New RZ Family From Renesas Offers Industry’s Largest On-Chip RAM in ARM®
Cortex™-A9 Microprocessor for Embedded Imaging Applications
On-Chip 10MB RAM Enables Low-Power, Low-Cost Embedded Display Applications Up
to WXGA (1280x768) Resolution by Removing the Need for External DRAM Memory
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- June 20, 2013
Renesas Electronics America, a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor
solutions, today introduced the RZ/A1 group of ARM® Cortex™-A9 microprocessors
(MPUs) for automotive, consumer and industrial applications that require rich
user interfaces with high-resolution displays. Target applications include
automotive infotainment, home appliances, control panels, medical displays,
machine vision, barcode imagers and printers. The RZ/A series will have three
product groups: RZ/A1H, RZ/A1M and RZ/A1L with 10MB, 5MB and 3MB of on-chip
“As we move towards a Smart society, it is becoming increasingly critical to
provide complete solutions for human machine interface (HMI) without
sacrificing energy efficiency, performance and time to market,” said Ritesh
Tyagi, senior director, microcontroller products, Renesas Electronics America.
“We are expanding our relationship with ARM® for the development of the new
Renesas RZ/A1 microprocessor family and partnering with leading ecosystem
vendors to help our customers innovate faster and further reduce system
For embedded imaging applications, customers are demanding a rich and
easy-to-use graphical interface and a wide array of connectivity options.
Higher display resolutions increase system memory requirements, forcing system
designers to use external DRAM memory, which in turn drives up system power
and cost. The high complexity of the DRAM-based designs increases the
customer’s time to market. Further, frequent upgrades in DRAM technologies
affect the procurement stability needed to support the long product life
cycles of industrial and automotive products.
The new Renesas RZ/A1 group features a high-performance ARM® Cortex™-A9 core
operating at 400MHz and a large 10MB on-chip RAM that can buffer the data
needed to drive displays up to WXGA (1280x768) without the need for external
DRAM memory. By eliminating the external DRAM memory, system BOM cost and
power are significantly reduced. The lack of external DRAM reduces the number
of switching signals and mitigates electromagnetic interference (EMI)
concerns. System designs become simpler, enabling customers to bring their
products to market quicker. Procurement stability concerns are alleviated by
the long life offered by Renesas on its products.
The Renesas RZ/A1 group offers large integrated on-chip RAM from 3MB to 10MB.
By using on-chip RAM memory instead of external DRAM, the static power
consumption of the device is reduced significantly. The on-chip memory can be
accessed by high-speed multi-layer internal buses, which enable high data
throughput needed for the graphics applications.
The RZ/A1 group inherits its peripheral set from the Renesas SH7260 series
that has a proven track record in a wide range of HMI applications. To handle
animations efficiently, the RZ/A1 family has a 2D graphics acceleration engine
that conforms to the OpenVG 1.1 interface. Other imaging peripherals include
JPEG encoder/decoder, digital and analog video input interfaces, and LCD
controllers with support for multiple image layers. The RZ/A1 family supports
several connectivity options including CAN, Ethernet, high-speed USB 2.0 and
By using the ARM® Cortex™-A9 core, the new devices benefit from a large global
ecosystem of hardware and software development tools and partners. Renesas is
partnering with several leading technology partners including IAR systems,
Green Hills Software, ARM, Express Logic, Micrium, and Altia to provide tools
and middleware solutions for real-time operating systems (RTOS), networking,
USB, graphics and file systems.
In an industry first, Renesas and ARM are jointly developing a version of the
real-time OS of the Cortex™-M, RTX CMSIS (Cortex Microcontroller Software
Interface Standard)-RTOS, for the Cortex-A. This facilitates transition of
application software developed from Cortex-M processors to Cortex-A processors
and provides customers the ability to easily upscale performance.
“ARM is pleased that Renesas is widening its ARM processor-based product
portfolio,” said Keith Clarke, vice president, Embedded Processors, Processor
Division, ARM. “Recognizing the importance of the market for automotive and
industrial applications, ARM and Renesas have adapted the CMSIS-RTOS RTX to
work with ARM Cortex-A series processors for the first time. The combination
of Renesas’ deep experience in the embedded business, with ARM’s low-power
processor technology and productivity-enhancing software tools, will enable
our mutual customers to develop many more attractive solutions for automotive
and industrial applications.”
For more information, please visit the RZ product website at
The list of RZ launch partners can be found at
Samples of select RZ/A1L and RZ/A1H products will be available starting in
July 2013. For pricing or additional information, please contact Renesas
Electronics America at PR_America@renesas.com. (Availability subject to change
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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. Renesas Electronics America
also offers the global manufacturing capabilities and fab network of its
parent company. 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 athttp://am.renesas.com.
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