Renesas Reveals Roadmap for Microcontrollers and Microprocessors

Renesas Electronics revealed details of their next-generation microcontrollers and microprocessors. Renesas plans to use 40nm MONOS (metal oxide nitride oxide silicon) embedded flash technology with the RX family of general-purpose 32-bit MCUs. Renesas will also expand their RX Family to include the lowest power, lowest cost 32-bit MCU for the embedded market.

Renesas will also introduce a family of ARM-based high-performance embedded MPUs. The new RZ Family will be deployed for a wide range of application areas that require high-speed data processing in excess of 300 MHz.

Renesas will expand the current RX Family to include devices from 8KB to 8 MB of embedded flash memory with compatible instruction set, peripherals and hardware and software tools set.

Renesas will also develop a higher speed version of RX600 Series (120 MHz) and a new high-performance RX700 Series (240 MHz, with target performance of 3.6 Coremark/MHz). These devices will use a 40nm MONOS process and, will include up to 8 MB of on-chip flash memory with single cycle access at 120MHz and enhanced connectivity and graphics features. The new RX devices with enhanced FPU and DSP functions will run complex routines in half of the cycles needed with other competing 32-bit architectures in the market today.

The RX100 Series MCUs, which is based on the proven 130nm, low-power process technology, can run at 32MHz, delivering 1.56DMIPS/MHz throughput, consuming only 155uA/DMIPS power in full active mode and only 350nA in the standby mode as target.

The 40 nm versions of the RX600 MCUs is in development, and the first sample with dual Ethernet, 4MB of MONOS Flash and 512KB SRAM is scheduled to be available in 2Q of 2013. Samples of the new RX100 product series, ultra-low power 32-bit RX devices offering flash memory integration from 8KB to 128KB are available in limited quantities and mass production is scheduled for Q1 of 2013. Renesas plans to provide the sample of the first RZ product, a high-performance, 40nm device RZ/A Series is scheduled to be available in 2Q of 2013.

More info: Renesas Electronics Corporation

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