Renesas Electronics Expands Low-Power 32-Bit RX200 Microcontroller Series Offering Scalable Lineup for Portable Consumer and Industrial Devices

New Low-Power RX220 Group Delivers High Performance of 50 DMIPS and Low Power Consumption at an Affordable Cost

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 24, 2012 — Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today expanded its RX200 Series of low-power mid-range microcontrollers (MCUs), introducing the RX220 Group of 11 entry-level devices to provide greater scalability for embedded designers moving from 8- and 16-bit to 32-bit applications. Based on the RX CPU core, the new RX220 general-purpose MCUs offer a combination of high performance and low power consumption for cost-conscious consumer and industrial applications, including electric household appliances, smartphones and digital cameras, industrial equipment, and measuring devices.

Changing user expectations continue to drive the trend toward higher performance and enhanced functionality in electric household appliances, portable devices such as digital cameras and smartphones, and industrial equipment. In addition, for systems incorporating 16-bit MCUs, there is a need to improve processing performance, reduce power consumption, and to boost functional safety without increasing the cost substantially. There is also deep-seated demand for MCU product lineups built around the same CPU core to allow designers to scale from the low-end to high-end of the market more easily.

Renesas launched the RX Family of 32-bit MCUs with high performance and low power consumption to cover a wide range of applications. Within the RX Family, the RX200 Series supports low-voltage operation and features ultra-low power characteristics. To further address the customers´ demands, Renesas has developed the RX220 Group of entry-level products that simplify the transition to the RX Family and to 32-bit MCUs.

Key Features of the RX220 Group of MCUs:

Additional peripheral functions include a 12-bit ADC, three-phase driver control timer, real-time clock and event-link controller. The RX220 devices are available in a wide range configurations, from versions with a 100-pin package and 256 KB of flash memory to low pin-count, small-memory capacity versions with a 48-pin package and 32 KB of flash memory (the latter not covered by the RX200 Series).

Renesas intends to continue to extend the RX MCU lineup to meet the diverse requirements of a broad range of customers, for example with new RX200 Series products for meter applications.

Refer to the separate sheet for the main specifications of the RX220 Group of MCUs.

Availability

Samples of the RX220 Group of MCUs are available now. Mass production of the RX220 devices is scheduled to begin in December 2012 and is expected to reach a scale of 1,000,000 units per month in December 2013. (Availability subject to change without notice.)