Making the New Normal Possible
Our first mission statement brings everyone at Renesas together in driving towards a safer, healthier, greener and smarter world. That does not just stop because of COVID-19; we are working tirelessly to support our customers in making the sustainable, new normal possible. Sometimes game-changing innovation benefits from disruption and upheaval, and we believe our practical solutions are perfectly matched to deal with the societal and industrial challenges that we are all confronted with in face of the far-reaching implications of the coronavirus.
Innovative solutions for the New Normal
Technology plays a key role in making a sustainable ‘New Normal’ possible. While healthcare and hygiene applications attract even higher interest, more people will work from home along with their school-age children taking online classes. This is spurring the need for even more Internet connectivity, higher 5G bandwidth and an explosion of data center hardware and cloud applications. Furthermore, concepts for mobility and transport are facing huge challenges. Renesas is committed to developing the solutions our customers can use. Here are some of the ways our innovative solutions are helping millions of people around the world.
To help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Renesas has created a reference design for a portable ultraviolet disinfection wand that is foldable and travel friendly. The design employs the Renesas RL78/G12 microcontroller, ISL9205D Li-ion battery charger, and ISL9021A LDO regulator.
Renesas’ Infrared contactless thermometer solution provides a safe approach to measuring body temperature at airports, hospitals and other safety checkpoints without making skin contact.
Network Infrastructure Solutions
Due to the pandemic, more people are working from home and their school-age children are taking online classes. Renesas’ 5G base station solutions meet the needs of those working from home with cutting-edge analog, power and mixed-signal RF products that manage the increased amount of data and video being transmitted via the cloud.
The growing need to work and school from home demands next-generation wireline infrastructure equipment. Renesas’ timing and power solutions reduce computing component count and logistics for 10G-400G Ethernet switches, enterprise core and edge routers, optical transport networks, packet transport networks and access network equipment.
Data center server racks process the cloud computing data and video applications that support the new normal as many of us work and school from home. Renesas’ high performance timing and broad portfolio of power products addresses the needs of modern enterprise server systems.
Building Automation Solutions
Air quality affects our health and well-being. Renesas’ Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) air quality sensor reference design provides a complete solution that helps HVAC systems meet air quality regulations and save energy.
Time of Flight (ToF) technology has become more popular because of its high performance features and ability to detect presence and proximity for monitoring a room or building occupancy remotely. This reference system incorporates the ISL29501 ToF IC that provides accurate wide range distance measurement.
Driven by a rising prevalence of air borne diseases and rising pollution levels, air purifiers are a fast growing industry. This winning combination is for a sensor module that will fit any air purifier application, making integrating sensors simple and off-loading the main control MCU.
Automotive & Vehicles Solutions
It is important to provide frequent ventilation, especially in taxis and shared vehicles. Renesas offers an HVAC solution that includes an extensive lineup of CAN/LIN MCUs as well an array of analog and power devices ideal for use in motor units.
With many restaurants and shops turning to delivery, the need for an efficient, fast-moving micro-mobility is greater than ever. Renesas offers a complete e-bike system solution with high reliability and innovative battery management and electronic locks.
Online Training & Support
We understand the challenges presented by lockdowns and home-office working. That’s why we have a broad palette of online support tools, such as webinars and seminars, trainings, simulators and design tools.
- Online training
- iSim Design & Simulation Tool
- PowerCompass Multi-Load Configurator
- Power Cross Reference
- Clock Tree Design Tool
Business travel bans put in place worldwide early 2020.
Offices have hygiene instructions and measures in line with WHO recommendations.
Home-office work started before many local lockdowns were introduced.
For the future we are considering how to adopt the benefits we’ve experienced from working at home, and the impact of what this means for work under the “new normal”.
Ensured we have masks at many of our sites (many from donations from customers) for employees having to work on-site (production sites, laboratories etc).
In short-term, we have introduced measures around the globe, short time work or furlough to both reduce costs and prevent the spread of infection.
Utmost care being taken when considering how and when to return to “normal” operations in line with local legislation.
A myriad of local regulations means handling is different from country to country. At a time when there were no masks available, we got a shipment through to all our colleagues and their families in Italy which was highly appreciated!
We are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in every region where we have production facilities. Working together with the necessary local authorities, we are ensuring a healthy work environment. By optimizing our production capacities, our top priority is to reduce turn-around time (TAT). Doing so, we can improve our ability to meet changing customer demand, which has been showing huge spikes in short-term demand for certain products and applications.
As part of our Business Continuity Plan (BCP), we are maintaining customer communication in line with our BCP commitments and are handling the volatile global logistics supply situation in order to maintain deliveries to all customers during the fight against COVID-19.
In 2011, during the Great Eastern Earthquake, we received unsolicited support from around the world. This strengthened our belief in the importance of community – we know how important this is.
We have both received (from many customers – thank you) as well as given PPE & equipment donations to hospitals and medical facilities in the US (San Jose & Sacramento), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Selangor & Ipoh) and Germany (Düsseldorf). In Japan, 10 of our regional offices organised the donation of face masks to their local city/prefecture administrations. We are also supporting our local communities, be it a food bank organisation in California, donations to schools and NGO’s in Malaysia, contributions by our Trade Union in Vietnam to the government-run COVID-19 support fund, or teaming up with Edu Life Centre for funding, packing, and distributing Care Packs to the underprivileged in Singapore.