By Matthias Wenzel, Renesas Technology Europe GmbH
embedded.com(11/04/09, 11:22:00 AM EST)
With its new SH7786, Renesas has introduced a new concept in modular multimedia processors and complete multimedia system solutions for the automotive industry. Single-chip and System-on-Chip (SoC) processors provide customers with scalable and integrated solutions within a single product family. The new range offers a multi-core and multi-IP design for increased scalability, a key consideration during software development. Renesas' goal with the new range is to keep customers' development cycles as short as possible while increasing performance with each new generation. This evolutionary approach, based on current architectures, ensures low-risk system integration. The established SH superscalar architecture has not been abandoned, but rather complemented and extended with a dual-core processor.
The SH7786 is the first dual-core processor in the SH4A family's CPU range and will be followed this year by a dual-core SOC, an evolution of the SH7775. Renesas Technology made an early decision to adopt multi-core technology and developed a prototype chip with four SH-4A CPU cores and maximum processing power of 4,320 MIPS at a clock frequency of 600 MHz.
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