Products and Solutions that Contribute to a Sustainable Society

As the world's leading semiconductor company, Renesas aims to build a future in which sustainable products and solutions using cutting-edge technologies make people's lives easier and create a better world.

With the spread and expansion of high-speed and large-capacity communications, everything around us has become intelligent, and in the world of interconnection, high-speed computing performance is also required. In order to realize an environmentally friendly and sustainable society that is driven by technological innovation, it is essential that Renesas’ products and solutions, as well as the systems of customers equipped with our products, are highly energy-efficient, secure and safe. Renesas will continue to provide low-power, safe and secure products and solutions to achieve those goals.


Provision of Low-Power Products and Solutions

As Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services, Electric (CASE) and Digital Transformation (DX) accelerate in a variety of sectors such as automotive, industrial, infrastructure, and IoT, Renesas’ low power embedded processors are helping to achieve high energy efficiency. In addition, solutions that combine our embedded processors with analog power semiconductors can help our consumers improve the energy efficiency and reliability of your systems and reduce development costs.

Renesas believes that by further enhancing energy efficiency and robust safety and security, our products and customers' systems will become sustainable. Renesas is committed to developing solutions, products, and technologies in the seven areas shown in the figure and to reducing environmental impact. This concept is expected to contribute to the global environment, and details are available through the Green Bond Framework.
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Contribution to Energy Consumption in Customers' Systems

Renesas contributes to the energy conservation of the entire system by reducing the power consumption of our products while further improving the efficiency of our customers' systems through our solutions.

Accelerating the Evolution of xEV Through Energy Efficiency Improvement

As the CO2 emission regulations continue to be more stringent in many countries to combat the global warming, xEVs, which can reduce CO2 emissions, are becoming increasingly popular as they contribute to the realization of a sustainable society that is environmentally friendly, safe, and comfortable to live in. Renesas offers a variety of energy-efficient solutions and evaluation kits that accelerate the evolution of xEVs.

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Fully Tested Solutions for EV Charging and Vehicle Cluster Control Applications
Renesas announced that it has introduced 10 new Winning Combinations that address multiple applications for electric vehicle (EV) charging, instrument cluster control and low-voltage inverter functionality for traction motors. Our Winning Combinations are engineering-vetted designs that allow customers to take advantage of an elevated platform for their design ideas, accelerating product development cycles and lowering overall risk in bringing designs to market.

Increasing Data Center Bandwidth and Energy Efficiency

The role of the data center has become even more vital as digitization continues to advance and data volumes continue to grow. In addition, large customers and businesses requiring large amounts of data storage are also contributing to the growth in data center demand. Renesas provides key solutions for the transition to a new generation of energy-efficient data centers that help reduce energy consumption and promote a sustainable environment.

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ICs for DDR5 Server and Client DIMM Modules
Renesas introduced the third generation DDR5 registered clock driver (RCD) as well as the first-generation client clock driver (CKD) for emerging DDR5 DRAM servers and client systems. With these new driver ICs, Renesas continues to be the only provider to offer a complete portfolio of DDR5 memory interfaces for dual inline memory modules (DIMMs), motherboards and embedded applications.

5G Solutions that Speed Up Communications and Improve Energy Efficiency

Compared to today's mainstream 4G networks, the next generation of 5G wireless networks will enable faster communications and more devices to be connected at once. However, there are concerns about the increase in total power consumption. Renesas will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions per transfer data by providing energy-efficient base station solutions.

Click here for the winning combination for the front-end of the base station antenna.

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Beamforming ICs
Renesas Active Beamforming ICs for Phased Arrays enable cost-effective, next-generation system solutions for 5G, Satcom, and radar applications. Each beamforming IC contains multiple independently controlled active channels for element-level beam pattern shaping in electronically scanned array antennas (ESAs). The compact ICs are available in planar BGA packages enabling the realization of very low profile and small form factor phased array antennas with λ/2 element spacing. Transmit-only (Tx), receive-only (Rx) or transmit/receive (TRX) ICs cover all of the popular 5G mmWave, Satcom, and Radar frequency bands with product variants.

