Renesas announced the R-Car H1, their new automotice SoC with 4 Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1GHz and Imagination Technologies’ SGX-543-MP2 graphics processing unit (GPU) aimed at high-end navigation systems. It also features a Renesas SH-4A high-reliability real-time processing CPU core acting as a multimedia engine (MME) .
The R-Car H1 SoC can also powered with Renesas’ IMP-X3 core (optional), a real-time image processing unit that enables developers to implement augmented reality application such as 360-degree camera views (Thanks to up to four independent input camera channels) and sign recognition.
Here’s an excerpt of the press release:
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) and its subsidiary, Renesas Mobile Corporation, today announced a new member of the R-Car series of automotive systems-on-chip (SoCs), the R-Car H1, capable of delivering up to 11,650 Dhrystone MIPS (DMIPS), and ideal for the high-end car navigation market. The R-Car H1 SoC offers an innovative architecture where the application domain is powered by an ARM® Cortex™A-9 quad-core configuration running at 1 gigahertz (GHz), while the real-time domain is powered by a dedicated multimedia engine (MME) based on Renesas’ SH4A core. The R-Car’s architecture allows customers to implement features such as quick-boot, backup camera support, and media processing using the MME, while the application domain cores can be allocated to run advanced operating systems such as Linux, Windows® Automotive Embedded or QNX®.
You can read the complete press release on Renesas website.
Here are the R-Car H1 specifications provided by Renesas:
|Product number||R-Car H1 (R8A77790)|
|Power supply voltage||3.3 V (IO), 1.5 V (DDR3), 1.2 V (Core), 2.5 V (PCIe, MLB), 1.8 V (SDIF UHS-I)|
|CPU core||ARM® Cortex™-A9 Quad (with NEON™)||SH-4A core|
|Maximum operating frequency||1000 MHz||800 MHz|
|Processing performance||10000 DMIPS||1760 DMIPS, 5600 MFLOPS|
|Cache memory||Instruction cache: 32 KB
Operand cache: 32 KB
|Instruction cache: 32 KB
Operand cache: 32 KB
|External memory||DDR3-SDRAM (DDR)
Maximum operating frequency: 500 MHz
Data bus width: 32 bits × 2 channel (4 GB/s × 2 ch)
|Expansion bus||Flash ROM and SRAM,
Data bus width: 8 or 16 bits
|PCI Express 2.0 (1 lane)|
|Graphics||PowerVR SGX543MP2 (3D)|
|Renesas graphics processor (2D)|
|Video||Display out × 2 ch (RGB888)|
|Video input x 2 ch|
|Video decode processor (H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, VC-1)|
|Video image processing (color conversion, image expansion, reduction, filter processing)|
|Distortion compensation module (image renderer) × 4 ch|
|Image recognition processor|
|Audio||Sound processing unit × 2 ch|
|Sampling rate converter × 10 ch|
|Sound serial interface × 10 ch|
|Storage interfaces||USB 2.0 host interface × 3 ports (w/ PHY)|
|SD host interface × 4 ch|
|Multimedia card interface|
|Serial ATA interface|
|In-car network automotive peripherals||Media local bus (MLB) interface × 1 ch (6-pin / 3-pin interface selectable)|
|CAN Interface × 2 ch|
|GPS baseband module|
|Security||Crypto engine (AES, DES, Hash, RSA)|
|Other peripherals||DMA controller
LBSC DMAC: 3 ch / SuperHyway-DMAC: 4 ch / HPB DMAC: 39 ch
|32-bit timer × 9 ch|
|PWM timer × 7ch|
|I2C bus interface × 4 ch|
|Serial communication interface (SCIF) × 8 ch|
|Serial peripheral interface (HSPI) × 3 ch|
|Ethernet controller (IEEE802.3u, RMII, without PHY)|
|Interrupt controller (INTC)|
|Clock generator (CPG) with built-in PLL|
|On-chip debugger interface|
|Low power mode||DPS/VS (CPU core, PowerVR SGX543MP2, VPU, IMP)
AVS (adaptive voltage scaling) function
DDR-SDRAM power supply backup mode
|Package||832-pin FCBGA (27 × 27 mm)|
|Development environment||ICE for ARM CPU available from different vendors|
|Evaluation board||A user system development reference platform offering the following features is also available, enabling the users to carry out efficient system development.
(1) Includes car information system-oriented peripheral circuits, providing users with an actual device verification environment.
(2) Can be used as a software development tool for application software, etc.
(3) Allows easy implementation of custom user functions.
|Middleware||Wide variety of middleware such as H.264, MPEG-4 and VC-1 for video is available to realize complete system concept.|
Renesas R-Car H1 will be supported by several operating systems including Linux, Windows Automotive Embedded and QNX. It will also probably be supported by Montavista Genini-compliant Automotive Technology Platform as R-Car M1 (previous version of automotive SoC) is already supported.
Samples of Renesas’ R-Car H1 SoC will be available starting in November 2011. Mass production is scheduled to begin in December 2012 and Renesas expects it to reach a cumulative 100,000 units per month by December 2013.
You can find more information on Renesas R-Car H1 page.
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