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Image gallery: Japan zooms in on the smart home

Posted: 25 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart home? embedded technologies? wireless gateway?

Renesas mobor control
Renesas showed off a new motor control MCU designed for hybrid and non-hybrid electric vehicles. Using the company's well proven SH-2A CPU (capable of running at up to 160MHz), the Renesas engineering team has integrated both a resolver to digital (R/D) converter and motor control unit (EMU) inside the new SH72AY. The hardware integration helps offload CPU processing, making the new chip a perfect MPU for high-speed performance control motors demanded by HEVs and EVs. Renesas is sampling it now. Competitors such as Freescale are often running R/D converter or EMU functions in software on their MCUs, explained a Renesas representative.

Motor control MCU

Renesas' motor control MCU for hybrid and non-hybrid electric vehicles.

Smart multiunit dwelling

The smart multidwelling unit of Tokyo Gas will use the company's Ene Farm residential fuel cells.

Smart multiunit dwelling
Tokyo Gas is building a new "smart," multidwelling unit in Yokohama. The company's lucky employees are expected to move in next year. The utility will install several of the company's "Ene Farm" residential fuel cells in the building. By combining residential fuel cells together with those already used in EVs, the new smart multiunit dwelling will offer plenty of space to store "left over" energy (and the energy generated by solar cells on the roof top) along with a method for sharing the energy among several families living in the building. The new mantra for new smart homes is the home that not only consumes energy but generates energy.

- Junko Yoshida
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