVB,
MOST-150 and CAN and mass storage interfaces like SATA, USB3.0/2.0, SDcard and
PCI Express for system expansion. As a device option, the GPS baseband engine
handles all modern navigation standards. Even here, the integration level of
R-Car H2 doesn’t stop. A 24-bit DSP for codec, high-quality audio processing
with hardware sample rate converters and audio mixing is part of the enormous
function coverage. The Renesas R-Car family provides the highest level of
advanced automotive peripherals in the market today. The Renesas Ethernet AVB
solution achieves the fullest implementation of Ethernet AVB on the market,
offering the Full Ethernet AVB specification and meeting the specification
requirement demands of the automotive market.

With the R-Car H2, Renesas provides not only extremely powerful performance
but also a robust ecosystem, including board support packages (BSPs),
middleware, development environment and partner solutions, which enables quick
prototyping and drastic reduction of high-end product development costs.

“1st generation R-Car series products are well accepted in the car
infotainment market,” said Ryuji Omura, Executive Manager, Renesas Electronics
Corporation. “To cover various customer demands, 2nd generation of R-Car, such
as R-Car H2, is aimed at the further expansion of Eco-system with a number of
our partners including embedded OS, middleware and Tool vendors.”

The R-Car H2’s multi-core architecture allows customers to implement real-time
features, such as quick-boot, backup camera support, and media processing,
parallel to the execution of advanced operating systems such as QNX® Neutrino®
RTOS, Windows® Embedded Automotive or Linux. Renesas continuous close
collaboration with industry-leading Operating System vendors means that the
customers' toolboxes are full with the features and development tools they
need to rapidly create and bring to market differentiated high-performance

“Renesas and QNX Software Systems have had a long and successful relationship
in helping automotive customers deliver state-of-the-art infotainment
systems,” said John Wall, vice president, engineering services, QNX Software
Systems. “The new R-Car H2 automotive SoC demonstrates why we value Renesas so
highly as a partner — it reflects a deep understanding of customer
requirements and addresses performance requirements of next-generation
infotainment systems. We look forward to having the QNX CAR™ application
platform supported by the R-Car H2.”

“The R-CAR H2 brings together a powerful multi-domain architecture to meet the
demands of high-end next generation Automotive Infotainment Systems,” said
Glenn Perry, General Manager of the Embedded Software Division at Mentor
Graphics. “We look forward to working with Renesas, Automotive Tier One
Suppliers and OEMs to deliver optimized Linux-based Infotainment Platforms for
the application domain and a high performance solution for the real-time
domain based on the widely adopted Nucleus RTOS.”

“The collaboration with Renesas offers Elektrobit (EB)customers a
ready-to-use solution for future automotive HMI development, through one of
the worldwide leading systems on chips (SoC) platforms for next-generation car
infotainment systems. The integrated GPU (Graphic processing unit) is suitable
for demanding 3D graphics applications; it offers one of the best graphical
performances in the embedded market,” said Martin Schleicher, Vice President
Infotainment Products, Elektrobit.

R-Car 2nd ^  Generation Launch Partners

Altera Corporation                   Micron Technology, Inc.
ArcherMind Technology Co.,Ltd        Microsoft Corporation
BSQUARE Corporation                  Opera Software ASA
Cinemo GmbH                          QNX Software Systems
Digital Theater Systems, Inc.        Spansion Inc.
Elektrobit Corporation               Tata Elxsi Limited
Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc.    Tensilica, Inc.
Jasmin Infotech Japan                Wind River Systems, Inc.
Lauterbach GmbH                      SNOW(上海龍的信息系統有限公司)
Mentor Graphics Corporation          RisingTek(瑞宣科技股份有限公司)


Samples of the Renesas R-Car H2 SoC are available from today, equipped in a
831-pin FCBGA (flip chip ball grid array) package. Mass production is
scheduled for mid-2014. (Availability is 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
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