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Single-Chip LSI for DVD Recorders
Main DVD recorder functions are combined in one device with a 256-pin LQFP package.

The R8J34017FP is a low-cost LSI device that integrates the main DVD recorder functions in a single-chip. Ideal for low-cost DVD recorders for consumer markets, the LSI combines AFE (Analog Front End), F/E (Front End), and B/E (Back End) signal processing functions that previously required three separate chips. This allows cost savings of up to 50 percent compared to previous multi-chip implementations

Besides its main DVD functions, the R8J34017FP chip provides other functions, too. They include a DV (Digital Video) decoder (+1394 Link), DivX playback, and audio-decoding functions such as support for MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio). The LSI device is supplied in a 256-pin LQFP package. Support includes a software development kit (SDK), application software, and middleware.

On-Chip Debugging Emulator for System Development
Casing is much smaller than the previous model E8 and E8a supports a greatly expanded range of microcomputers.

The Renesas E8a emulator is an on-chip debugging emulator featuring small size and low cost, environmental friendly. This new development tool for Renesas microcomputers will go on sale from May 2007. It succeeds the previous E8 emulator, retaining its predecessor's emulation functions and ease of use despite being approximately 40 percent smaller by volume (external dimensions are 92mm x 42mm x 15mm).

The E8a has a programmer function for internal flash memory that has been extended to support all Renesas microcomputer families. When the customer programs the code into the on-chip flash memory, E8a +Renesas Flash Developmet Toolkit(FDT) covers all of Renesas micromputer families.

Integrated Driver-MOSFET (DrMOS) for Voltage Regulators
Second-generation product achieves industry-best efficiency in CPU voltage regulator applications.

Left: Top Right: Rear

The R2J20602NP is a second-generation product compliant with the Integrated Driver-MOSFET (DrMOS) package standard from Intel Corporation. Consisting of a driver IC and two power MOSFETs (high-side and low-side) in a 56-pin QFN package, it is intended for use in voltage regulators for the CPUs in PC, servers, and other computers. A high output current (40A) gives it the best performance in the industry.

Operating at a switching frequency of 1MHz, the R2J20602NP device achieves an industry-best maximum efficiency of approximately 89 percent (for Vin=12V, Vout=1.3V). Its losses are only 4.4W when operating at an output current of 25A — lower than any other such device on the market. In fact, its losses are 20 percent less than those of our first-generation R2J20601NP model under the same test conditions.

Halogen-Free Resin Diodes for Less Environmental Impact
New materials enhance PIN and Schottky diodes in TEFP, EFP and SFP packages.

Left: SFP package Right: TEFP package

To encourage environmental protection, five new models have been added to the Renesas range of halogen-free resin diodes. Two are PIN diodes: the HVL142AM-N in a TEFP package, and the HVL142-N in an EFP package. The other three are Schottky diodes: the HSL226-N in an EFP package, and the HRD0103C-N and HSD226-N in SFP packages.

The five new models use an epoxy resin in which the bromine (Br) halogen compounds previously used as a fire-retardant have been replaced with aluminum hydroxide. The new resin has obtained a V-0 rating under the UL94 standard from Underwriters Laboratories. These diodes retain the same level of reliability and characteristics as previous models, despite the complete elimination of halogen compounds, so they contribute to environmental protection and improvement.

Development Center Opened; ODC Established by KPIT in India
Dedicated offshore development center aims to increase design and development capabilities for sophisticated system LSI devices.

KPIT CEO Kishor Patil shakes hands with Renesas Technology Director Atsushi Asari at the signing ceremony.

Renesas and KPIT Cummins Infosystems Limited (headquarters: Pune, India, CEO: Kishor Patil; abbreviated below as KPIT) have signed a contract to establish a dedicated offshore development center (ODC) within KPIT with the aim of strengthening Renesas' design capabilities. The development center will work exclusively for Renesas. KPIT plans to increase the number of engineers dedicated to Renesas projects to more than 500 over the next three years.

Renesas first started outsourcing semiconductor software and hardware design work to KPIT in November 2004. Since then, KPIT has successfully undertaken a wide range of design work, including the design of Renesas SoC devices for digital consumer electronics, analog circuit design, and embedded software development. The achievements produced by this relationship over the past two years encouraged Renesas to establish its first dedicated ODC within KPIT.

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