Renesas Electronics Announces New 40 nm RH850/C1x Series of Microcontrollers for HEV/EV Motor Control Applications

Integrated R/D Converter(s) and Enhanced Motor Control Peripherals Enable Higher Efficiency in Single or Dual Motor Control Systems

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 27, 2014 — Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the new RH850/C1x Series of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), designed for motor control in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). Based on Renesas Electronics’ 40-nanometer (nm) process, the RH850/C1x Series features the RH850/C1H and RH850/C1M MCUs, which enable embedded designers to enhance efficiency, reduce system costs, and achieve higher safety levels for HEV/EV motor control systems.

“Awareness of the vehicle’s environmental footprint is increasing, and HEV/EV designers are seeking ways to deliver even better performance, which requires new and more precise motor control systems,” said Amrit Vivekanand, vice president of automotive, Renesas Electronics America Inc. “The Renesas RH850/C1x MCU series integrates large flash memory capacity, robust motor control peripherals, and single/dual motor control options needed to support the required fine-grained motor control and functional safety for next-generation HEVs and EVs.”

The new RH850/C1x devices can be used with the RAA270000KFT RH850 Family power supply management IC (PMIC), which is currently available in sample quantities. The power management IC integrates into one device all the power supply systems required for MCU operation, two external sensor power supply tracks, and a full complement of monitoring and diagnostic functions, significantly reducing the user burden associated with power supply system design.

Concerns about global warming and regulatory efforts to reduce automotive CO2 emissions are driving demand for new technologies to achieve higher efficiencies. For instance, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards are driving OEMS to increase overall fleet miles per gallon (MPG) to 54.5 MPG for cars and light-duty trucks by model-year 2025. As HEV/EV implementations become more mainstream, higher performance applications will require MCUs with greater processing capabilities for efficient motor control. As the HEV/EV market expands, system designers are challenged to reduce costs and increase performance. By integrating hardware peripherals, dedicated for motor control, into the MCU, designers can reduce overall system costs and meet performance requirements.

HEV/EV systems are now being designed to meet ISO 26262 functional safety standards. This system requirement is driving semiconductor products to incorporate a number of embedded features that allow system designers to meet their safety goals.

Key Features of the RH850/C1H and RH850/C1M MCUs:

(1) Incorporation of large memory capacities achieved through 40 nm MONOS process technology

In addition to the use of its leading-edge 40nm process, the RH850/C1x Series is based on Renesas Electronics’ MONOS (Metal Oxide Nitride Oxide Silicon) embedded flash, which has an extensive track record in mass production. The MONOS characteristics include fast readout, low power consumption, and large storage capacity. The RH850/C1M and RH850/C1H devices offer memory capacities of 2 MB and 4 MB, respectively. In addition, 32 KB data flash memory, with essentially the same functionality as EEPROM (electrically erasable and programmable read-only memory), is included for data storage.

(2) Extensive set of peripheral functions for HEV/EV motor control

To improve motor control performance, Renesas is continuing its collaboration with Tamagawa Seiki Co., Ltd., a market leader in R/D converter ICs, and is adopting the technology from that company's new R/D converter IC product, the AU6805, to incorporate R/D converter1 (RDC) functionality into the new RH850/C1x MCUs. Furthermore, the RH850/C1x Series combines the motor control IP core EMU2 (enhanced motor control unit 22) and the TSG3 (Timer S Generation 3). This allows the RH850/C1x MCUs to implement three types of motor control in hardware: sine wave PWM, overmodulation, and square wave. Switching between these three types of motor control according to the conditions allows for highly efficient control, enabling the MCUs to achieve faster and higher performance motor control without imposing a load on the software.

(3) Single motor control and dual motor control support, which can be selected according to the application structure

To support users' diverse HEV/EV system structures, Renesas provides two product types: the RH850/C1M, which incorporates a single R/D Converter, for single motor control and the RH850/C1H, which incorporates a two R/D Converters, for dual motor control. In particular, the RH850/C1H not only provides peripheral functions that can process two systems of motor control independently, but also includes a performance CPU to strengthen software processing capabilities. These devices make it possible to not only implement integrated vehicle control, but also energy management control, DC/DC converter control, battery control and other functions, and other ECU functions.

(4) Diverse set of safety functions for functional safety (ISO 26262) support

Supporting functional safety standards is becoming mission critical due to the increasing amount of electric and electronic equipment used in contemporary cars, and the RH850/C1x MCUs contribute to assuring system safety in end products. The MCUs adopt the lockstep method <

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