MCUs target graphic displays, voice/vision AI applications
EP&T MagazineAutomation / Robotics Electronics Semiconductors IoT AI ARM MCU microcontrollers Processor semiconductors
RENESAS RA8D1 microcontrollers (MCU) are based on the Arm Cortex-M85 processor, delivering enhanced performance of more than 6.39 CoreMark/MHz combined with ample memory, graphics and peripheral functions optimized to address diverse graphics display solutions and voice/vision multimodal AI requirements for a range of applications in building automation, home appliances, smart home, consumer, and medical market segments. MCUs take advantage of the high performance of the Arm Cortex-M85 processor and Arm’s Helium technology with a vector/SIMD instruction set extension that provides up to a 4X performance boost for digital signal processor (DSP) and machine learning (ML) implementations over the Cortex-M7 core. This added performance is suitable for graphics and neural network processing and can eliminate the need for a separate hardware accelerator in some applications. They also offer advanced security including Arm TrustZone technology, Renesas Security IP (RSIP-E51A), Secure Boot with first stage bootloader in immutable storage, Octal SPI interface with Decryption-on-the-fly (DOTF), and Pointer Authentication and Branch Target Identification (PACBTI) security extension.