Motor control embedded processing portfolio expanded with over 35 new MCUs

01-06-2023 | Renesas | Semiconductors

Renesas Electronics Corporation has released three new MCU groups for motor control applications. The company is introducing over 35 new products, comprising devices from the RX and RA families. The new MCUs add to the motor control portfolio, including multiple MCU and MPU families, analog and power solutions, sensors, communications devices, signal conditioners, etc.

The company is introducing two new MCU groups from its RA Family of Arm Cortex-M devices. The RA4T1 Group delivers 100MHz performance with up to 256KB of flash and 40KB SRAM. The new RA6T3 Group offers a 200MHz operating frequency and provides 256KB of flash and 40KB SRAM. Both new groups offer impressive features and functions specifically for motor control applications, including trigonometric function units (TFUs) for acceleration, advanced ADC with integrated PGA, and a wide choice of communication interfaces, including CAN FD. The company's Flexible Software Package supports the new parts for easy porting of designs from other RA family devices.

The company also supplies new RX26T Group MCUs from the RX family operating at 120MHz with up to 512KB of flash memory and 64KB SRAM. They support 5V power supplies, providing high noise immunity and control accuracy. They also offer TFUs, on-chip timing, and interrupt control. Customers of the popular RX24T MCUs can effortlessly scale designs to the new RX26T products to take advantage of existing design software while realising performance and control efficiency improvements.

"For many years, the world's leading providers of home appliances, industrial equipment, and building and office automation have turned to Renesas for motor control processing," said Roger Wendelken, senior vice president, and Head of the MCU Business at Renesas. "We offer the industry's broadest product lineup and most comprehensive technology portfolio, along with an unmatched ability to deliver complete solutions encompassing a wide array of critical functions. In addition, Renesas' legendary quality is particularly important in motor control applications."

"The industrial motor market is expected to grow strongly as industrialisation and machine automation technology continue to advance in emerging nations. The market will also benefit from the industry-wide development of new manufacturing facilities in response to growing geopolitical risks," said Takanobu Yamanishi, Senior Researcher at Fuji Keizai. "In particular, there is significant market potential in robotics, electronic component manufacturing equipment, and power tools, all of which extensively use MCUs. We expect that with its broad range of motor control MCUs that address diverse customer requirements, Renesas can help the industry accelerate its growth."

All of the new MCUs are supported by the company's Flexible Motor Control development kit, which allows easy evaluation of motor control using permanent magnet synchronous motors (brushless DC motors) and the Renesas Motor Workbench development tool. Its MCUs can save energy in the end systems by enhancing motor control efficiency.

By Seb Springall