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Renesas Products Help Make the World More Energy Efficient
At Renesas, we aspire to be the world’s leading semiconductor company, which also means developing sustainable products and solutions that benefits all humankind. We want to build a future where our products and solutions help make lives easier and creates a better world for all of us. To make everything intelligent and connected, high computing performance plays a key role. We believe that energy efficiency and robust safety and security goes even further to make our products and our customers’ systems sustainable, which ultimately contributes to realizing a greener society.
Energy-Efficient Products and Solutions
As the industries addressing CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services, Electric) and DX (digital transformation) continue to develop vigorously, energy-efficient embedded processors play a key role in achieving power efficiency for a vast range of verticals, including automotive, industrial, infrastructure and IoT. We recognize that the energy demand of our products contributes to the global environmental impact of technology. Renesas’ embedded processors and analog and power products portfolio can be effectively combined to provide our customers with integrated solutions that help their systems achieve the goals of energy efficiency, reliability and reduced bill of materials (BOM) cost.
See how Renesas is contributing to make the society greener by designing energy efficiency in its embedded products and also by helping our customers build energy-efficient systems.
Renesas Products Help Make the World More Energy Efficient
Renesas has long been a world-leading supplier of low-power microprocessors (MPUs) and microcontrollers (MCUs), and more recently has expanded its power-efficient analog and power portfolio through the acquisitions of Intersil and IDT. Achieving energy efficiency in our products is a principal goal in each step of our research and development, and design processes
Renesas Super Green Devices
At Renesas, we promote Eco-Product Initiatives as one pillar of our environmental activities. Through this initiative we provide environmentally-conscious semiconductors throughout the product lifecycle, including procurement, use and disposal.
To create such eco-products, we evaluate our products in eight categories such as safety and power conservation, indexing the results to compare to previous generations of products. Products that have been evaluated to exceed a certain level of environmental performance as a result of these assessments are certified as “Renesas Super Green Device” and are disclosed both internally and externally. In 2019, the below products were certified as Renesas Super Green Devices.
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The world’s most energy-efficient RE MCU family
Incorporating Arm® Cortex® M Core, the RE Family is developed with Renesas’ exclusive Silicon-On-Thin-Buried-Oxide (SOTB™) process technology, realizing ultra-low current consumption in both active and standby modes and enabling high-speed operation (64MHz) at low voltage (1.62V), which is extremely difficult to achieve with a conventional bulk silicon process. The RE Family of MCUs can significantly extend battery life and deliver higher performance with a smaller battery size. Its on-chip energy harvesting controller can bring development to a new chapter by eliminating the battery completely to achieve a maintenance-free system.
Renesas Products Enable Customers to Build More Energy-Efficient Systems
At Renesas, we provide devices that contribute to making our customers’ electronic equipment and systems energy efficient. Our products includes devices that offer extreme low power consumption themselves (example: Renesas Super Green Devices) and devices that contribute to making the customers’ systems energy efficient when they adopt of the devices. By actively developing these devices, our products contribute to a more sustainable society.
How we help address the advancement of xEV with better power efficiency
It is predicted that by 2050, 21% of the number of vehicles sold (0.13 billion cars) and 16% of vehicles owned around the world (2.1 billion vehicles) will be battery electric vehicles (BEVs)/fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs). This is forecasted to result in reducing CO2 emission by 1.4 billion tons. Through the wide adoption of electrified vehicles (xEVs), Renesas’ products contribute to the overall reduction of CO2 emissions.
xEVs are becoming more popular with the introduction of stricter limits on vehicle CO2 emissions as a measure to deal with global warming and help achieve a “sustainable society” that is environmentally friendly, safe and livable. Renesas offers a wide range of solutions and evaluation kits to help accelerate xEV advancements with better power efficiency.
How we help realize energy-efficient home appliances
Energy consumption in the home makes up 14% of the overall energy consumption in Japan, and 70% of that 14% is attributable to air cooling and heating, kitchen, motive power and lighting. 5% of the energy source of energy consumption in the home is electricity, and appliances that use the most electricity includes air conditioning equipment such as ACs, motive power to operate refrigerators and washing machines, lighting equipment and TVs.
Renesas’ products contribute to the reduction of this energy consumption as a result of the wider use of smart home appliances.
Thanks to the IoT, home appliances and industrial machinery are attaining greater functionality based on network connectivity and human machine interface (HMI) enhancements. Creating products that are more power efficient helps us use limited interior space and address higher temperature environments effectively. In the case of home appliances, not only is HMI becoming increasingly advanced, but designs using capacitive touch are also becoming more sophisticated.
Click here to see how Renesas is helping our customers build a wide range of other energy-efficient home appliances.
How we help realize energy-efficient building automation
According to the IEA, building and construction are responsible for approximately 28% of all carbon emissions in the world, when including indirect emissions from electricity consumption. CO2 emissions in 2019 were 10 gigatons, reaching a historical all-time high. 2019 saw 29 countries in the northern hemisphere reach new records of high temperatures in the summer, and such abnormally high temperatures drive demand for electricity. Investments made in relation to energy efficiency in buildings and constructions in 2019 totaled over $150 billion USD.
Renesas offers an indoor air quality control solution for IoT smart homes, office buildings and factory automation sites. Featuring a ZMOD4410 gas sensor and HS300x humidity sensor family, along with an RL78/G14 microcontroller, this Renesas solution senses the environment for gases to measure and improve air quality. It meets strict air quality regulations, saves energy, and helps users maintain their health and wellness.
Click here to read our blog on Indoor air quality solution.
Safe & Secure Products and Solutions
Making our future society safe and secure through sustainable products and solutions is at the heart of innovation. Renesas provides a wealth of solutions to directly address the system-level safety and security concerns of our customers. With our safe and secure products and solutions, we want to build a future where our products and solutions help make lives easier and creates a better world for all of us.
Renesas’ functional safety and security technologies are designed to meet the industry’s highest ISO/IEC standards for reliability and performance to help our customers achieve system-level functional safety and secure designs. To meet the industry’s stringent industrial standards compliance, Renesas offers dedicated functional safety and security product portfolios.
Renesas Products Increase Safety on the Roads, in the Workplace, and at Home
1.35 million deaths are caused annually by road traffic accidents around the world – one of the top 10 causes of death according to the WHO. Over half of road traffic accidents victims are vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists, bikers and passengers), and there are expectations for the development of safe vehicles. In addition, the reduction of road traffic accidents is included as one of the SDGs targets. Japan targets beyond November 2021, while Europe targets 2020 to make Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) mandatory.
Renesas’ products contribute to the advancement of ADAS through smart cameras, surround view, and quick start software for cognitive and recognition.
To help our customers achieve system-level functional safety and secure designs and to meet the industry’s stringent industrial standards compliance, Renesas offers dedicated functional safety and security product portfolios.
Renesas functional safety & security solutions are designed to achieve zero accidents on the road
See our ADAS solutions designed to comply with critical automotive standards, such as the ISO 26262 functional safety specification.
Renesas’ products for connected cars help build Root-of-Trust systems
As connected cars becomes ubiquitous, driven by megatrends such as automated driving and connectivity, the demand for safe and secure electronic systems is increasing. As the world’s leading automotive semiconductor supplier, Renesas’ functional safety and security solutions are critical components for existing and future connected cars.
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