Renesas Launches COMET Initiative for Car Infotainment and Telematics

11/11/2004 - Renesas Technology Europe has launched COMETTM (COMmunity Enabling Telematics), the company's US-founded consortium aimed at bringing integrated systems solutions to the car infotainment and telematics market. The group helps its members to jump-start development projects, maximising the resources and time needed to implement products. Several new companies have recently joined the organisation, including 3Soft, Acapela, Altia, Navigon and MPC Data, taking the total membership to 24.

COMET was formed in October 2002 to accelerate the proliferation of car infotainment system (CIS) and telematics products based on SuperHTM (SH-4 series) RISC processors and chipsets. The consortium enables Renesas Technology and member companies to offer customers comprehensive systems solutions by utilising a readily available and optimised pool of application software. This includes Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS), speech recognition algorithms, Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) and noise suppression software, BluetoothTM application stacks and GPS software.

As a result of the COMET initiative, system engineers in automotive equipment manufacturers can now easily evaluate multiple software and middleware products running concurrently on the SDK7780 and "Biscayneď" platforms for the respective SuperH-based microprocessors, SH7780 (SH-4A) and SH7760 (SH-4). Renesas Technology and COMET members have also set up and debugged key development system configurations for various telematics and CIS applications, enabling entire solutions rather than just individual software and middleware pieces to be rapidly and accurately analysed.

COMET members are: 3Soft, Acapela; ACCESS Systems America, Inc; Altia; Clarity LLC; Extended Systems Inc; Encirq Corporation; Fonix® Corporation; IBM Corporation; Immersion Corp. (NASDAQ: IMMR); M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers Ltd. (NASDAQ; FLSH); Mindready Solutions Inc; MPC Data; Navigon; QNX® Software Systems Ltd.; Renesas Technology Corp; ScanSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSFT); SiRF Technology, Inc.; SignalWorks, Inc.; Solid Information Technology Corp; Stonestreet One, Inc; Tilcon Software Ltd; Wavemakers Inc; Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIND); and Wipro Technologies (NYSE: WIT).

For more information on the consortium, readers can visit the COMET website at

COMET is a trademark of Renesas Technology America, Inc. SuperH is a trademark of Renesas Technology Corp.

About Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. designs and manufactures highly integrated semiconductor system solutions for mobile, automotive and PC and Audio Visual markets. Established on April 1, 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503) and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Renesas Technology is one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world and the number one microcontroller supplier globally. Besides microcontrollers, Renesas Technology offers system-on-chip devices, Smart Card ICs, mixed-signal products, flash memories, SRAMs and more.

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