Renewable Energy Solutions that Contribute to Energy Efficiency

Unlike fossil fuels, renewable energy does not emit CO2during power generation, and thus contributes significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gases through fossil fuel substitution. Wind and solar power generation are strongly required to minimize installation and maintenance costs while maximizing power generation efficiency. Our products contribute to the adoption of renewable energy by meeting this need.

Click here to learn more information on Renesas' renewable energy.

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Renesas' discrete and power devices portfolio includes insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), power diodes, power MOSFETs, triacs and thyristors, and bipolar power transistors. Our product lineup offers support for increasing the performance of and reducing the size and weight of your system. Here, Renesas' insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) help designers realize both low saturation voltage and fast switching through thin wafer technology. They, in turn, help to minimize power loss in power conversion systems. This product series is suitable for a variety of applications and includes IGBTs for inverters, power factor correction (PFC) and induction heating (IH).

Air Quality Management Solutions for Building Automation

According to the IEA, building and other building-related CO2 emissions account for approximately 30% of global CO2 emissions, and in 2019, building-related energy efficiency investments totaled more than $150 billion. Our solution enables high performance CO2 sensing and fine air conditioning control to reduce power consumption.

Click here to read our blog post on "Air Quality Management Solutions."

Products and Solutions to Improve Energy Efficiency of Factory Automation

The industrial sector is also becoming more digital and smarter, and the demand for end-point computing for factory automation is steadily increasing. Through our products and solutions, we will promote energy efficiency by connecting all the equipment and facilities in the factory through a network and exchanging information to achieve optimal production.

Click here to learn more about monitoring and metering for energy management and infrastructure.

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Renesas announced a new industrial microprocessor (MPU), “RZ/T2L”, that supports the EtherCAT communication protocol, achieving high-speed, accurate real-time control for industrial systems. The RZ/T2L MPU inherits the hardware architecture of its higher-end product, the RZ/T2M, and provides optimized solutions for the fast-growing EtherCAT communication market. The new MPU delivers high-speed and accurate real-time processing performance required for AC servo drives, inverters, industrial robots, collaborative robots and others, while reducing the chip size by up to 50% compared to the RZ/T2M. The new device is ideal for factory automation (FA) and a broad range of applications such as medical equipment and building automation (BA), where EtherCAT is increasingly becoming adopted.

Green and Super Green Devices

One of the pillars of Renesas' environmental activities is its eco-product activities. This is an activity to create environmentally friendly semiconductors, or eco-products, at all stages of the product life cycle, including product development, procurement, manufacturing, use, and disposal.

To create eco-products, we evaluate and index the environmental impact of our products in eight categories, including product safety and energy conservation, and compare them with our existing products. As a result of this product environmental assessment, developed products that have been certified as having superior environmental performance compared to our conventional products have been registered as Renesas Green Devices, while superior products have been registered as Super Green Devices, and are reported internally and externally.

Click here to learn more about Renesas’ eco-product initiatives and Super Green devices.


Providing Safe and Secure Products and Solutions

In order to make people's lives easier and realize a safe, secure, and sustainable society, Renesas has continuously delivered sustainable products in mission-critical fields, such as automotive, medical care, and industrial infrastructure. In addition, by providing our customers with solutions based on the industry's highest standards of reliability as well as safety and security technology, we help their systems to meet strict international standards such as ISO and IEC.

Meeting the Challenges of the “New Normal”

There is a global need to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and respond to the "new normal" so people can live safe and secure lives, and technology continues to play a significant role every year.

Click here to learn more about Renesas' sustainable products and solutions that are preventing COVID-19 and supporting people around the world.

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Air Quality Measurement
Renesas announced new firmware for its industry-leading ZMOD digital air quality sensors. The latest firmware lets engineers configure the sensors to support various green air quality standards for Commercial & Public Buildings, making them the first sensors in the industry to conform to the requirements of multiple global air quality standards. As commercial HVAC systems move towards autonomous monitoring of our air quality, these systems can now monitor and detect harmful gasses in indoor spaces. Support for environmental standards increases the value of end products and reduces the effort needed to qualify manufacturers for government incentives.

