MCU group with superior performance and advanced security for IoT applications

12-10-2020 | Renesas | Semiconductors

Renesas Electronics Corporation has expanded of its RA6 Series MCUs with nine new RA6M4 Group MCUs, expanding the RA Family to 42 MCUs. These 32-bit MCUs extend operating performance up to 200MHz employing the Arm Cortex-M33 core based on Armv8-M architecture with Arm TrustZone technology. The MCUs provide optimised performance together with leading-edge security and connectivity supported by the easy-to-use FSP. Also, the company's partner ecosystem provides software and hardware building blocks that work out-of-the-box with RA6M4 MCUs and FSP to address Industrial 4.0, building automation, healthcare, metering, and home appliance applications.

With robust security, rich connectivity, large embedded RAM with parity/ECC, low power consumption, and use of the Arm developer and tools ecosystem, the MCUs quicken the development of intelligent IoT edge and endpoint devices. The company's enhanced Secure Crypto Engine provides exceptional security solutions, including multiple symmetric and asymmetric cryptography accelerators, security lifecycle management, advanced key management, tamper detection, and increased resistance to side-channel attack, as well as Arm TrustZone technology. These integrated security features make the MCUs an excellent choice for connected applications and allow customers to achieve lower BOM cost and secure element functionality in all their IoT designs.

“Delivering on our promise at the launch of the RA MCU Family last October, I’m proud to announce its expansion with the RA6M4 MCUs. They offer customers best-in-class performance and security enhancements built with Arm Cortex-M33 cores that clearly deliver more memory, memory interface expansion, better power efficiency and wake-up time, and more connectivity options,” said Roger Wendelken, senior vice president of Renesas’ IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit. “We intend to delight our customers who appreciate the higher level of security and IoT connectivity that the RA6M4 MCU Group brings with the confidence and ease of use that only comes by designing with Arm and securing with Arm TrustZone technology.”

“IoT edge and endpoint technologies are opening up new opportunities for developers to build smaller devices, with greater privacy and less dependence on the cloud,” said Dipti Vachani, senior vice president and general manager, Automotive and IoT Line of Business at Arm. “The RA6M4 MCUs move intelligence closer to the data, with Arm TrustZone technology built in to ensure privacy and data integrity, helping securely accelerate the growth of IoT.”

By Natasha Shek