Renesas Introduces 324MHz, 583-MIPS SuperH Microprocessor for Multimedia and Office Automation Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 22, 2007— Renesas Technology America, Inc. today announced the SH7764 microprocessor, a 32-bit device with a maximum operating frequency of 324MHz. The versatile chip incorporates the SuperH(R) Family's top-end SH-4A CPU core and a comprehensive array of peripheral functions and communication capabilities, including a 2D graphics engine, Ethernet controller, USB Host/function controller, ATAPI hard-drive controller and LCD controller. It is well matched to the needs of many multimedia and office automation applications.

Brian Davis, director of business development, system LSI business unit at Renesas Technology America, Inc., said, "The surge in the speed and processing power of embedded microprocessors, combined with their broader arrays of more capable peripheral functions, is enabling better performing products for diverse markets. Our SH7764 delivers design-enabling features with good power efficiency at economical prices. While it's primarily aimed at high-performance multimedia devices such as audio systems, digital media players, and car navigation systems, this versatile chip is also an excellent solution for networked consumer electronics platforms and network printers, bar-code scanners, and point-of-sales terminals. Moreover, its extended-temperature-range version (-40 to +85 degrees C) is available to cover a wide variety of applications."

The SH7764 microprocessor can support standard operating systems such as embedded Linux(R) and Windows(R) CE for development of feature-rich platforms. While these operating systems can help reduce development time and cost, it is often at the expense of performance in embedded platforms. The SH7764 microprocessor can eliminate this problem by delivering superior performance of 583 MIPS, while saving time and resources when used together with these advanced operating systems.

To speed up software processing, the SH7764's SH-4A CPU core has a large-capacity cache memory (32 Kbytes each for instructions and data), an on-chip 16-Kbyte RAM, and a 108MHz 32/64-bit bus for connections to external high-speed SDRAM. An on-chip floating-point processing unit (FPU) supports single- and double-precision arithmetic operations, achieves 2.3 GFLOPS (giga floating-point operations per second) maximum computational performance at single precision, and provides hardware support of sine/cosine operations and vector arithmetic operations for fast 3D graphics drawing. Using the FPU multimedia or other processing reduces the CPU load, allowing multiple applications to run simultaneously.

On-chip peripherals for implementing storage functions include the ATAPI controller, a NAND flash controller, and a memory card controller. Support for communication functions is provided by the Ethernet controller and USB interface, a serial communication interface with FIFO (first-in-first-out), and an I2C bus interface. On-chip display functions comprise the 2D graphics engine for screen drawing and the LCD controller and a digital RGB output function for display purposes. Other built-in functions are a serial sound interface (SSI) for digital audio playback, 32-bit timer, watchdog timer (WDT), and DMA controller (DMAC).

The SH7764 provides on-chip-debugging functions that allow real-time debugging at the device's 324MHz maximum operating frequency. The E10A-USB on-chip debugging emulator is available as a development environment, and SH7764 system development can be carried out efficiently using the high-performance user debug interface (HUDI) and advanced user debug (AUD) functions. The High-performance Embedded Workshop software package includes a comprehensive suite of software tools and offers project management capability.

Renesas Technology's future plans for the SuperH product line encompass embedded microprocessors with increased CPU speed, dual-core implementation, and enhanced peripheral integration, including high-speed memory interface support. Products tailored to evolving market needs will be released in a timely fashion.
Price and availability
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Product   Type Name      Package   Use (Operating        Sample
 Name                                Temperature    Price/Availability
                                        Range)
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SH7764  R5S77640N300BG 404-pin BGA  Consumer use          $25 /
                       (19 mm x 19  (-20 to +85        April 2007
                           mm)        degrees C)
        --------------             -----------------------------------
        R5S77640P300BG             Automotive use         $29 /
                                    (-40 to +85        April 2007
                                      degrees C)
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Readers can find additional product and contact information on the Renesas Technology Web site at www.renesas.com.

About Renesas Technology Corp.

Renesas Technology Corp. is one of the world's leading semiconductor system solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets and the world's No.1 supplier of microcontrollers. It is also a leading provider of LCD Driver ICs, Smart Card microcontrollers, RF-ICs, High Power Amplifiers, Mixed Signal ICs, System-on-Chip (SoC), System-in-Package (SiP) and more. Established in 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TOKYO:6501) (NYSE: HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503), Renesas Technology achieved consolidated revenue of 906 billion JPY in FY2005 (end of March 2006). Renesas Technology is based in Tokyo, Japan and has a global network of manufacturing, design and sales operations in around 20 countries with about 26,200 employees worldwide. For further information, please visit http://www.renesas.com.

Note to Editors: A specification summaries of the SH7764 is included in this release, and a photo of the device is available.

SuperH is a trademark of Renesas Technology Corp. Other product names, company names, or brands mentioned are the property of their respective owners.
Specifications: Renesas Technology SH7764 32-bit SuperH Microprocessor

Item                               SH7764 Specifications
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Product type name     R5S77640N300BG          R5S77640P300BG
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Power supply voltage  1.2V (internal) / 3.3V (external)
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Maximum operating     324MHz
 frequency
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Processing            583 MIPS, 2.3 GFLOPS (at 324MHz operation)
 performance
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Operating temperature -20 to 85 degrees C     -40 to +85 degrees C
 range
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CPU core              SH-4A core: 32-bit, superscalar
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On-chip RAM           High-speed RAM: 16 Kbytes
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Cache memory          Separate 32 Kbytes for instructions / 32 Kbytes
                       for data,
                      4-way set-associative type
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External              SDRAM memory controller:
 memory/external bus  32-bit or 64-bit bus width connection of SDRAM
 interfaces           Maximum operating frequency: 108MHz

                      Local bus-state controller:
                      SRAM, NOR flash, etc. directly connectable
                      8/16/32-bit bus width selectable
                      Maximum operating frequency: 108MHz

                      External memory areas: 64 Mbytes x 4 (max.)
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Main on-chip          ATAPI controller
 peripheral functions ------------------------------------------------
                      NAND  flash  memory  controller
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            Memory  card  controller
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            Ethernet  controller
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            USB  Host/Function  controller
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            2D  graphics  engine
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            LCD  controller
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            Digital  RGB  output
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            Direct  memory  access  controller  x  6  channels
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            Serial  communication  interface  with  FIFO  x  3
                                              channels
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            I2C  bus  interface
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            Serial  sound  interface  (SSI)  x  6  channels
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            Sampling  rate  converter
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            Timer:  32  bits  x  6  channels
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            Watchdog  timer  x  1  channel
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            Interrupt  controller
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            Clock  pulse  generator:  Built-in  multiplication
                                              PLL
                                            ------------------------------------------------
                                            On-chip  debugging  functions
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Power-down  modes            3:  Sleep,  Refresh  Standby,  and  Module  Standby
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Package                              404-pin  BGA  (19mm  x  19mm),  lead-free
                                              specification
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