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SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To accelerate the development of increasingly complex and large-scale
automotive computing systems for the autonomous-driving era, Renesas
Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced
semiconductor solutions, today announced two new third-generation R-Car
starter kits that make the development environment more accessible to
automotive software development engineers. The new R-Car starter kits
are targeted at the “professional community” of highly specialized
engineers engaged in software development in areas such as image
recognition and human machine interface (HMI) who make active use of
open-source software. The kits simplify the development of the
automotive Linux environment, allowing software engineers to devote
their full attention to the development of highly specialized and
sophisticated software. The kits also combine powerful computing
performance and scalability so that they can be used for a wide range of
computing applications. The new kits are lightweight and affordable so
that software engineers in the community and professionals can easily be
provided with their own tools for development of advanced automotive
applications.

One of the two new starter kits employs the new R-Car M3 system-on-chip
(SoC), the newest member of the third-generation of R-Car lineup,
designed for use in simple yet high-performance automotive computing
systems. The R-Car M3 maintains software compatibility with the existing
high-end R-Car H3 and provides a platform balancing high performance and
cost to match increased requirements for HMI and ADAS features in
higher-volume vehicle segments.

The R-Car starter kits will be available in two versions: the R-Car
Starter Kit Pro, which comes with a board incorporating the R-Car M3,
and the R-Car Starter Kit Premier, which comes with a board employing
the high-end R-Car H3 SoC.

Software development for in-vehicle infotainment systems is growing in
scale and complexity as carmakers strive to accelerate the development
of autonomous driving systems and create new functions to differentiate
their vehicles. As the number of new entrants grows, it has become
essential to retain outstanding and highly specialized software
engineers who are capable of putting development environments in place
that support the specific requirements of automotive software.

Renesas has developed the new R-Car starter kits to simplify the task of
building automotive Linux platforms as well as QNX® development
environments etc. optimized for automotive systems, which are being
standardized by open-source (OS) communities (Note 1) including
Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), GENIVI® (Note 2). The starter kits are
highly scalable and can be used in software development for a wide range
of applications, such as ADAS, infotainment, reconfigurable digital
clusters, and integrated digital cockpits. Leveraging the R-Car SoCs’
powerful computing performance for vehicle installations and advanced
open-source software, the new starter kits enable software engineers in
the “professional community” to bypass lower-level development tasks and
focus on the development of highly specialized and sophisticated
software to speed time to market for new automotive computing systems.

“Renesas has been a constant supporter of GENIVI’s drive to bring Linux
and open source to the automotive industry,” said Steve Crumb, Executive
Director, GENIVI Alliance. “Renesas’ starter kits, coupled with the
GENIVI Development Platform, will equip developers to produce software
that accelerate innovation and deliver features needed for the vehicle
to fully participate in the highly connected world.”

“Renesas is active in the open source community and has been a strong
supporter of the Automotive Grade Linux project since its launch almost
four years ago,” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade
Linux, The Linux Foundation. “Their commitment to collaboration and
continued contributions to the AGL Unified Code Base are helping us
transform the traditional automotive supply chain model.”

“Automakers and Tier 1 manufacturers have been using the combination of
QNX and Renesas technologies for over a decade to build leading-edge
infotainment systems,” said Grant Courville, Senior Director product
management at QNX Software Systems. “With the new generation
of high-performance Renesas R-Car SoCs and QNX’s ISO 26262-certified
operating system and tools, they can create highly integrated, scalable
safety certified ADAS and safety systems for next-generation automated
vehicles.”

Key features of the new R-Car starter kits:

(1) Simplifies the process of establishing
open-source automotive Linux environments

As an automotive semiconductor leader, Renesas is working to advance the
standardization of automotive open-source software, actively promoting
the activities of AGL and GENIVI. This software has been selected by
both organizations as their standard development environment and is
widely supported within the open-source community. The new R-Car starter
kits are designed to simplify the task of setting up automotive Linux
environments for engineers who are new to the development of automotive
software. The kits are competitively priced so that each developer can
be provided with their own kit.

