Renesas adds IP to include 7nm process and Ethernet TSN

Additional IP now available from Renesas Electronics includes a 7nm process ternary content addressable memory (TCAM) and standard Ethernet time sensitive networking (TSN) IP.

Customers will have access to IPs such as advanced 7nm (nanometer) SRAM and TCAM, and leading-edge standard Ethernet time-sensitive networking (TSN) IP, says the company, which is also working on providing a system IP which includes processing in memory (PIM) for use as an artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator. Customers can use these IPs to jump start semiconductor device development projects, such as the development of next-generation AI chips or ASICs for 5G networks.

Customers developing custom chips can leverage the IP in the subsystem, or those using FPGA devices can use it to speed up software development while they focus resources on specialty areas to reduce development time. Customers who prefer to use existing software assets can take advantage of Renesas IP assets to achieve more efficient system development by reducing the resources required to develop, verify and evaluate software and boards.

“Model-based design enables a development process in which IP models can be easily shared across the supply chain, giving customers the ability to identify system issues before implementation,” said Paul Barnard, director, Product Marketing at MathWorks. “To do this, Renesas provides customers with models of their IP in Simulink, as well as tools that extend Simulink to support the deployment of algorithms from models to Renesas microprocessors with verification support using processor-in-the-loop (PIL) technology.” He believes the partnership with Renesas will benefit mutual customers working on sectors as varied as automotive, robotics and industrial technologies.

To support customers’ semiconductor development efforts, Renesas has also established a network of partner companies to support users. This network includes design houses that perform contract semiconductor design and technology partners who will provide software and middleware tools. The network will accelerate users’ technology innovations and product development efforts by lowering the barriers to entry for semiconductor device and FPGA development. Renesas can also introduce experienced users to model-based design development environments.

The Renesas IP license portfolio has been available since September 2018, offering access to more than 40 licenses, including CPU cores, timer IP for motor applications, USB cores, and SRAM.

Renesas aims to exceed IP sales annual market growth rate of 10 per cent, and will expand the provision of IP and support system while creating new, and expanding old, IP markets.

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