Evaluation Platform facilitates FlexRay implementations.

Press Release Summary:

Based on M32C MCU series, DECOMSYS::NODE< RENESAS > enables user to evaluate FlexRay and gain experience with its applications. Board comes with basic system software, including FlexRay driver, and features 2 MB RAM, 2 MB Flash, 2 FlexRay channels, 2 high-speed CAN, and one LIN interface. Via DECOMSYS::DESIGNER, it is possible to change given bus configuration. On-chip debugging of communication and application software is also possible.

Original Press Release:

Powerful new Evaluation Platform for FlexRay Implementations

Ratingen, Germany, VIENNA, Austria, - Month XX, 2005 - A new evaluation platform for Renesas Technology's FlexRay implementations is now available. Based on the M32C MCU series by Renesas, the board enables the user not only to evaluate FlexRay, but also to gain valuable experience with FlexRay applications.

The DECOMSYS::NODE< RENESAS > comes with basic system software including a FlexRay driver to evaluate basic features of FlexRay in regard of the Renesas implementation of the Bosch E-Ray IP. Three small demo programs facilitate the handling of FlexRay in standard situations. These demos are supplied in source code and can be modified according to requirements. The versatile FlexRay driver DECOMSYS::COMMSTACK is supplied as an object code module. By means of DECOMSYS::DESIGNER, it is also possible to change the given bus configuration. An upgrade path to series production operating systems as well as full design and configuration tool support facilitates more advanced applications. On-chip debugging of communication and application software is also conveniently possible.

At the core of the DECOMSYS::NODE< RENESAS > is the Renesas M32C/85 MCU with 24 MHz and an on-board Altera Cyclone II FPGA which houses the BOSCH E-Ray FlexRay controller. The board is equipped with 2 MB RAM and 2 MB Flash as well as two FlexRay channels, two high-speed CAN, one LIN interface, one RS232 interface, 24 digital I/Os, eight analog in, two analog out. Low-cost hardware debugging possibilities are available.

Accepted as a leading edge supplier to the automotive industry, Renesas Technology Corp. is committed to provide and support complete FlexRay system solutions, such as integrated FlexRay controller, bus drivers and development platforms in order to give customers most flexibility to build and test their applications.

"FlexRay is a very advanced automotive communication system. The DECOMSYS::NODE< RENESAS > eases the start with this new technology, giving the developer everything he needs in order to experiment with a FlexRay network, to modify the demos, and to learn how to handle FlexRay in standard situations", says Dietmar Millinger, CTO of DECOMSYS.

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About RENESAS Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. designs and manufactures highly integrated semiconductor system solutions for mobile, automotive and PC and audio visual markets. Established on April 1, 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503) and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Renesas Technology is one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world and the number one microcontroller supplier globally. Besides microcontrollers, Renesas Technology offers system-on-chip devices, Smart Card ICs, mixed-signal products, flash memories, SRAMs and more.

DECOMSYS GmbH is the leading solutions provider for FlexRay, the coming communication standard for automotive electronics. FlexRay enables new features and applications for more safety, economy, fun, and comfort in the car. Engineers at OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers around the world use DECOMSYS design tools, monitoring solutions, and prototyping hardware. They also count on the comprehensive services, e.g. platform adaptations of FlexRay drivers, testing, trainings, engineering, and customized software development. As an active member of both the FlexRay Consortium and AUTOSAR, DECOMSYS is especially proud to be a basic software provider for the first FlexRay series projects. Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, DECOMSYS has a subsidiary in Germany,
the USA, and soon in Japan.

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