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Renesas RZ/T1 processors feature real-time control and network connectivity for industrial equipment

The RZ/T1 processor group from Renesas Electronics Corporation is a new factory automation solution with built-in industrial network functionality for use in industrial applications such as AC servo drives, motion controllers, inverter control and general industrial equipment that require high speed, responsiveness, and excellent real-time performance.

The new devices are built around the ARM Cortex-R4F core operating at up to 600 megahertz (MHz) and are configured with two regions of tightly coupled memory, which is linked directly to the CPU core, removing the need for cache memory. TCMs support critical routines, such as interrupt handling routines or real-time tasks, ensuring the highest level of responsiveness with no cache latency. The RZ/T1 also integrates the R-IN Engine industrial Ethernet communication accelerator. It provides the same multi-protocol features as the highly regarded Renesas R-IN Series, with support for multiple industrial Ethernet communication standards, including EtherCAT.

The RZ/T1 devices likewise retain many of the peripheral functions of the Renesas RX Family and SH Family, making it easier for system manufacturers to design scalable industrial control equipment systems leveraging multiple Renesas architectures.

Key Features of the RZ/T1 Solutions:

  • Cortex-R4F core operating at up to 600 MHz and high-speed, large-capacity tightly coupled memory linked directly to the CPU core for high-speed processing and excellent responsiveness.
  • R-IN Engine industrial Ethernet communication accelerator
  • Peripheral functions retained from proven Renesas MCUs for scalability, and improved new peripheral functions and safety functions for industrial equipment
  • Addition of encoder interface support provides a single-chip AC servo solution

The RZ/T1 Group includes ten new devices, and samples are scheduled to be available beginning January 2015. Mass production is scheduled to begin in October 2015.

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