Renesas Electronics Corporation has expanded access to its portfolio of intellectual property (IP) licenses that allow designers to meet a broad range of customer requirements. Customers will have access to IPs such as advanced 7-nm (nanometer) SRAM and TCAM, and leading-edge standard Ethernet time-sensitive networking (TSN) IP.
In addition, Renesas is working on providing a system IP which includes PIM (processing in memory), which attracted attention as an AI accelerator, presented in a conference paper in June 2019. With these IPs, customers can jump start their advanced semiconductor device development projects, such as developing next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) chips or ASICs for leading-edge 5G networks.
Customers developing custom chips or using FPGA devices for early development can leverage Renesas IP in their subsystem design or speed up software development, respectively, allowing them to focus resources on their specialty areas, speed up the development process, and bring highly competitive products to market. Customers who prefer to use existing software assets can leverage Renesas IP assets to achieve more efficient system development, by reducing the resources required to develop, verify, and evaluate software and boards.
"Since we first opened our IP license portfolio last September, the responses from fabless semiconductor companies and manufacturers has been resoundingly positive, and we are pleased to continue bringing new IP offerings to the market and help accelerate the development of next-generation technologies," said Tetsuya Matsumoto, Vice President, Shared R&D Core IP Division at Renesas Electronics Corporation, in a statement. "We are also extremely pleased that IPs using Renesas technology extends the provision of semiconductor devices, and is enabling other markets, such as users’ in-house custom semiconductors, mass production in FPGAs, and deviceless advance technological development efforts."
To support customers’ semiconductor development efforts, Renesas has also established a network of partner companies ready to support users' needs. This network includes design houses that perform contract semiconductor design and technology partners who will provide an array of software and middleware tools. This network will accelerate users' technology innovations and product development efforts by lowering the barriers to entry for semiconductor device and FPGA development. Renesas can also introduce experienced users to model-based design development environments that fully utilize leading-edge IP.
Renesas opened its extensive IP license portfolio, offering access to CPU cores, timer IP for motor applications, USB cores, and SRAM, in September 2018.