Happy New Year 2022!
2021 has come to an end and brings yet another significant milestone for Renesas RX Microcontroller (MCUs). We survived through many challenges for more than 10 years since launching. In 2021, after celebrating its 10th anniversary, we are faced with production issues due to the Earthquake and the Naka 3 fire in the early part of 2021 that caused severe damages to our plant and equipment. We came back strongly in Q3/2021 and were again faced with the global semiconductor supply shortage. We are grateful for the support of our customers, partners and suppliers during this period for us to hit our record accumulated shipment of 1 billion pcs at the end of 2021.
Looking ahead, we have been putting a lot more investment into our production, going into a dual fab facility to ease the global shortage issue and providing more flexibility in production. This will greatly help in our customer’s demand in 2022 and beyond. We are constantly monitoring and improving the situation.
The Renesas RX family has been very much successful in both consumer and industrial applications. 50% of our market share comes from industrial applications and about 30% come from consumer. These will still be our primary focus in the next few years and at the same time, we will focus on IoT-related applications in these two areas.
In terms of product, we will be introducing a lot more variations of new packages, and memory versions for some of our newer MCUs like RX66T, RX671 and RX140 in the first half of 2022. In the second half, we are releasing another new product from our RX600 flagship series where we will bring you a new product in the mid-range performance targeting specifically for consumer/industrial application. Beyond 2022, there are also many new products that are under planning and development where we will be working to further enhance our process and adding new features for specific application like Motor Control, Industrial Networking and Sensing, Smart IoT/Cloud Connectivity, Enhanced IoT Security, etc.
In 2022, we will also be introducing two new wireless cloud solutions for your enablement to IoT/Cloud application which is capable of quick connection to both AWS and Azure Cloud. At the same time, we will also be extending more of our microcontrollers in the HMI space where you can easily build a GUI display solution at a lower cost. Moving ahead, our primary focus will be on Smart IoT/Cloud Connectivity and Enhance Security solutions that will bring you a much higher security and easy connection for your next Smart IoT application.
We have established the Renesas RX Partners Ecosystem site where we are enabling a comprehensive partner ecosystem to deliver an array of software and hardware building blocks that will work out of the box with Renesas RX Family MCUs. The Renesas RX ecosystem will accelerate the development of IoT applications, including core technologies such as security, safety, connectivity, and HMI among others. We will continue adding more solutions and adding more strategic partners to the list to give you a wider choice of your preferred partners and solution.
There is a lot more you can expect from the Renesas RX Family of MCUs in the years to come. We are continuously improving our website to enhance your user experience (UX) and bring you a new dimension and experience as we move towards the digital transformation (DX). We will be updating more webinars, videos, and our development environment to give you a much easier and more friendly usage when developing using our RX MCUs. At the same time, we will also be extending our existing PLP (Product Longevity Program) to more packages and memory lineups to ensure a longer supply and extensibility, to give you peace of mind when designing our RX MCUs especially during this supply shortage situation.
We will also be sharing more updates in the Renesas RX Blog post, targeting a weekly based theme content as well. More sharing will also be done via our social media channels where we will be sharing our latest information/updates for all our RX MCUs, its solution, development environment, tool, and infrastructure. Stay tuned to our blogs/SNS channels for the latest updates.
Finally, do stay safe and healthy while we are still fighting this global pandemic. Hopefully, 2022 can bring us all a safer and better future!