Renesas Electronics Announces R-Car H2, Offering Highest CPU and Graphics Performance for the Automotive Infotainment Market

Renesas R-Car H2

R-Car H2 Offers a Complete Solution for the Next-Generation High-End Multimedia and Navigation Systems.

Renesas Electronics announced the availability of a new member of the R-Car Series of automotive Systems-on-Chip (SoCs). Capable of delivering more than 25,000 DMIPS, the R-Car H2 provides high performance and state-of-the-art 3D graphics capabilities for multimedia and navigation automotive systems. The R-Car H2 is powered by the ARM CortexA-15 quad-core configuration running an additional ARM CortexA-7 quad-core—the industry's first implementation of a Quad ARM Cortex A15 and the big.LITTLE processing technique in an automotive SoC.

Renesas - R-Car H2

Powerful media hardware accelerators enable features like 4 × HD 1080p video en/decoding including Blu-Ray support at 60 frames per second, image/voice recognition and high-resolution 3D graphics. These implemented hardware modules also execute the display content improvements needed for human-machine interface (HMI)/navigation data in parallel to Movie/DVD handling.

The R-Car H2 also features the Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series6 G6400 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). This GPU is ready to not only support open technologies like OpenGL ES 2.0, but also the OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL standards. Support of the Open graphics standards combined with the R-Car H2's cutting-edge IP and other features makes it the perfect platform to develop next-generation infotainment systems.

Renesas' IMP-X4 core, implemented in R-Car H2 as an optional feature, provides real-time image processing that enables developers to support the emerging trend of augmented reality. The R-Car H2 also supports up to four independent input camera channels, allowing easy implementations of image recognition and 360° camera views. The R-Car H2 offers the highest level of integration of advanced safety concepts and infotainment features in the automotive market today.

The highly efficient bus architecture of the R-Car H2 includes dedicated CPU and IP caches. The R-Car H2 is equipped with two independent DDR3-1600 32-bit interfaces. This allows for much more efficient access to different content simultaneously, compared to a single 64-bit DDR interface.

In developing the R-Car series of SoCs, Renesas has leveraged the experiences with mobile products, where there is a strong focus on power consumption reductions. The applied technologies of these mobile products are transferred to Renesas' automotive SoCs to provide unique and effective power optimization and handling.

The R-Car H2 integrates advanced automotive interfaces like Ethernet AVB, MOST-150 and CAN and mass storage interfaces like SATA, USB3.0/2.0, SDcard and PCI Express. The GPS baseband engine handles all modern navigation standards. A 24-bit DSP for codec, high-quality audio processing is part of the enormous function coverage. The R-Car H2 works with advanced operating systems such as QNX Neutrino RTOS, Windows Embedded Automotive and Linux.

Availability

Samples of the Renesas R-Car H2 SoC are available from today, equipped in a 831-pin FCBGA package. Mass production is scheduled for mid-2014.

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