Renesas Presents Sequoia Telematics Platform with QNX RTOS Support

As part of its ongoing program to offer complete system solutions for automotive telematics applications, Renesas Technology America, Inc. today announced that its Sequoia(TM) platform, which is based on the Euclid(TM) telematics chip (SH7397), is now supported by a QNX(R) board support package (BSP). That BSP, consisting of the QNX Neutrino(R) real-time operating system (RTOS) and software drivers, will be available from QNX Software Systems in the fourth quarter of 2006. The QNX-enabled Sequoia platform will be showcased at the Convergence 2006 show, October 16 – 18, 2006 in Detroit, Michigan (Renesas booth #02-37 1333).

“With the availability of this RTOS and its driver support on the Sequoia platform, automotive electronics companies will be able to integrate middleware and develop software applications in a fully integrated development environment,” said Paul Sykes, marketing manager, automotive business unit, Renesas Technology America, Inc. “This will enable them to create and debug code more efficiently and thus achieve a faster time to market. Renesas is capable of supporting other operating systems, as needed.”

“Together, QNX Software Systems and Renesas have many joint successes in the automotive telematics and infotainment market, and QNX is committed to providing optimized support for the latest Renesas automotive platforms,” said Andrew Poliak, automotive business manager, QNX. “Our BSP support for the Sequoia platform not only allows developers to leverage the rich multimedia capabilities and unparalleled reliability of the QNX Neutrino RTOS, but also allows them to enjoy the productivity advantages of the QNX Momentics(R) development suite.”

Besides the QNX BSP, other new features have been added to the Sequoia platform. There now is an optional Bluetooth(R) module for hands-free communication that enables drivers and passengers to make hands-free cell phone calls in a vehicle. Another new feature is an optional GPS module for location identification. The platform also now supports digital audio decoding with common digital audio formats such as MP3 via USB. Renesas collaborated with its partner companies in the COMET(TM) Consortium to enable these and many other features.

The platform is scalable and expandable. Centered around the high-performance 32-bit RISC SuperH(R) CPU offering 50 percent more performance than the previous generation, the platform combines DDR-SDRAM, flash memory, CAN, IrDA, a smart card interface, a memory card interface such as SD Memory Card or MultiMediaCard(R), LCD support, Ethernet, USB, serial, and sound interfaces. Other user defined functions can be accommodated using the optional expansion interface to meet specific requirements. Engineering investments in application development are protected because the platform has a building-block type system architecture with reusable hardware and software elements and a common function-card interface.

The availability of the QNX BSP will enable Renesas, COMET partners, and customers to further develop the applications and middleware needed to deliver cost-sensitive telematics systems. For example, they include acoustic echo cancellation, noise suppression, speech recognition and text-to-speech (TTS), Bluetooth applications such as hands-free dialing and streaming audio, GPS/navigation, digital audio encoding (ripping) and decoding, and wireless connectivity (802.11b/g) capabilities. As the next step, Renesas plans to add a Bluetooth streaming audio capability, including associated middleware and voice recognition technology.

About Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. designs and manufactures highly integrated semiconductor system solutions for automotive, mobile and PC/AV markets. Established on April 1, 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TOKYO:6501) (NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Renesas Technology is one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world and the world-leading microcontroller supplier globally. Besides microcontrollers, Renesas Technology offers system-on-chip devices, Smart Card ICs, mixed-signal products, flash memories, SRAMs and more.

About the Comet Consortium
The COMET(TM) (COMmunity Enabling Telematics) Consortium, a Renesas-sponsored organization launched in 2002, brings together companies that cooperate to promote car information system (CIS) applications and support developers of automotive systems that use Renesas SuperH processors. The 20 Consortium members provide operating systems, middleware, and similar technologies for Renesas telematics hardware reference platforms (protocol stacks, interfaces, speech-recognition software, echo cancellers, storage-related products, and more), while Renesas focuses on chip development and platform development.

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