Renesas Electronics introduced the RL78 microcontroller (MCU) family. The RL78 microcontrollers integrate features from both the R8C and the 78K (78K0, 78K0R) families. The Renesas MCUs are ideal for battery-operated devices and household applications. Samples of the RL78 will be available in Q1. Mass production is scheduled for July 2011. The RL78/G12 Group MCUs with 2 KB of flash memory and 256 bytes (B) of RAM in a 20-pin shrink small-outline package (SSOP) will be priced at $0.45 per unit in 10,000-piece lots, and the RL78/G13 Group MCUs with 64 KB of flash memory and 4 KB of RAM in a 64-pin, low-profile quad flat package (LQFP) will be priced at $1.00 per unit in 10,000-piece lots.