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Renesas to develop automotive solutions for autonomous vehicles

Renesas to develop automotive solutions for autonomous vehicles

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a provider of semiconductor solutions, has unveiled its strategy for advancing product development intended for the next generation of automotive systems. The approach encompasses two types of semiconductor products: R-Car SoCs and Arm-based automotive microcontrollers.

The R-Car system-on-chips represent the company’s fifth-generation modules, specifically engineered to meet the demands of high-performance automotive systems. These SoCs feature advanced in-package chiplet integration technology, to enable the integration of various components or AI accelerators within a single chip package.

Renesas emphasizes that the integration of chiplet technology into its R-Car system-on-chip platform enables them to offer a customizable solution to meet different requirements of different use cases as demanded by their customers. The ability to incorporate various IP components allow users to optimize the chip’s performance to their specific needs.

“What our customers have been telling us is that they need to be able to accelerate development without compromising quality,” says Vivek Bhan, senior vice president, co-general manager of high performance computing, analog and power solutions group at Renesas.

“This means they must design and verify their software even before hardware arrives. We will help them realize this goal by continuing to invest in shift left and software-first innovations, deploying new scalable embedded processors, and bolstering our vast network of development tools.”

In its upcoming R-Car lineup, Renesas also has plans to introduce two MCU products – the Crossover MCU series and a separate MCU platform dedicated to vehicle control. The 32-bit Crossover MCU series modules have been designed for domain and zone electronic control units within the complex electronic and electrical architectures of automobiles. On the other hand, the separate MCU platform for vehicle control is built upon the Arm architecture and is customized for the vehicle control market.

Recognizing the growing complexity of automotive systems, Renesas acknowledges that the conventional approach of relying on physical hardware for software design has become less efficient, primarily due to lengthy production processes. In response, the company is developing a virtual environment for application software, offering debugging and evaluation tools to analyze software performance.

Furthermore, Renesas is working to acquire Sequans Communications, a provider of cellular IoT chips and modules. The move aims to expand Renesas’ offerings in the IoT domain. The plan is to integrate Sequans’ cellular connectivity products and intellectual property (IP) into Renesas’ core product portfolio. The step not only positions Renesas for growth in the WAN (Wide Area Network) market but also strengthens its existing PAN (Personal Area Network) and LAN (Local Area Network) connectivity product lineup.

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