Renesas and Ubiquitous Collaborate on Home Network Oriented Solution

5/27/2004 - Renesas Technology Corp. and Ubiquitous Corp. announced that they have agreed to cooperate in the development and sales of home network oriented solutions based on the two companies' technological expertise and have entered into a comprehensive collaboration covering product commercialization, marketing, technical research and technical support.

This collaboration calls for Ubiquitous to undertake development of network middleware and embedded operating systems while Renesas Technology handles hardware development including platforms and LSIs. A system for cooperation between the two companies will be set up quickly to bring to market home network oriented solutions, combining the technologies of both.

As the initial phase of the collaboration, middleware for TCP/IP1 use and UPnP2 use developed by Ubiquitous for white-goods control networks will be incorporated in Renesas Technology's H8S Family, SH-2 Series, and M16C Family microcomputers, while Ubiquitous' TCP/IP and UPnP AV3 middleware for audio/video home electrical appliance networks will be installed in Renesas Technology's SH3-DSP Family and SH-4 Family. Renesas Technology plans to market these products to manufacturers of home electrical appliances, audio/video equipment, and other household gadgets.

Embedding these UPnP-compatible microcomputer products will enable various kinds of home electrical equipment to be connected to a network without the need for complex operations or settings.

In moving toward the realization of a ubiquitous network society in which a variety of information devices are widely employed, the home electrical appliance market is witnessing ongoing development of technologies for controlling appliances connected to a network from inside or outside the home. In this environment there is a demand not only for network construction using conventional powerful and expensive high-end products, but also for the development of small, lightweight, and economical low-end products that will make it possible to network a wide range of domestic electrical equipment.

A wide range of the Renesas Technology microcomputers is available, covering the entire spectrum from low-end 4-bit to high-end 32-bit products. With their use in a wide variety of home electrical and electronic devices, from white goods such as rice-cookers, microwave ovens, and refrigerators to audio/video devices such as DVD players and digital TVs, these products offer high-cost-performance solutions.

At the same time, Ubiquitous' lightweight, high-performance network oriented middleware supports a wide range of applications, from the white-goods market to home audio/video equipment requiring high-speed transmission of large volumes of image data.

In particular, Ubiquitous boasts the world's most compact code size for TCP/IP and UPnP protocol compatible middleware, at 1/6 to 1/10 the size of previous middleware products of this kind, enabling it to be incorporated into low-end microcomputers for the first time.

Incorporating light and powerful Ubiquitous middleware into the most suitable Renesas Technology microcomputer products, regardless of high-end or low-end classification, makes it possible to implement networking of a wide range of home electrical appliances. As a result, even users unfamiliar with networking can easily handle intelligent electrical appliances in the home, bringing nearer the advent of a true ubiquitous network society.

Renesas Technology and Ubiquitous will announce a Software Development Kit (SDK) at the Embedded Systems Expo and Conference (ESEC) to be held in Tokyo from July 7 to 9, 2004. Initially, SDK support will only be provided in Japan, but an overseas support system will also be set up by October, and global home network oriented solutions will be offered with a view to realizing a ubiquitous network society.


  1. TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol): A protocol used as standard on the Internet and Intranets.
  2. UPnP (Universal Plug and Play): A technical specification for connecting devices such as home personal computers and peripherals, audio/video equipment, telephones, home electrical appliances, etc., via a network, and providing compatible functions. This specification was established by the UPnP Forum comprising approximately 650 personal computer, home electrical appliance, software, and other manufacturers from throughout the world, and guarantees interconnectivity with UPnP certified products through a rigorous test program.
  3. UPnP AV: A technical specification for connecting audio/video devices via a network, and providing compatible functions.
  4. This specification was established by the UPnP Forum, and guarantees interconnectivity with UPnP certified products through a rigorous test program.

About Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. designs and manufactures highly integrated semiconductor system solutions for mobile, automotive and PC/AV 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.

About Ubiquitous Corp.
Ubiquitous Corp. is the market leader in ubiquitous software optimization. Ubiquitous enables companies to develop and run software smaller, faster, better, at a lower cost and more reliably. Ubiquitous tightly integrates a rich set of embedded operating systems and middleware with services to provides a complete foundation that meets the specific requirements of ubiquitous market. Ubiquitous' products and professional services are used in multiple markets including white goods, home network, AV network and automotive. Companies from around the world turn to Ubiquitous to create the most reliable IP networked products and to accelerate their time to market and increase cost performance of their products.

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