Renesas Electronics First to Achieve UL Certification of Hardware Safety Features for UL 60730-1 Compliance

  Renesas Electronics First to Achieve UL Certification of Hardware Safety
  Features for UL 60730-1 Compliance

    UL Pre-certified Hardware Inside RL78 MCUs Offers Household Appliance
   Manufacturers Optimum Performance and Faster System-Level Certification

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- April 24, 2013

Renesas Electronics America, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor
solutions, today announced that its RL78 MCU Family has received certification
for the UL60730 standard for its hardware safety features. The RL78 family of
MCUs is designed to deliver performance and power-efficiency while
incorporating advanced on-chip peripherals, enabling customers to build
compact and energy-efficient systems at lower cost. This value paired with the
extensive support for safety standards makes the products ideal for appliance
applications such as white goods.

“As embedded systems become more interconnected and interdependent,
requirements for safety compliance are increasing for many markets, such as
appliances, industrial automation, automotive and medical,” said Ritesh Tyagi,
Senior director, Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. “Safety is
becoming an essential characteristic of all smart systems. With pre-certified
MCUs, designers can focus on system-level certification, facilitating the
creation of products that help enable the Smart Society.”

“UL is committed to meeting the business needs of all component manufacturers
in the safety supply chain for safety critical systems and sub-systems. This
certification gives OEMs the confidence that an RL78 MCU has built-in hardware
features to help them meet the functional safety requirements corresponding to
Class B control functions,” said Doug Lockard, Global Director - Appliances
for UL LLC. “More simply put, when designing a safety related control in an
application that requires UL60730-1 compliance, the fact that UL has already
determined that these hardware features comply with Class B requirements will
greatly reduce design time and effort in every downstream link in the supply

The UL60730 safety standard certifies several RL78 hardware features,
including: the Window Watchdog Timer (WDT) circuit, the RAM Parity Error Check
detection circuit, the CRC circuit, the RAM/SFR Guard Circuit, and the A/D
Self-test circuit. These safety features help engineers reduce design
complexity by minimizing software overhead that is typically required by
self-test routines. This translates to less code and lower memory requirements
for self-testing, and more deterministic product performance. Integrated
safety hardware also reduces overall system costs because no external
components such as watchdog timer (WDT), or references for analog circuit
testing are required.

About the RL78 MCU Family

RL78 is Renesas Electronics'latest generation of microcontrollers based on a
16-bit low power architecture. RL78 is designed specifically for ultra-low
powerapplications enabling customers to build compact and energy-efficient
systemsat lower cost.The platform lineup offersproducts from 2KB to 512KB
on board flash memory with many application specificperipherals for
industrial and consumer applications

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

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