The starter kits provide powerful computing libraries with support for
cutting-edge HMI software such as Wayland and OpenCL, and for cognitive
computing (Note 3). The starter kits also support the QNX® real-time OS
with its proven track record in the automotive field. With this robust
environment, the new R-Car starter kits are well suited as development
platforms for automotive software created by highly specialized
professional communities of open-source developers.

(2) High level of extensibility for use
with a wide range of automotive computing applications

The new R-Car starter kits provide the primary peripheral interfaces
essential to automotive computing development, including Ethernet, audio
in/out, display outputs, USB, and JTAG. There is also a 440-pin
expansion port that enables use of all the peripheral pins of the R-Car
SoC. This expansion connector, when used with an expansion board with
peripheral functions to match the development requirements and
application, enables the starter kits to be employed for a wide range of
computing applications, from a simple advanced computer vision
development environment to prototyping of large-scale systems such as
integrated cockpits. In addition, multiple R-Car starter kits can be
combined to create a large-scale computing environment, for instance
combining multiple R-Car H3 starter kits for autonomous vehicle software
platform development. This reduces the time needed for hardware
development while maintaining a high degree of software portability and
reusability.

(3) Highly accessible kits that enable system
engineers to get started with their development right away, anywhere and
anytime

The R-Car starter kits will be easily obtainable from Avnet and Marutsu
Elec, in addition to Renesas sales companies and agents. Bulk orders of
several hundred units can also be accommodated to meet the trend toward
larger scale and globalization in automotive software development. The
R-Car starter kits make it easy for engineers to get started right away,
anywhere and anytime.

(4) New R-Car M3 SoC optimized for high-volume
automotive computing systems

The R-Car M3 SoC incorporated into the R-Car Starter Kit Pro has
functions and performance optimized for use in high-volume infotainment
and 3D digital cluster applications. This means the R-Car M3 can be
utilized to meet a variety of user requirements for use in a wide range
of automotive computing devices. It is also software-compatible with the
existing high-end R-Car H3 SoC. Therefore, the same software can be used
with both of the new R-Car starter kits. The R-Car M3 is available in a
single-chip version and an SiP module version equipped with DDR memory.
As faster connection speeds between SoC and DDR memory become the norm
and the number of signal connections increases, the design aspects
related to the connection become more difficult. The availability of a
SiP module reduces the design workload for the customer.

The new R-Car starter kits are part of Renesas’ commitment to supporting
global and speedy software development for the automotive community.
Renesas has been working with over 180 partner companies in the R-Car
Consortium
to deliver solutions for in-vehicle infotainment systems
and advanced driving safety support systems.

Pricing and Availability

Samples of the R-Car M3 SoC are available now. The R-Car Starter Kit Pro
(M3) and Starter Kit Premier (H3) are scheduled to be available at the
end of October 2016. The R-Car Starter Kit Pro will be priced at US$499,
and the R-Car Starter Kit Premier will be priced at US$799. Both will be
available for purchase from a variety of online retailers, in addition
to Renesas sales companies and agents. (Pricing and availability are
subject to change without notice.)

For more information on Renesas, follow Renesas Electronics America at
@RenesasAmerica on Twitter and http://www.facebook.com/RenesasAmerica.

(Note 1) Open-source communities are not-for-profit organizations that
develop, improve, and disseminate information about open-source
software, which is software for which the source code is made available
publically at no charge.

(Note 2) Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) and GENIVI are organizations that
develop and promote open-source Linux-based in-vehicle infotainment
system software.

(Note 3) Cognitive computing requires precise processing in real time of
large amounts of information input from sensors such as vehicle cameras.

About Renesas Electronics America Inc.

Renesas Electronics America Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara,
California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics
Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world’s number one supplier of
microcontrollers and a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor
solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions, and a broad range
of analog and power devices. More information about the products offered
by Renesas Electronics America can be found at http://am.renesas.com.

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