This is an interview taken with the Renesas Electronics Corporation at the Printed Electronics USA event. Renesas Electronics Corporation is a supplier of microcontrollers and of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions and a range of analog and power devices. For more information see http://am.renesas.com and http://www.IDTechEx.com
Qualcomm shows their AllJoyn open source project part of the AllSeen Alliance Internet of Everything development platform featuring the Qualcomm QCA4002 on the GT202 reference design development board with Freescale Freedomboard, Renesas RX11 and STMicroelectronics Microcontrollers, as well as launching the very low power Qualcomm QCA401x Wi-Fi chip that includes a RTOS based Microcontroller to power end-point devices like light bulbs and home surveillance cameras to answer manufacturer demand for increased computing, memory, and advanced features while lowering size, cost, and power consumption.
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Renesas Mobile demonstrates their MP5232 platform, containing a Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 at 1.5Ghz, PowerVR SGX544 GPU and integrated Cat-4 LTE/HSPA/2G triple-mode modem in a single chip, which offers a solution to handset vendors that significantly lowers the cost and power consumption of high-performance LTE smartphones. Together with Renesas MP5225 platform, a two-chip solution for high-end smartphones, and Renesas SP2531, a modem-only platform for Triple-Mode LTE/HSPA/2G data cards and embedded modules, Renesas Mobile is bringing LTE to the Mass Market.
Here's the press release:
TOKYO, Japan, February 15, 2012 — Renesas Electronics Corporation and its subsidiary, Renesas Mobile Corporation, a leading supplier of advanced cellular semiconductor solutions and platforms, today announced the availability of the MP5232, the first single-chip, high-performance, scalable smartphone platform optimised to address the US$150-300 range device market. The MP5232 platform is designed to enable OEMs to accelerate the creation and delivery of high volume LTE/HSPA+ capable smartphones, tablets and mobile Internet devices the industry requires to deliver the full potential of LTE.
The MP5232 platform sets a new benchmark in terms of levels of integration and performance for fully featured high-volume LTE devices. At its heart, the Renesas Mobile modem, deployed in over two billion devices to date, delivers the industry's highest throughput and low power multi-mode FDD and TDD-LTE Category 4 capabilities. Combined with a state-of-the-art application processor the platform delivers a no-compromise user experience with multi-core computing power, industry-leading graphics, video and imaging capabilities. The platform also includes advanced RF transceivers, power management and audio solutions. This highly integrated smartphone platform is delivered fully tested and certified to enable customers to bring new generations of fully-featured LTE/HSPA+ smartphones to market in as little as six to nine months.
“We are seeing a number of US$600+ LTE super phone devices being launched in the market, but the industry needs a wider penetration of LTE devices for the business case for LTE to pay off,” commented Jean-Marie Rolland, CTO and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Renesas Mobile Corporation. “The MP5232 platform represents a new category of mobile platform optimised to increase the number of fully-featured, LTE high volume smartphones in the market. By integrating high performing, proven technologies the platform offers a low risk path for device manufacturers to create high volume, premium capability LTE multi-mode products for multiple market segments quickly and effectively, without having to make any compromises in terms of features or user experience.”
“The whole mobile industry is undoubtedly committed to LTE as the technology of choice for 4G services. However, it becomes increasingly challenging adding LTE to an already packed mobile devices that are required to support different legacy modes and bands,” said Malik Saadi, Principal Analyst, Informa Telecoms and Media. “In order to achieve global economies, vendors are keen to offer LTE multiband and multimode devices capable of roaming across different networks and regions, without compromising price, user experience, form factor, or power consumption.”
Renesas Mobile has brought its extensive consumer electronics industry expertise to the development of the platform, ensuring that the MP5232 benefits from the latest process technologies, methodologies and multimedia capabilities. The resulting platform is smarter by design with the lowest possible platform cost compared to current generation chipsets and an extremely high level of integration. In addition, the platform benefits from a unique modem architecture designed to consume the lowest possible power. Scalability and flexibility are baked in, allowing OEMs to create devices that address multiple price points and segments with minimal development time and maximum hardware and software reuse. Certified and proven technologies ensure that development, certification and maintenance costs are reduced.
Based on the Renesas Mobile's state-of-the-art application processor technology, the MP5232 platform delivers a no-compromise user experience with 1.5GHz dual-core computing power, industry-leading graphics, video and imaging capabilities. The platform supports differentiating features including multi-camera and multi-display support, full HD 1080p multi-format video encoding/decoding, stereoscopic 3D (S3D) video and advanced graphics to deliver a console-like gaming experiences and engaging user interfaces.
Renesas Mobile consulting and support services leverage the company's extensive system and production expertise to provide assistance at all stages of implementation, from design through to production. This support significantly reduces not only development time, but also production tuning and test time.
Samples of the MP5232 platform are available Q1 2012 to lead OEM's in the form of reference designs together with supporting documentation, software and hardware. Pricing is available on request.
- New Processor to Cut Cost of LTE Smartphones, Says Renesas (pcworld.com)
- Renesas Mobile Introduces First Integrated LTE Triple-Mode Platform Optimised for Full-Featured, High Volume Smartphones (prnewswire.com)
- Renesas MP5232 SoC promises dual-core processing and LTE connectivity for less cash (engadget.com)
Here's another new ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core capacitive 7" tablet. TAL also provides some educational software for tablets, with interesting online features, assignment collaboration for school classes, overlay highlights, drawings, note taking and more.
Quality Industrial has a $80 Rockchip Rk2818 resistive (+$15 for capacitive) and they are also showing a 1024x600 7" capacitive 3G-enabled NEC/Renesas ARM Cortex-A9 533Mhz Dual-Core based tablet for about $200 a piece.
Video-review of the NEC/Renesas based dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 533Mhz capacitive 7″ tablet from livall.cn (desert safari and camel version)
Since I know that you can't wait for me to post more Android tablet videos, I decided to start filming my review in the desert while doing the desert safari and riding a camel, so you can further check out this cool new NEC/Renesas 533Mhz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 7" capacitive tablet that I got from livall.cn. I'll post my full real video-review once I am back in Copenhagen later today.
You can also watch these other Qatar videos that I filmed:
1. Arrived in Qatar
2. Walking the Souq Waqif, the Corniche and checking out the Doha skyscrapers at night
3. Desert Safari with Arabian Adventure Qatar (includes a fun Video-review of the NEC/Renesas based dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 533Mhz capacitive 7″ tablet from livall.cn)
This Taiwanese company designs and develops NEC/Renesas based PCBA for some of these interesting new NEC/Renesas based 533Mhz ARM Cortex-A9 based tablets that are coming out. The price using Gaia's NEC/Renesas solution can be $110 for the 7" 800x480 capacitive, and $150 for the 7" 1024x600 capacitive with 3G when purchased in very large quantities.
NEC/Renesas 533Mhz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 based smooth looking capacitive tablet to be sold at $125 for bulk orders (of at least 1000 pieces). They let me buy one sample at $171, so let me know in the comments what you would like me to test in my upcoming video review of this NEC/Renesas Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 based tablet.