Designing Next-Generation Vehicle Control System Made Easy


The new microcontroller (MCU) from Renesas enables automotive engineers to quickly, easily and accurately develop next-generation vehicle control systems such as body control modules (BCMs), air-conditioners and power seats, where functionality is advancing rapidly.

The RL78/F15 is a low-power 16 bit MCU, when combines with industry-leading low-power consumption with high- processing performance and CAN communication can be used independently for control and diagnostics, as stated in the release.

According to the press release, “The RL78/F15 product lineup includes a newly added 144-pin package; packages with pin counts of 48-pins and above come with up to 512 kilobytes (KB) of on-chip flash memory. When combined with the current RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 Groups, the resulting lineup includes a total of 127 product versions with pin counts ranging from 20- to 144-pins, enabling system manufacturers to select an MCU that is optimal for their system requirements.”


In addition, the RL78/F15 Group is software compatible with the RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 Groups, thereby allowing system manufactures to select these products with future functional extension in mind. The added specifications simplify dealing with cases where memory capacity or pin count eventually becomes inadequate.

“The increase in automotive systems design complexity drives stronger needs for new solutions that allow customers to scale efficiently and cost effectively,” said Amrit Vivekanand, Vice President, Automotive Business Unit, Renesas Electronics America.

Referring to the news release, samples of the RL78/F15 Group which is priced at US$7.00 per unit are now available in 36 product versions with 48-pin package and 512KB of on-chip flash memory.

Click here to read the press release.

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