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Altia and Renesas Electronics’ RH850/D1x MCU selected for global production instrument cluster program

Altia, a leading provider of graphical user interface design and development tools, announced that its code generator, combined with Renesas Electronics’ RH850/D1M Group of automotive microcontrollers (MCUs), has been selected as the platform for a worldwide automotive program with expected shipments of more than two million units.

The Renesas RH850/D1x was designed to address growing integrated automotive and ground vehicle dashboard markets. Altia’s HMI development software provide the capability to develop and deploy an attractive and intuitive user experience on this new Renesas platform.

Renesas is committed to meeting the needs of our automotive customers with the best possible new technologies in silicon and solutions—and we have achieved that mission with the RH850/D1M MCU. Altia provides a finely-tuned solution for developing best-in-class user interfaces on the RH850/D1x, taking advantage of unique features of the 2D GPU that increase performance while reducing memory usage.

—Amrit Vivekanand, Vice President of the Automotive Unit at Renesas Electronics America

Renesas introduced the RH850/D1x Group as a highly scalable single-chip solution for the car instrumentation markets—suited for car instrument clusters, head-up displays (HUDs), and other display applications. To support these domains, the RH850/D1x provides an optimized graphics system, providing high drawing performance and allowing developers at the same time to reduce memory footprint and CPU load. The RH850/D1x MCUs incorporate a large-capacity RAM (up to 3 MB) and offer four configurable hardware layers. The RH850/D1x market can span applications with typical automotive small/mid-size displays up to a resolution of 1280x480.

Altia offers full support for all four visible layers using either the 2D rendering graphics pipeline or the Sprite engine of the RH850/D1x, providing WYSIWYG layer control multi display functionality using its innovative Layer Manager. Each layer can be configured flexibly to make use of the various RH850/D1x features aiming to optimize memory usage and drawing performance.


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