Multicore Association Announces Renesas Electronics’ Participation as a New Board Member

Multicore Association Announces Renesas Electronics’ Participation as a New Board Member to Drive Emerging Multicore and ManyCore Standards

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EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. — Aug. 28, 2013 – The Multicore Association™, a global non-profit organization focused on developing standards that help speed time to market for products that involve multicore implementations, announced today that Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723, Renesas) has joined the consortium as an executive board member.

“Renesas is a leading innovator in the areas of microcontrollers and SoCs for applications spanning automotive, audio-visual devices, communications, and factory automation,” said Multicore Association President, Markus Levy. “Renesas involvement with the Multicore Association, especially focused on our new Software-Hardware Interface for Multi-Many Core (SHIM) standard, will provide very well-rounded guidance and a practical perspective on designing with multicore technology.”

“Renesas strongly supports the MCA and its mission to guide the long-term development of open standards for multicore solutions,” said Dr. Fumio Arakawa, Chief Professional, CPU Development Department, Core Technology Business Division, 1st Solution Business Unit of Renesas Electronics Corporation. “Our history is marked by a commitment to innovation that’s truly useful for customers, as well as dedication to open standards and a broad ecosystem that furthers industry-wide collaboration. Our work with MCA supports that commitment. As we advance the technology within our products based on multicore and manycore architectures, it will become critical for our development tool partners to have a standardized interface to the hardware – this in turn will benefit our customers and support quicker time to market.”

The Multicore Association is working to enable the widespread adoption of multicore processor-based implementations by setting standards for how systems will be utilized and programmed. As a semiconductor design innovator, Renesas will help the Multicore Association drive standards for deploying multicore solutions in high performance embedded systems.

The Multicore Association provides three levels of membership, with executive board, working group, and university members. The executive board helps determine the overall direction of the organization. Working group members are eligible to work on any of the working groups. University members may participate in any of the Multicore Association’s ongoing development work.


About The Multicore Association

The Multicore Association provides a neutral forum for vendors who are interested in, working with, and/or proliferating multicore-related products, including processors, infrastructure, devices, software, and applications. The consortium has made freely available its Multicore Communications API (MCAPI), Multicore Resource Management API (MRAPI), and Multicore Task Management (MTAPI) specifications, as well as its Multicore Programming Practices (MPP) guide. In addition to the SHIM working group, the organization has active working groups focused on Multicore Virtualization, Multicore Communications (Version 2.x), and Tools Infrastructure (TIWG).

Members include Abo Akademi University, Advanced Cluster Systems, Broadcom, Carnegie Mellon University, Cavium Networks, Codeplay, CriticalBlue, Delft University of Technology, EADS North America, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, EfficiOS, Enea, Ericsson, eSOL, Freescale Semiconductor, Huawei, Imagination Technologies, Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes, LG Electronics Co, Lockheed Martin, LSI, Mentor Graphics, Nagoya University, National Instruments, Netronome, Nokia Siemens Networks, PolyCore Software, Qualcomm, Renesas Electronics (BRD), Siemens AG, Texas Instruments, TOPS Systems, University of Houston, Vector Fabrics, and Wind River. Further information is available at www.multicore-association.org.

About Renesas

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world’s number one supplier of microcontrollers, is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions and a broad range of analog and power devices. Business operations began as Renesas Electronics in April 2010 through the integration of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) and Renesas Technology Corp., with operations spanning research, development, design and manufacturing for a wide range of applications. Headquartered in Japan, Renesas Electronics has subsidiaries in 20 countries worldwide. More information can be found at www.renesas.com.

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