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Renesas bares platform sol'n for automotive control systems

Posted: 15 Sep 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RL78  SimuQuest  QuantiPhi  automotive control 

Renesas Electronics America eases embedded design complexity with expanded support for automotive control systems, announcing the availability of the new 16bit RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 group of microcontrollers (MCUs); new RL78 Renesas Development Kits (RDKs); and software development tools provided through Renesas' partner relationship with SimuQuest and IAR Systems.

The RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 MCUs, combined with the SimuQuest RDK, QuantiPhi Renesas Edition (QuantiPhi RE) and IAR Embedded Workbench, create an environment that allows the "easiest path from idea to solution," contributing to enhanced development efficiency, reduced system costs, lower system power consumption, and improved functional safety features for automotive control systems.

"As automotive system designs become increasingly complex, there is tremendous customer value in being able to develop systems quickly, easily, efficiently, and accurately," said Amrit Vivekanand, vice president, Automotive Marketing Unit, Renesas Electronics America. "We are pleased to team up with SimuQuest and IAR Systems, combining the advantages of QuantiPhi RE and IAR Embedded Workbench with our RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 devices to speed development times for automotive control engineers."

"SimuQuest has worked closely with Renesas to develop QuantiPhi RE for the RL78 F13 and F14," said John Mills, President and CEO of SimuQuest, Inc. "QuantiPhi RE provides the fastest and easiest way to learn a new MCU like RL78, and configure and generate a production-quality, error-free driver set. We have also included features that make it easy to take advantage of the unique features of RL78, including configuring low-power modes and scaling applications up or down into different versions of the RL78."

The new RL78/F13 and RL78/F13 MCUs encompass 91 products designed for automotive control systems. The RL78/F13 MCUs are designed for use in an extensive range of applications—from body control systems, such as power window and side mirror control, to automotive motor control systems, such as electric water pumps and cooling fans. The RL78/F14 MCUs support body control system applications that require larger memory capacities and more networking peripherals, such as BCM (body control module) and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) control.

The RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 MCUs offer key features: scalability, compliance with automotive-grade temperature and safety requirements, and reduced power consumption.

Samples of Renesas Electronics' new RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 MCUs are available now. The RL78/F13 MCUs are available with 16kB to 128kB flash memory capacities and 20- to 80pin-count packages. For the RL78/F14 MCUs, memory capacities range from 48kB to 256kB flash, with packages ranging from 30 to 100 pins, and up to 20kB RAM.

Pricing varies depending on memory capacity and pin count. For example, the RL78/F14 MCU with 128kB flash and a 48pin package is priced at $6 per unit in sample quantities. Mass production is scheduled to begin in March 2015 and is expected to reach a combined volume of 2,500,000 units per month by September 2015.

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