Renesas Technology Launches RX610 Group of Microcontrollers

Renesas Technology Corp. announced the first RX Family microcontroller (MCU) products built around the new RX CPU that is destined to become the mainstay of the company’s business in serving global embedded systems markets. The RX CPU implements a complex instruction set computer (CISC) architecture that integrates and significantly extends the capabilities of Renesas’ existing 16-bit and 32-bit MCU products, while providing compatibility that protects customer designs that use existing Renesas MCUs.

The eight devices in the 32-bit RX610 Group are advanced 32-bit solutions for high-end office equipment, digital consumer products and similar applications that must run large-scale programs rapidly while achieving high performance levels. Thus, they deliver strong 1.65 MIPS/MHz processing performance while operating at speeds up to 100MHz. Moreover, the new MCUs do so very efficiently, consuming only 0.03mA/MHz CPU core current.

RX610 MCUs have up to 2MB of on-chip flash memory that can be accessed at 100 MHz in a single clock cycle to maximize code execution. They also provide 32 KB of data flash memory with a background operation (BGO) function that enables data to be written at the same time a program is executing. The new chips, which come in 144-pin LQFP and 176-pin BGA packages, integrate an extensive range of built-in legacy, enhanced and new peripheral functions for system design flexibility. RX610 MCUs also achieve low-power consumption operation with 0.5mA/MHz product power. To help customers shorten the development cycles of new embedded systems, Renesas and third-party suppliers support the MCUs with a variety of hardware and software development tools.

Development work on additional members of the RX600 family is ongoing. Future additions to this product line will offer other memory and package configurations and incorporate additional types of optimized peripheral functions for which there is a strong market demand. Simultaneously, Renesas is accelerating the development of the members of the companion RX200 family — MCUs that will meet the needs of applications requiring low-voltage operation and low power consumption.

About Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. is one of the world’s leading semiconductor system solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets and the world’s No.1 supplier of microcontrollers. It is also a leading provider of LCD Driver ICs, 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. (TOKYO:6501)(NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503), Renesas Technology achieved consolidated revenue of 951 billion JPY in FY2007 (end of March 2008). Renesas Technology is based in Tokyo, Japan and has a global network of manufacturing, design and sales operations in 17 countries with 26,800 employees worldwide.