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TMCNet:  Elektrobit and Renesas Electronics Provide Platform for Next Generation High-End Infotainment Systems

[February 26, 2013]

Elektrobit and Renesas Electronics Provide Platform for Next Generation High-End Infotainment Systems

SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

The runtime solution of Elektrobit (News - Alert) (EB)'s development platform for human machine interfaces (HMIs), EB GUIDE Graphic Target Framework (GTF), has been ported to the Renesas Electronics Corporation (Renesas) R-Car H1. The collaboration enables car manufacturers to use the high-end Renesas chip in combination with the EB GUIDE GTF to utilize the advanced graphical capabilities of the SoC. The carmakers will benefit by a huge acceleration in development processes and will also be able to create cost effective prototypes of future HMI platforms.

Masayasu Yoshida, senior manager of automotive information systems solution department, Renesas Electronics Corporation said: "This powerful combination of one of the industry's most comprehensive solutions for the development of multimedia infotainment systems and a leading SoC platform that offers one of the best graphical performances in the embedded market will be a decisive driver for future development."

Benefits for carmakers and suppliers

The R-Car H1 SoC by Renesas, the leading supplier of semiconductors in the automotive sector, is particularly dedicated to high performance multimedia radio navigation head units. The integrated GPU (Graphic processing unit) is suitable for demanding 3-D graphics applications; it offers one of the best graphical performances in the embedded market. Now carmakers are able to use the high-end Renesas SoC with the EB GUIDE GTF for the early prototyping stage of instrument clusters, infotainment systems and navigation systems.

Thanks to the cooperation with EB, carmakers can estimate the R-Car H1's performance in the early development stages. Moreover they can save costs and time to builda prototyping environment due to the off-the-shelf GTF porting. This means, they have immediate access to state-of-the-art technology for HMI development and can try out and evaluate their solutions through the specification process to the implementation process. Existing and future EB GUIDE users are free to concentrate entirely on their key area of expertise, the development of their own HMIs.



Yokoi Hiroki, General Manager of EB's subsidiary in Japan:
"EB will provide not only the tools but also support and services in order to contribute to the customers' success collaborating with one of our strongest partners, Renesas."

Martin Schleicher, Vice president, Infotainment Products at EB:
"The collaboration with Renesas offers EB customers a ready-to-use solution for future HMI development through one of the worldwide leading SoC platforms for next-generation car infotainment systems."

Elektrobit (EB)

EB develops advanced technology and transforms it into enriching end-user experiences. EB specializes in demanding embedded software and hardware solutions for the automotive industry and wireless technologies. The company's net sale from continuing operations in 2012 was EUR 185.4 million. Elektrobit Corporation (News - Alert) is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. www.elektrobit.com

EB's Automotive Software Business

EB's Automotive Software Business has established itself as a big player in the global automobile industry with its embedded software solutions. This field specializes in developing forward-thinking products as well as services and advice for the automobile industry and delivers software solutions ready for series production based around AUTOSAR and FlexRay, infotainment, navigation, HMI and driver assistance systems. www.automotive.elektrobit.com

About Renesas Electronics Corporation

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world's number one supplier of microcontrollers, is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions and a broad-range of analog and power devices. Business operations began as Renesas Electronics in April 2010 through the integration of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) and Renesas Technology (News - Alert) Corp., with operations spanning research, development, design and manufacturing for a wide range of applications. Headquartered in Japan, Renesas Electronics has subsidiaries in 20 countries worldwide. More information can be found at www.renesas.com.

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