Renesas extends its MCU Portfolio for Motor Control and AI-based Applications

Tokyo-headquartered advanced semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics Corporation has extended its microcontroller (MCU) portfolio designed for motor control applications targeting smart homes, industrial automation, and building automation.

October 28, 2020. By Manu Tayal

Tokyo-headquartered advanced semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics Corporation has extended its microcontroller (MCU) portfolio designed for motor control applications targeting smart homes, industrial automation, and building automation.

Featuring a rich set of peripheral functions and AI-based failure detection, the four new RA6T1 Group MCUs are the latest members of the company’s rapidly expanding Arm®-based RA Family, and the first RA MCUs designed for the unique needs of motor control in home appliances, HVAC, solar inverters, and AC drives.

Commenting on the development, Roger Wendelken, Senior Vice President of Renesas’ IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit, said, “as home appliances and building and industrial automation equipment become smarter and more complex, manufacturers are grappling with rising BOM costs to support increasing motor performance demands.”

“The RA6T1 MCUs combine the superior performance and flexibility of the Arm-based RA Family with Renesas’ long-standing motor control expertise. In addition, with the emergence of AI-based needs, Renesas is excited to complement Google’s TensorFlow Lite supported platforms with the RA6T1 motor control and predictive maintenance solution,” Wendelken added.

Further, the new RA6T1 32-bit MCUs operate at 120 MHz and feature a rich collection of peripherals optimized for high performance and precision motor control. The integrated peripheral functions with high-speed analog significantly reduce bill of materials (BOM) cost while boosting motor control performance.

On partnership with Renesas, Ian Nappier, Product Manager at Google, said “AI and machine learning are taking predictive maintenance to the next level as the industry advances toward Maintenance 4.0. We are excited to join forces with Renesas and accelerate the adoption of smart home and Industrial IoT applications.”

“Integrating our open-source TensorFlow AI framework with Renesas’ powerful RA6T1 MCUs brings breakthrough intelligence to motor control equipment,” Nappier added.

The company also offers a new Renesas Solution Starter Kit (RSSK) for developers working on a motor control solution using the RA6T1 MCUs. It offers easy motor control debugging and allows customers to immediately begin evaluating their motor control design, executing real-time analysis and tuning to accelerate development.

Meanwhile, the RA6T1 MCUs and RSSK will be available with the company’s worldwide distributors. Also, it will continue to expand its RA Partner Network to include collaboration with leading companies in the motor control field.

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