Renesas Electronics’ Innovative Automotive Electronics Chip Powers Toyota, Lexus’ Next-Generation Multimedia System

Renesas Electronics Group (TSE: 6723), a global supplier of semiconductor solutions, today announced that Toyota Motor Corporation (“Toyota”) has adopted its R-Car H3 and R-Car M3 system-on-chip (SoC) for next-generation in-vehicle multimedia system. The R-Car H3 and R-Car M3 are designed by Renesas for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) applications, bringing safety and convenience to drivers by delivering images, audio, and various information from inside and outside the vehicle. Toyota’s next-generation multimedia system is scheduled to debut on the Lexus NX – a model that will be released after November 2021 and will be rolled out across a wider range of Lexus and Toyota brands.

Renesas Electronics’ Innovative Automotive Electronics Chip Powers Toyota, Lexus’ Next-Generation Multimedia System

Toyota’s next-generation multimedia system features a large, high-resolution touchscreen Display up to 14 inches. The Display area can be flexibly divided into scalable sections for an excellent combination of advanced functionality and convenience. The system is equipped with rich voice recognition functions, such as quick start in response to voice commands, in-vehicle audio system, and over-the-air update (OTA) software.

Among these functions, Renesas’ R-Car SoC enables smooth import of map information, images, and video input from the user’s preferred devices (including smartphones and connected apps) to the large display, handles display control via touch As well as voice recognition via microphone input and audio output to multiple speakers. Not only that, the R-Car SoC has built-in security features to ensure secure OTA software updates, and provides advanced connectivity services supported by the R-Car’s reliable computing performance.

Multimedia system functions vary by model. Toyota positions the R-Car H3 as a full-featured high-end model, while other models use the R-Car M3 mid-range version. R-Car offers excellent software compatibility across different chips, helping to make development more efficient when extending the system to multiple vehicle models. In addition, Renesas’ rich ecosystem partners provide additional development support.

“To meet the diverse needs of users in the CASE era, a new multimedia system has emerged,” said Masato Kobayashi, head of the Connectivity System Development Department, Toyota Motor Corporation. “In the development of a superior system, the two biggest challenges we face are Efficiently develop and design complex automotive software while ensuring the necessary performance. Designed for automotive applications, Renesas’ R-Car SoCs offer superior performance and reliability, and are backed by a robust ecosystem – which This combination enables us to develop innovative multimedia systems.”

Ken Kataoka, Senior Vice President of Renesas Electronics and General Manager of the Automotive Electronics Solutions Business Division, said, “It is great to see the Renesas R-Car SoC as an important part of Toyota’s next-generation multimedia system and equipped with this feature in new Lexus models. Also coming soon. I am eagerly looking forward to the next generation of cockpit systems that provide an intuitive user experience for a variety of future models. I also look forward to future models that bring safety, convenience and a better experience to users worldwide be promoted.”

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