GARDEN GROVE, Calif.—Renesas Electronics Corp. Monday (Oct. 22) disclosed new details of its technology roadmap, including additions to the company's RX family of 32-bit microcontrollers and plans to launch a new family of ARM-based microprocessors.
In a press event at its developer conference here, Renesas (Tokyo) said it would use its 40-nm MONOS embedded flash technology with the company's RX MCUs. The company also announced it would expand the RX family to include a low-power, low-cost microcontroller for the embedded market that includes as little as 8 kilobytes (KB) of flash memory.
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Peter Carbone, vice president of marketing for Renesas' U.S. subsidiary, said the company is broadening the RX family at both the high and low ends to include the RX700 series—a higher speed version of the company's RX600 MCUs—and the ultra low power RX100 series. All RX microntrollers continue to be compatible with the industry's broadest range of flash technology, Carbone said.
Renesas said its new RZ family of ARM-based microprocessors will be deployed for a wide range of applications that require high-speed data processing in excess of 300 MHz. The devices, which can be used with general purpose operating system like Linux, will combine the ARM core with Renesas' library of peripherals. The family will include two series optimized for two primary application areas—graphic and human/machine interfaces and connectivity.
The 40-nm versions of the RX600 MCUs are in development, Renesas said. The first sample with dual Ethernet, 4-MB of MONOS flash and 512-KB SRAM is scheduled to be available in the second quarter of 2013.
Samples of the RX100 series featuring flash memory integration from 8- to 128-KB are now available in limited quantities, with mass production scheduled for the first quarter of 2013, Renesas said. The comapny plans to provide samples of the first 40-nm RZ microprocessors in the second quarter of 2013.