- Dedicated to high-performance applications, Renesas has revealed a glimpse of its upcoming fifth-generation R-Car SoC.
- Renesas intends to provide a specialized MCU platform built for the market for vehicle control.
- Renesas plans to provide a virtual software development environment in keeping with the industry’s move to a “shift left” strategy.
One of the leaders in the automotive digital space, Renesas Electronics Corporation, has revealed its extensive roadmap for the upcoming generation of Microcontrollers (MCUs) and Systems on Chips (SoCs). The strategic goal of these developments is to meet the various application demands in the automobile sector.
Fifth-Generation R-Car SoC Platform
Dedicated to high-performance applications, Renesas has revealed a glimpse of its upcoming fifth-generation R-Car SoC. Automotive developers now have unparalleled customization options because of this SoC’s sophisticated in-package chiplet integration technology. In particular, by combining AI accelerators into a single chip in a seamless manner, chiplet technology enables engineers to improve AI performance in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Next-Gen MCU Advancements in R-Car Family
Crossover MCU Series for E/E Architectures: In response to the increasing demands on high performance from domain and zone Electronic Control Units (ECUs) in the developing E/E architectures of vehicles, Renesas unveils a new MCU family. The goal of this series is to close the performance gap that exists between R-Car SoCs and conventional MCUs.
MCU Platform for Vehicle Control Market: Renesas intends to provide a specialized MCU platform built for the market for vehicle control. These MCUs, which are powered by Arm architectures, will fit in well with the R-Car family, giving automotive engineers scalability alternatives and software reusability.
Virtual Software Development Environment
Renesas plans to provide a virtual software development environment in keeping with the industry’s move to a “shift left” strategy. Customers will be able to create and test software far earlier in the development process thanks to these cutting-edge software tools, which will be in line with the changing demands of the automobile industry.
Insights from Vivek Bhan
The co-general manager of Renesas’ High-Performance Computing, Analog, and Power Solutions Group, Vivek Bhan, Senior Vice President, highlights that significant cooperation with Tier 1 and OEM clients produced this plan. Emphasizing the need for software creation and validation pre-hardware arrival, he highlights industry’s demand for swift development without compromising quality.
Key Features of Fifth-Generation R-Car SoC Platform
Flexible Platform: Chiplet tech makes R-Car SoC a versatile platform for diverse automotive needs.
Processor Sets: The new platform offers multiple processor sets, ranging from entry-level to higher-end models.
Customization Options: Users can blend diverse IPs, like AI accelerators and partner/customer IPs, for personalized designs in one package.
Two New Arm-based MCU Platforms for Vehicle Control Applications
Crossover R-Car MCU Series
Zone control units and domain control units are the intended uses for this 32-bit Arm-based MCU technology.
Higher performance than conventional MCUs thanks to built-in NVM.
Expansion of Vehicle Control Portfolio
Developers may make use of the Arm ecosystem for powertrain, body control, chassis, and instrument cluster systems with the new Arm-powered R-Car MCU series.
Software Development Environment Advancements
Virtual Development Environment
Creating the first virtual environment for the development of application software.
Sophisticated debugging and performance assessment tools for program analysis.
Teams can accelerate software development using next-gen CPU tools from 1Q 2024.
To meet the changing demands of the automotive sector, Renesas Electronics has committed to innovation and teamwork in its strategic roadmap. Renesas’s pivotal role in influencing the trajectory of automotive electronics stems from its incorporation of chiplet technology, the launch of the novel MCU series, and progressions in the software development environment.