Linux Foundation Announces Renesas Electronics Becomes Gold Member

Linux Foundation Announces Renesas Electronics Becomes Gold Member 
World's No. 1 Microcontroller Supplier and Manufacturer Increases
Commitment to Linux Community and Advances Embedded Linux 
TOKYO, JAPAN -- (Marketwired) -- 05/20/14 --  LinuxCon Japan -- The
Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to
accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today
announced that Renesas Electronics Corporation is increasing its
engagement with Linux and The Linux Foundation to become a Gold
Member. The company joins existing Linux Foundation Gold members
China Mobile, Cisco, Citrix, ETRI, Google, Hitachi, Huawei, NetApp,
NYSE Technologies, Panasonic, SUSE, Toyota and Verizon Terremark. 
Renesas Electronics is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor
solutions, including microcontrollers (MCUs), systems-on-chip (SoC)
solutions and a broad range of analog and power devices. A Linux
Foundation member since 2011, the Japan-based company focuses on
next-generation automotive, and other increasingly sophisticated
electronics that are running Linux. 
As a leading provider of semiconductors for the automotive industry,
Renesas' products are playing a key role in smart car developments.
Encouraged by recent IHS Automotive estimates that global sales of
Linux in automotive will rise to 53.7 million units by 2020, Renesas
is aggressively investing in the open source OS as it gains traction
with infotainment systems. For example, Renesas provides the latest
state-of-the-art 3D graphics technology with its R-Car
Systems-on-Chip lineup. 
"Linux and collaborative development are the optimal ways to provide
higher value and address increased system complexity," said Hisao
Munakata, Executive Manager of Automotive Information System Business
Division, Renesas Electronics Corporation.  
"Our Linux engagement directly maps to growth in embedded industries.
Deepening our ties with the Linux Foundation will help us create a
whole new level of IT interoperability to radically transform
emissions, safety, convenience and vehicle connectivity and
One of the first companies to participate in the Automotive Grade
Linux project, Renesas recently upped its engagement in the
Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup focused on optimizing Linux for
automotive use. Working with other industry leaders such as Hitachi,
LG Electronics, Qualcomm Atheros and others, Renesas also co-founded
the LTSI kernel, a crucial initiative working to create a usable
platform for the majority of embedded systems. 
Renesas is participating in LinuxCon Japan today in Tokyo and
contributes to the Consumer Electronics Workgroup and the Yocto
Project, a complete embedded Linux development environment within the
Linux Foundation. 
"Renesas is a long-time Linux Foundation supporter that recognizes
the power of collaborative development to advance embedded Linux
opportunities in the market," said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director,
The Linux Foundation. "Their increased Linux investment is a
testament to its strategic value within today's modern semiconductor
industry that's producing powerful new industrial and automotive
applications and explosive growth with tablets, smartphones, and
hundreds of other connected devices."  
About The Linux Foundation  
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering
the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. Founded
in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus
Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating
system and collaborative software development by marshaling the
resources of its members and the open source community. The Linux
Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education
by hosting Collaborative Projects, Linux conferences, including
LinuxCon, and generating original research and content that advances
the understanding of Linux and collaborative software development.
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Media Contact 
Sarah Conway 
The Linux Foundation
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