Renesas Technology Europe has announced the latest members of its SuperH*1 line-up, built around the industry benchmark SH-2A core with its superb realtime processing capability. The SH7264 and SH7262 have been designed for visualisation and GUI applications and offer up to 1MB of on-chip SRAM. This allows video display capabilities to be implemented without the need for external RAM, thereby offering significant reductions in overall system costs and power consumption.
As integrated solutions, the SH7262 and SH7264 offer many advantages over traditional two-chip (RAM and MPU) solutions, including PCB space saving, EMC improvement and yield improvement, as well as removal of the need for an external SRAM. The new devices can boot directly from serial flash which also means that the total BOM cost can be cut by switching from a standard NOR flash on an external bus controller to a simple serial flash device on an SPI, with the program code being loaded onto the internal SRAM.
The SH7262 and SH7264 include a 144MHz superscalar CPU core, achieving over 345DMIPS, and also include a floating point unit (FPU). In addition to the 1MB of internal SRAM, the device also contains 64kB of user RAM for data manipulation, and 16kB of cache memory to ensure optimum performance.
The video display controller (VDC) includes hardware support for alpha blending, chroma-keying and driving a TFT screen; up to VGA size (480 x 420 pixels).The generous SRAM capacity means that it is possible to use displays without the need for external SDRAM as video memory, making this the ideal solution for mid-range displays.
To aid with communication the SH7264 and SH7262 include 8 channels of UART, 3 IIC channels, 2 CAN*2 channels and a high-speed USB peripheral supporting both Host and Function modes.
Supporting the idea of low cost, enabling system designers to use a PCB without many layers, the SH7262 comes in a 176-pin QFP with 0.5-mm pitch and the SH7264 comes in a 208-pin QFP also with 0.5-mm pitch.
With Renesas being a major producer in the worldwide market for both SRAM and Microcontrollers, this launch will mark the first coming together of these two areas of expertise.
1. SuperH is a trademark of Renesas Technology Corp.
2. CAN is an abbreviation of “Controller Area Network,” an automobile network specification proposed by Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany.
About Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. is the world’s No.1 supplier of microcontrollers and one of the world’s leading semiconductor system solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets. It is also a leading provider of Power MOSFETs, Smart Card microcontrollers, RF-ICs, High Power Amplifiers, Mixed Signal ICs, System-on-Chip (SoC), System-in-Package (SiP) and more. Established in 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503), Renesas Technology achieved consolidated revenue of 702.7 billion JPY in FY2008 (end of March 2009). Renesas Technology is based in Tokyo, Japan and has a global network of manufacturing, design and sales operations in 16 countries with 25,000 employees worldwide.
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Headquartered in Buckinghamshire, UK, Renesas Technology Europe has offices in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany (3 offices), Italy, Spain, Sweden, and representation via related companies in the Czech Republic, South Africa and Russia.
In Europe, Renesas focuses on automotive (control, networking, infotainment), wireless (GSM, CDMA and Bluetooth), smart card and microcontroller applications such as white goods, motor control, metering, energy management, building security and healthcare. It employs over 150 engineers to develop solutions for the European market and to assist customers with application development. Renesas is a leading supplier of smart card ICs in Europe. Europe is the world’s largest market for automotive electronics and microcontrollers, and is the region of most design influence for wireless electronic products. Feedback from customers in Europe has great influence on Renesas’ product development.
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