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Renesas Electronics and Renesas Mobile Announce R-Car H1 Series of Systems-on-Chip Offering a Complete Scalable Lineup for the Car Infotainment Market

Targeting High-End Navigation Systems, the R-Car H1 Enables a Complete Solution for the Next-Generation Systems

SANTA CLARA, Calif., October 18, 2011 — Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) and its subsidiary, Renesas Mobile Corporation, today announced a new member of the R-Car series of automotive systems-on-chip (SoCs), the R-Car H1, capable of delivering up to 11,650 Dhrystone MIPS (DMIPS), and ideal for the high-end car navigation market. The R-Car H1 SoC offers an innovative architecture where the application domain is powered by an ARM® Cortex™A-9 quad-core configuration running at 1 gigahertz (GHz), while the real-time domain is powered by a dedicated multimedia engine (MME) based on Renesas’ SH4A core. The R-Car’s architecture allows customers to implement features such as quick-boot, backup camera support, and media processing using the MME, while the application domain cores can be allocated to run advanced operating systems such as Linux, Windows® Automotive Embedded or QNX®.

Renesas' R-Car H1 SoC offers one of the most complete system integrations on the market available today. Powered with Imagination Technologies’ SGX-543-MP2 graphics processing unit (GPU), and delivering up to 40 gigaflops per second (Gflops/s, effective), the R-Car H1 SoC offers one of the best graphical performances in the embedded market. The GPU is ready to support open technologies OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenVG 1.1, making it a perfect platform to develop next-generation car infotainment systems.


The R-Car H1 SoC is also powered (as an optional feature) with Renesas' IMP-X3 core, a real-time image processing unit that enables developers to address the emerging trend of augmented reality. To fully benefit from the IMP-X3 core, the R-Car H1 SoC also supports up to four independent input camera channels allowing easy implementation of 360-degree camera views and sign recognition to mention a few applications.


Video and audio processing is supported by hardware accelerators supporting up to HD 1080p @ 60fps on advanced infotainment systems. To ensure adequate memory bandwidth, the R-Car H1 SoC is equipped with two independent DDR3 32-bit interfaces that allow access to different content simultaneously, providing higher performance when compared to solutions that offer a single 64-bit DDR interface.


For system expansion, the R-Car H1 integrated peripherals include Ethernet, MOST-150, PATA and SATA interfaces, and PCIe, and to enable further system integration, the SoC offers a version with a GPS baseband engine. The R-Car Series provides multiple CAN channels and two independent display controllers as well as three USB 2.0 ports with PHY. More information about the new SoC can be found at http://am.renesas.com/press/news/2011/news20111018_s.jsp.




Samples of Renesas’ R-Car H1 SoC will be available starting in November 2011, equipped in an 832-pin FCBGA (flip-chip ball-grid array) package. Mass production is scheduled to begin in December 2012 and is expected to reach a cumulative 100,000 units per month in December 2013. (Availability is subject to change without notice.)


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 NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies. More information about the products offered by Renesas Electronics America can be found at http://am.renesas.com.


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