Renesas Electronics Corporation today announced the availability of the R-Car M2 automotive Systems-on-Chip (SoC), designed to address growing integrated dashboard and information device market demands. Capable of delivering more than 12,000 DMIPS and twice the graphics performance of previous generation high-end devices, the R-Car M2 supports high-definition navigation, real-time voice control and other advanced features to provide enhanced connected user experiences within the car.
An R-Car M2 software development board is also now under development and will be available in December 2013 to further simplify and speed the development cycle for designers working with the R-Car M2 SoC. With the newest member of its R-Car series, Renesas aims to expand and reinforce the ecosystem led by the R-Car Consortium, the partner program of operating system (OS) and software providers.
“The new R-Car M2 features a dual ARM Cortex A-15 core and Renesas SH-4A core configuration – a CPU combination that delivers both the performance and pricing desired for mid-range automotive solutions,” said Tatsuya Nishihara, Vice President, Chief of Automotive Solutions Business Division Renesas Electronics Corporation. “In addition, Renesas continues to expand the R-Car ecosystem, adding new partners to our R-Car Consortium and strengthening strategic alliances to provide customers the tools they need to quickly and cost-effectively bring their differentiated solutions to market.”
The new R-Car M2 SoC exceeds the previous high-end R-Car H1, with more than three times the enhanced CPU and approximately 6 times the graphics capacity and three times the memory bus function compared to the previous R-Car M1. In addition, the software package utilizes the software developed on R-Car H2.
Automotive information devices today integrate IT such as cloud computing with smartphones, and functions for safety such as around-view monitoring with onboard camera to offer drivers higher security, safety, and conformity. As integrated dashboard systems improve and become more and complex, automakers require higher performance, function, and product quality. This results in higher difficulty in hardware/software development, rising development cost, longer development period, and difficulty in maintaining product quality.
Renesas’ R-Car Series of automotive SoCs addresses these evolving automotive needs. Renesas introduced the first gen-2 product, the R-Car H2 for high-end applications, in March 2013. With the R-Car M2 SoC, Renesas continues to develop robust solutions designed to support the growing demand for “smarter,” feature-rich in-car systems. To help improve the user’s development efficiency, Renesas has organized an R-Car consortium that includes OS and middleware providers, and system integrators to support development in automotive information device manufacturers. In addition to the new SoC, Renesas plans to expand the R-Car Consortium, doubling overseas partners from 15 to 30, and a total number of partner companies from 99 to 120, by the end of December 2013.
Together with the R-Car M2 SoC, Renesas plans to introduce a low-cost development tool supporting the product to expand to R-Car Consortium partners especially those overseas, and to solve the difficulties regarding development.