Renesas Introduces R-Car M1 of SoC Series for for Mid-Range Automotive Infotainment Systems
Renesas announced R-Car M1 series, the first release of the R-Car series of systems-on-chip (SoCs), offering low power consumption for next-generation dashboard-mounted car navigation systems and supporting advanced human machine interfaces (HMI).
The new R-Car M1 series of SoCs are Renesas Electronics’ first members of the R-Car series, which represent the integration of the company’s SH-Navi series (Note 1) and EMMA™ Car series (Note 2) products. These devices have had high adoption rates in car infotainment systems, such as dashboard-mounted car navigation systems. The R-Car M1 series of SoCs have been developed for mid-range systems which are expected to become the highest volume segment in the market and include the R-Car M1A and R-Car M1S as its lineup.
The R-Car M1 series of SoCs share the following key features: (1) Integration of the dedicated circuitry for intelligent multimedia processing saves approximately 92 percent of power in full 1920 × 1080-pixel HD (high-definition) video decoding relative to executing the same function in software on previous products; (2) Dedicated power supply IC for use in a voltage regulator reduces power consumption by approximately 20 percent from Renesas Electronics’ existing products; (3) The POWERVR® SGX graphics core enhances 3D rendering performance, allowing designers to create realistic graphical user interfaces (GUIs, Note 3) and improved user operability; (4) Incorporation of ARM Cortex-A9 and Renesas Electronics SH-4A CPU cores operating at a maximum 800 megahertz (MHz), deliver superior processing performance of up to 3.7 Giga Instructions Per Second (GIPS.)
With the introduction of the R-Car M1 products, Renesas Electronics enhances the R-Car lineup with a mid-range solution that allows customers to bring products easily to market. R-Car M1 series of SoCs are created with scalability in mind, allowing easy software migration from high- to low-performance solutions.
Samples of the R-Car M1 series of SoCs will be available in May 2011. The R-Car M1A SoC will be priced at US$70 and the R-CAR M1S will be priced at US$65. Mass production is scheduled to begin at a rate of 30,000 per month in 2012 June, with an expected total shipment of 4.8 million pieces in 2014 between the two devices.
R-Car M1 series of SoCs for Automotive Systems
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More information about R-Car M1 series SoC can be found at Renesas Website