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Renesas readies smart home operating system

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart home? operating system? RTOS? microcontroller?

Renesas has recently announced plans to combine its software for the smart home on one real time operating system. The company has yet to decide on whether to develop the technology in house or not.

During the Electronica trade show in Germany, Shigeo Mizugaki, a senior vice president at Renesas, stated that the company has decided to focus more on the stable microcontroller business. The company intends to expand its technologies to the smart society. It will also prepare the HMI and interoperability with the stacks such as sensors, HVAC air conditioning and Ethernet.


This will be integrated under one RTOS. "We are now starting discussions to get the capabilities with third parties," he said. The company has renegotiated its short term debt and obtained additional funding from four Japanese banks and major stakeholders which will give cash for acquisitions. "Getting the money for new growth means acquisition is a strong option," he said.

As the largest microcontroller supplier with 27 per cent market share across industrial, home and automotive the choice of a single operating system across multiple markets will be significant for embedded software developers.

The move also demonstrates a move to the 32bit RX family of microcontrollers combined with analogue peripherals and Renesas' MONOS embedded flash which has already taped out at 40nm and a 28nm version is in development and can scale further, added Mizugaki.

- Nick Flaherty
??EE Times Europe

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