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Renesas E16-Bit Microcontrollers Offer 91 Low-Power Automotive MCUs as Platform Solutions

September 11, 2013 by Jeff Shepard

Renesas Electronics announced the availability of the new RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) that contribute to enhanced development efficiency, reduced system costs, lower system power consumption and improved functional safety features for automotive control systems. The new MCUs consist of total of 91 products including 60 products in the RL78/F13 Group and 31 products in the FL78/F14 Group.

The RL78/F13 MCUs are designed for use in an extensive range of automotive applications; from body control systems such as power window and side mirror control, to automotive motor control systems such as electric water pumps and cooling fans. The RL78/F14 MCUs support the body control system applications, such as BCM (body control module) and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) control that require especially large memory capacities.

In recent years, automobiles have seen an increasing use of electronics for functions such as real-time recognition and cloud connection IT to achieve automobiles that, in addition to the existing automotive functions of running, turning, and stopping, also provide a safe, secure, and pleasant driving experience. While there continues to be demand for diversification of specifications by automakers and by model, there is, along with this trend, also a demand for an extensive MCU lineup that can cover all ECU (electronic control unit) systems as a common platform solution.

Furthermore, as the use of electronics in cars increases, the number of ECUs in a single car is also increasing. Therefore both automakers and ECU manufacturers are concerned with miniaturization, lighter weight, and lower power consumption in ECUs, and are also striving to assure safety as well. Renesas addresses these market needs by introducing the new RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 MCUs that offer a rich set of features and safety capabilities required for future ECU developments.

Sample of Renesas Electronics' new RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 MCUs will be available in October 2013. Mass production is scheduled to begin in September 2014 and is expected to reach a combined volume of 2,500,000 units per month in September 2015.