Synopsys Delivers VDK for Renesas RH850 MCUs

                 Synopsys Delivers VDK for Renesas RH850 MCUs

Joint Center of Excellence Produces Virtualizer Development Kit Enabling Early
Software Development, System Integration and Test for RH850-based Automotive

PR Newswire

MOUNTAINVIEW, Calif., May 23, 2013

MOUNTAINVIEW, Calif., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


  oNew VDK for Renesas' RH850 MCU accelerates software development, system
    integration and test for a broad range of automotive applications
  oSeamless integration with tools such as Mathworks' Simulink® product,
    Synopsys' Saber and Vector's CANoe enables virtual Hardware-in-the-Loop
    (HIL) and fault testing
  oVDK can be customized to represent any RH850 MCU including the F1x, E1x,
    C1x and P1x series with the Synopsys Virtualizer™ tool set

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and
services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today
announced the availability of the Virtualizer Development Kit (VDK) for
Renesas RH850 MCUs to accelerate software development, system integration and
test for RH850-based automotive applications such as body, powertrain/hybrid
and chassis/safety control. VDKs are software development kits integrating
design-specific virtual prototypes with software debug and analysis tools. The
new VDK is the first commercial deliverable from the Center of Excellence
collaboration between Renesas and Synopsys. The VDK enables automotive
engineers designing RH850-based electronic control units (ECUs) to start
developing, integrating and testing software months before ECU hardware is
available, resulting in higher product quality and reduced development cost.

"The availability of the Synopsys VDK for Renesas' RH850 MCU marks a key
milestone in our long-term collaboration and provides developers of
RH850-based applications a productive software development solution," said
Akihiko Watanabe, Department Manager of Automotive Electronics Core Technology
Department, Automotive Solutions Business Division, 1^st Solution Business
Unit at Renesas Electronics Corporation. "As software content and complexity
in automotive ECUs continues to grow, our customers can take advantage of
leading virtual prototyping technology that has been adapted for the RH850
family, so they can start their software development tasks earlier and
accelerate system integration, test and validation."

Renesas' RH850 MCUs are an advanced family of scalable, 32-bit
microcontrollers that have been specially tuned for the performance and
reliability requirements of a wide variety of automotive applications such as
safety, body and engine control, driver interfaces and infotainment. The VDK
for RH850 MCU includes reference virtual prototypes representing a
microcontroller, including single and multicore versions of the RH850, timers,
memories, communication blocks such as LIN, CAN and Ethernet and analog and
error control modules. The initial release of the new VDK includes a virtual
prototype following the F1x MCU memory map. The virtual prototype can be
modified to represent other RH850 MCU series and to create additional VDKs,
such as E1x, C1x and P1x, with the Virtualizer tool set. The VDK for RH850 MCU
readily integrates with tools such as Mathworks Simulink, Synopsys Saber,
Vector CANoe and third party debuggers, enabling system integration and test
using a virtual Hardware-in-the-Loop environment and fault and coverage
testing in support of the ISO 26262 safety standard.

"It's gratifying to see two industry leaders like Renesas and Synopsys commit
their unique expertise to deliver a solution that improves the productivity of
design teams doing software development as well as system integration and
test," said John Koeter, Vice President of Marketing for IP and Systems at
Synopsys. "The new VDK for Renesas' RH850 MCU seamlessly integrates into
existing software development flows, making it easy for engineering teams
throughout the automotive supply chain to deploy and achieve higher levels of
product reliability, reduce overall development cost and shorten design

Availability & Resources

The VDK for Renesas RH850 MCU is available immediately from Synopsys.

Learn more about the Renesas RH850 VDK:


About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) accelerates innovation in the global electronics
market. As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor
IP, its software, IP and services help engineers address their design,
verification, system and manufacturing challenges. Since 1986, engineers
around the world have been using Synopsys technology to design and create
billions of chips and systems. Learn more at

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