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Renesas Electronics Announces R-Car M2 with Increased Performance for Mid-Range Automotive HMI, Infotainment, and Integrated

  Renesas Electronics Announces R-Car M2 with Increased Performance for
  Mid-Range Automotive HMI, Infotainment, and Integrated Dashboard Solutions

    Plans to Expand R-Car Consortium to More Than 120 Partner Companies by
                                December 2013

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- September 26, 2013

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) today announced the availability of
the R-Car M2 automotive Systems-on-Chip (SoC), designed to address growing
integrated dashboard and information device market demands. Capable of
delivering more than 12,000 DMIPS (Note 1) and twice the graphics performance
of previous generation high-end devices, the R-Car M2 supports high-definition
navigation, real-time voice control and other advanced features to provide
enhanced connected user experiences within the car.

An R-Car M2 software development board is also now under development and will
be available in December 2013 to further simplify and speed the development
cycle for designers working with the R-Car M2 SoC. With the newest member of
its R-Car series, Renesas aims to expand and reinforce the ecosystem (Note 2)
led by the R-Car Consortium, the partner program of operating system (OS) and
software providers.

“The new R-Car M2 features a dual ARM® Cortex™ A-15 core and Renesas SH-4A
core configuration – a CPU combination that delivers both the performance and
pricing desired for mid-range automotive solutions,” said Tatsuya Nishihara,
Vice President, Chief of Automotive Solutions Business Division Renesas
Electronics Corporation. “In addition, Renesas continues to expand the R-Car
ecosystem, adding new partners to our R-Car Consortium and strengthening
strategic alliances to provide customers the tools they need to quickly and
cost-effectively bring their differentiated solutions to market.”

The new R-Car M2 SoC exceeds the previous high-end R-Car H1, with more than
three times the enhanced CPU and approximately 6 times the graphics capacity
and three times the memory bus function compared to the previous R-Car M1. In
addition, the software package utilizes the software developed on R-Car H2.

Automotive information devices today integrate IT such as cloud computing with
smartphones, and functions for safety such as around-view monitoring with
onboard camera to offer drivers higher security, safety, and conformity. As
integrated dashboard systems improve and become more and complex, automakers
require higher performance, function, and product quality. This results in
higher difficulty in hardware/software development, rising development cost,
longer development period, and difficulty in maintaining product quality.

Renesas’ R-Car Series of automotive SoCs addresses these evolving automotive
needs. Renesas introduced the first gen-2 product, the R-Car H2 for high-end
applications, in March 2013. With the R-Car M2 SoC, Renesas continues to
develop robust solutions designed to support the growing demand for “smarter”,
feature-rich in-car systems. To help improve the user’s development
efficiency, Renesas has organized an R-Car consortium that includes OS and
middleware providers, and system integrators to support development in
automotive information device manufacturers. In addition to the new SoC,
Renesas plans to expand the R-Car Consortium, doubling overseas partners from
15 to 30, and a total number of partner companies from 99 to 120, by the end
of December 2013.

Together with the R-Car M2 SoC, Renesas plans to introduce a low-cost
development tool supporting the product to expand to R-Car Consortium partners
especially those overseas, and to solve the difficulties regarding
development.

Key features of the R-Car M2 and integrated dashboard solution:

(1) Capable of delivering more than 12,000 DMIPS and twice the graphics
performance of high-end products

The 2+1 structure of two state-of-the-art CPUs – Cortex-A15 and SH-4A –
realizes more than 12,000 DMIPS. Simultaneous operation of high-end functions
such as high-definition navigation, intelligent browsing or precise speech
recognition is compatible with real-time responses to drivers’ requests.

The highest performance is realized by upgrading to the PowerVR™ SGX544MP2
from Imagination Technologies and by raising the operating frequency from 250
MHz to 520 MHz. The system supports high-resolution/high-definition display as
well as simultaneous drawing to multiple displays.

(2) Optimized functions to mid-range automotive information devices to realize
software compatibility in the product family

The total cost is minimized by integrating functions required in
next-generation, mid-range automotive information device in one chip. The
R-Car M2 shares not only the function IP but also the memory map with R-Car
H2, to unify the driver and middleware, and also software development and
control to R-Car H2/M2, which contributes to the reduction of development cost
and development time.

(3) Offers low-cost software development board to expand development partners

The evaluation board for SoC functions was previously used in software
development with the partners. A low-cost software development board prepared
with 1/5 the cost of the previous board is currently in development,
concentrating on functions for software development by the partners. The board
is to be released in December 2013. Renesas offers packaged standard software
such as driver or middleware to support customer development of application or
system integration in cooperation with R-Car Consortium partner companies.

The R-Car M2 device and the ecosystem are regarded as a solution for improving
users’ development efficiency, developing more complicated automotive
information devices. Renesas will work on further sales and partner expansion,
with plans to grow its R-Car Consortium, increasing the number of partner
companies from 99 to 120 by December 2013, including double the number of
overseas partners, from 15 to 30.

Pricing and Availability

Samples of the Renesas R-Car M2 SoC are available now, equipped in an 831-pin
FCBGA (flip chip ball grid array) package. Mass production is scheduled to
begin in June 2015 and is expected to reach a combined production volume of
500,000 units per month by June 2016. A low-cost development board
implementing the R-Car M2 will be available from December 2013. (Availability
is subject to change without notice.)

(Note 1) DMIPS (Dhrystone Million Per Second): One of the computer performance
index calculated from Dhrystone benchmark program.

(Note 2) Ecosystem: The collectivity of development tools such as OS, compiler
and debugger, developers, and solution providers focusing on a CPU
architecture.

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.

(Remarks) A PowerVR SGX is a registered trademark of Imagination Technologies
in the EU and other countries. ARM and Cortex are registered trademarks or
trademarks of ARM Limited. Other product and service names that appear in this
press release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
owners.

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