More Security for Mission-Critical Applications

According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.35 million people worldwide have died in traffic accidents, and traffic accidents are one of the world's 10 leading causes of death. More than half of traffic fatalities occur among vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, tricycles and other passengers), and the development of safe vehicles has always been a global concern. The reduction of traffic accidents is one of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the installation of the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) is becoming mandatory in each country including Japan.

Looking at IoT devices, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing our daily lives. Implementing AI requires real-time, high-volume information gathering and superior computing power to handle it, and IoT devices need to work together with the cloud more than ever before. Without robust cybersecurity measures in the IoT devices of the endpoints, the AI system itself could be cyber-attacked, with consequences for society at large.

Click here to learn more about Renesas' safety and security technology for robust protection of mission-critical applications.

Functional Safety and Security Solutions to Achieve Zero Traffic Accidents

Autonomous Driving (AD) and ADAS are expected to dramatically change the automotive market. Renesas contributes to the development of vehicles that are designed to achieve zero traffic accidents, and provides solutions for AD and ADAS that help protect drivers from potential accidents and improve safety.

Click here to learn more about our AD/ADAS solutions for demanding automotive functional safety standards.

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Processor Roadmap for Next-Gen Automotive SoCs and MCUs
Renesas laid out plans for its next-generation system on chips (SoCs) and microcontrollers (MCUs) targeting all major applications across the automotive digital domain. Fifth-generation R-Car SoC for high-performance applications with advanced in-package chiplet integration technology will provide automotive engineers greater flexibility to customize their designs. For example, if more AI performance is required in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), engineers will have the capability to integrate AI accelerators into a single chip. Renesas also shared its plans for two forthcoming MCU product advancements in the next-generation R-Car family. One is a new crossover MCU series designed to deliver the high performance required for domain and zone electronic control units (ECU) in next-generation E/E architectures in automobiles. These MCUs are expected to close the performance gap between traditional MCUs and the advanced R-Car SoCs. Secondly, Renesas announced plans to introduce a separate MCU platform tailored for the vehicle control market. Both of these MCUs will be powered by Arm® architectures and are set to become an integral part of the industry-leading R-Car family, offering complete scalable options and software reusability for automotive engineers.

Cybersecurity Measures for Automobiles in Compliance with ISO/SAE 21434 International Standards

Both ISO/SAE21434 (published August 31, 2021) and UNR155, a new regulation by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), require the implementation of cybersecurity measures that encompass the entire automotive supply chain. Beginning in July 2022, automobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are required to implement a Cyber Security Management System (CSMS) for automobiles in order to obtain vehicle type certification for new models and ensure that the Cyber Security process is in place.

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ISO/SAE 21434 Solution
Renesas announced that its automotive Cyber Security Management System (CSMS) used for the development of microcontrollers (MCU) and system on chips (SoCs) has been defined and implemented according to International Standard ISO/SAE 21434:2021. The CSMS framework applies to Renesas’ design center in Musashi, Japan and has been certified by TÜV Rheinland Industrie Service GmbH according to the following.

Ensuring Industry and IoT Robustness and Promoting AI and IoT Devices

Every day, more than 1 billion IoT devices on endpoints send information to the cloud to get real-time status. It is also required to compute a huge amount of information at the endpoint and perform AI processing on the spot. If such IoT devices and high-performance computing systems are infected with malware, the effects of malware can spread throughout the society.

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New RA8 Series MCUs Leading Security Features
Renesas introduced that the new RA8 Series MCUs are the industry’s first to implement the Arm® Cortex®-M85 processor, enabling the new devices to deliver industry-leading 6.39 CoreMark/MHz1 performance, include Arm Helium Technology to Boost DSP and AI/ML Performance, lead Security: Advanced Cryptographic Acceleration, Immutable Storage, Secure Boot, TrustZone, Tamper Protection, Low Voltage and Low Power Modes to Save Energy. Its multiple Winning Combinations are available to accelerate system designs in customer side.