Renesas Electronics Adds Miniaturization, Power-Savings Enhancements to the RL78 Family of Ultra Low Power Microcontrollers

3.6 mm × 4.4 mm, 10-pin SSOP Package and Low Power Operation Down to 46 µA/MHz Contributes to Reduced Mounting Area and Lower System Power

Santa Clara, Calif., April 17, 2013 — Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, has developed the RL78/G10 Group as low pin count versions of the RL78/G1x Series of microcontrollers (MCUs) that feature excellent low-power operation as well as superb processing performance with on-chip flash memory capacities from 1 to 4 KB in 10-pin SSOP (Shrink Small Outline Package) and 16-pin SSOP packages. These MCUs are optimal for consumer products such as small appliances.

The new products inherit the superlative features of the RL78 Family, which include the industry´s lowest level of power consumption and the ability to reduce total system costs by taking advantage of the peripheral functions integrated with the MCU itself. Furthermore, the new products feature reduced operating current (46 µA/MHz – 20 MHz basic operation) by about 30 percent compared with existing Renesas´ RL78/G13 Group of MCUs (66 µA/MHz – 32 MHz basic operation), by improvements such as optimization of the inner wiring.

Since consumers are now demanding high functionality in miniature devices, such as electric toothbrushes and electric razors, that were previously controlled by simple mechanical switches or logic circuit, finer control is now required in these products. Furthermore, there are increasing needs for even lower power consumption associated with battery drive in the miniature electronic equipment market, which requires these low pin count MCUs.

To respond to these needs, the new RL78/G10 Group low pin count MCUs in the RL78/G1x Series offers low power consumption and maintains the key peripheral functions of the RL78 Family in low pin count packages.

Key Features of the RL78/G10 Group of MCUs:

Refer to the separate sheet for the main specifications of the RL78/G10 Group of MCUs.

Pricing and Availability

Samples of the 10-pin SSOP of the RL78/G10 Group of MCUs are available now, priced at US$0.29 per unit in 10,000-unit quantities for the 10-pin SSOP with 2 KB Flash. Mass production of the RL78/G10 devices is scheduled to begin in June 2013 and is expected to reach a scale of 1,000,000 units per month in May 2014. Samples of the 16-pin SSOP devices will be available in the end of 2013. (Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.)