|[March 11, 2013]
Renesas Electronics Expands the RX600 Microcontroller Series for Network, Industrial and Smart Metering Applications
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a premier provider of
advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the expansion of its
32-bit RX microcontroller (MCU) platform, with the introduction of 120
new models for the successful RX631 and RX63N product groups within
Renesas' RX600 series of MCUs.
These new products in the RX63N/RX631 groups offer up to 256 KB embedded
RAM (News - Alert), doubling today's available RAM size of 128 KB. Thanks to the RX
platform concept, these new products are pin-to-pin compatible with
existing models, and therefore recommended as a drop-in replacement for
customers with larger RAM requirements. By providing larger RAM the new
devices allow developing complex applications that combine several
middleware components like TCP-IP stacks and networking services, SSL
and encryption, Graphic libraries and USB functions. Typically,
RX631/63N models with 256KB SRAM will be products of choice for
developer wanting to take full advantage of "the power of Two" promotion
that enable them to use any middleware component from Micrium when they
choose RX for their design.
"Broad selection, device scalability and an attractive cost structure
are important to helping designers meet the evolving requirements for
their connected applications," said Ritesh Tyagi, senior director,
Microcontroller Products & Solutions Marketing, Renesas Electronics
America Inc. "The new RX63N/RX631 devices are the latest example of
Renesas helping customers bring products to market quickly and cost
effectively. Featuring our 90nm process technology and 256KB embedded
RAM, the new MCUs are an ideal fit for smart meters and other industrial
and networking applications that require large communication stacks in a
single-chip solution without external memory considerations."
Based on Renesas' 90nm process technology, the new RX63N/RX631 groups
achieve high performance of 165 DMIPS (Dhrystone [Note 1] MIPS) at 100
MHz CPU and flash operation. The new products offer a wide and scalable
product extension from 1 MB to 2 MB flash integration by supporting 256
KB RAM for all of these product variations. In addition, al these
products integrate 32 KB of E2 data flash memory that supports 100,000
rewrite cycles for easy data storage. The new devices are housed in an
LQFP package, allowing Renesas to provide products appropriate for a
wide variety of embedded equipment supporting 100 pins to 176 pins.
As a new feature, these RX63N/RX631 models integrate an optional Data
Encryption Unit (DEU), which enables customers to use
encryption/decryption functions according to the AES standard. The
encryption engine supports AES (128, 192 and 256-bit key length).
The new MCUs share several features with the existing RX63N/RX631
groups, including up to three channels of Controller Area Network (CAN)
2.0B compliant interfaces, two Universal Serial Bus (USB) full speed
hosts, USB OTG and device features and an Ethernet MAC IEEE (News - Alert) 802.3
interface, compliant with Media Independent Interface (MII) and Reduced
Media Independent Interface (RMII), for easy connection to a PHY (RX63N
only). The RX63N/RX631 groups of MCUs (excluding the 64- and 48-pin
packages) also include an EXDMAC unit that can transfer data over an
external bus independently of the internal bus occupation. This allows
these MCUs to easily support TFT solutions for up to QVGA or WQVGA class
TFT panels, even if there is no dedicated LCD controller used in the
These new devices also include a real-time clock (RTC) that reduces
power consumption by offering 2 V real-time clock operations. The RTC
module includes an anti-tamper detection function that independently
detects system state changes with three pins while the CPU is in the
power off state and not operating. It also assigns timestamps.
Renesas Electronics also provides a robust development environment for
the RX63N/RX631 groups. This includes two emulator products: the
low-cost E1 Emulator, which also functions as a flash programmer, and
the high-functionality E20 Emulator [Note 2], which includes trace, RAM
monitoring, and other advanced functions. Third party debuggers like
J-Link from Segger are also available.
Pricing and Availability
The new RX63N/RX631 devices with 256 KB RAM will be available by
December 2013 in mass production, with pricing ranging from US$6.35 for
1MB Flash- 192KB SRAM in LQFP 100-pin package without CAN in 10K-unit
quantities to US$9.50 for 2MB Flash - 256KB SRAM in LQFP 176-pin package
with CAN in 10K-unit quantities. (Pricing and availability are subject
to change without notice.)
Popular development kits like the Renesas' RDK RX63N, Renesas' Embedded
GUI Kit and Renesas' RX63N Renesas Starter Kit are available now with
1MB and 2 MB Flash and 128 KB RAM version mounted for development. As it
is completely compatible, a drop-in replacement at a later date with the
new devices with larger SRAM would be straightforward.
[Note 1] Dhrystone is a benchmark program for computer calculation
performance. RX63N/RX631 groups were tested with Dhrystone 2.1.
[Note 2] E1 and E20 firmware for RX63N/RX631 256 KB RAM products is
under development and will be available by end of April..
All product names and service names that appear in this press release
are all trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
About Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world's number one
supplier of microcontrollers, is a premier supplier of advanced
semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions and a
broad-range of analog and power devices. Business operations began as
Renesas Electronics in April 2010 through the integration of NEC (News - Alert)
Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) and Renesas Technology Corp., with
operations spanning research, development, design and manufacturing for
a wide range of applications. Headquartered in Japan, Renesas
Electronics has subsidiaries in 20 countries worldwide. More information
can be found at www.renesas.com.
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