Renesas expands access to its robust portfolio of IP licences

20 September 2018

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The semiconductor manufacturer has announced that it is expanding access to its extensive portfolio of intellectual property (IP) licences for many kinds of designers, granting much easier access to a broad range of customised customer requirements in the rapidly changing industry.

Renesas has incorporated a broad range of IP into its microcontrollers (MCUs) and system on chip (SoC) range of products, including central processing unit (CPU) IP, communication interface IP, timer IP, memory IP, and analogue IP.

Effective from today (20th September 2018), Renesas is offering customers access to the most highly sought assets from its IP portfolio. The first batch of offerings will consist of over 40 licences, including CPU cores (RX, SH, and so on), timer IP for motor applications, USB cores, and SRAM (static random access memory). Plus, more licences will be offered, as time progresses and demand increases.

As a leading global semiconductor device supplier, Renesas has developed an abundance of IP solutions, including standalone CPU and peripheral IP modules, as well as subsystems such as bus controllers or interrupt controllers that connect to IP modules. All of these IP assets share the high level of reliability and quality expected from a vertically-integrated semiconductor device vendor, who are responsible for all stages from design through manufacturing. Renesas also offers technical support grounded in its unmatched expertise as a semiconductor manufacturer.

Manufacturers interested in developing custom chips for applications, such as artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles and robots can leverage Renesas IP in their subsystems design, allowing them to concentrate on developing their own competitive IP assets, and thereby speeding up the advanced semiconductor development process.

In addition, manufacturers using FPGA (field programmable gate array) devices for early development can utilise Renesas IP assets to speed up software development, allowing for early evaluation and accelerated time to market – and then transition immediately to mass production. On the other hand, customers who prefer to use existing software assets can continue to utilise Renesas IP assets, thereby reducing the labour needed to develop, verify, and evaluate software and boards, ultimately allowing for more efficient system development.

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Said Hiroyuki Kondo, VP of Shared Research & Development Division 1 at Renesas Electronics Corporation: “As a leading global semiconductor supplier with deep manufacturing expertise, Renesas brings its unique perspective to the IP market with a broad portfolio of semiconductor IP assets.

“This completely open initiative offers manufacturers of assembled products and fabless semiconductor companies access to trusted IP that allows them to accelerate software development cycles and develop customised semiconductors more quickly – dramatically speeding up technological innovation worldwide.”

Previously, Renesas provided IP assets to select customers. The new effort to expand IP sales marks Renesas’s entry to the IP licensing market, which is growing at a rate of over 10 percent a year, and is even expected to be worth around a trillion yen in 2025. Renesas aims to achieve sales of more than ten billion yen in 2025.

Looking to the future, moreover, Renesas intends to capture and expand growth in the IP market by offering customers the ability to customise their IP, as well as by licensing existing IP assets.

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