TOKYO, Japan, Sep 25, 2013 - Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723, Renesas) , Murata Manufacturing Co, Ltd. (TSE: 6981, Murata) , and Ubiquitous Corporation (TSE: 3858, Ubiquitous) today announced that they have started a technological collaboration on development of high-speed network connection technology targeting the IVI (In-Vehicle Infotainment) market, which is expected to expand in coming several years led by the progress of IT and networking and the accelerated adoption of cloud computing system.
With the explosive spread of smartphones, there is a growing demand for network servicing also in automotive environment. Amidst this situation, standardization of connection between smartphone and IVI is in progress and such technology is assumed to be more complex and high performance in the near future. Therefore in the state-of-the-art IVI platform, high-performance network OS (operating system) originally used in information system is more likely to be adopted instead of the OS dedicated to embedded system. Although these general-purpose, high-performance OS require certain amount of time for activation, quick start-up of the system is strongly demanded for quick display of back camera or quick output of radio sound. Assuming that high-speed Wi-Fi linkup between IVI and smartphone would be essential for comfortable use of in-car network servicing, Renesas, Murata and Ubiquitous have come to collaborate in creating a platform solution leveraging their advantages of respective technologies.
Trend of IVI Network Support
As the popularity of the smartphone grew rapidly, adoption of in-car network servicing system has been eagerly considered. Meanwhile, implementation of Wi-Fi system to IVI is about to go into stride and the average annual growth rate of the implementation is expected to grow rapidly.. Some of the smartphones now comply with the IEEE802.11ac, the next-generation standard succeeding the IEEE802.11n, and the IEEE802.11ac standard is now expected to be adopted to automotive environment. The high-speed throughput realized by the IEEE802.11ac standard not only contributes to a comfortable network servicing, but also enhances automotive infotainment system by enabling smooth replay of movie contents such as Miracast™. Moreover, the IEEE802.11ai standard is expected to play a part in improvement of user convenience with quick initial connection and authentication.
Combining Renesas' automotive SoC, the "R-Car" which holds the world's No.1 share in automotive infotainment market, Murata's Wi-Fi module and driver software, which attains the No.1 share worldwide and Ubiquitous' high-speed activation solution and wireless communication software technology that are widely adopted in automotive devices, the companies aim to offer a platform solution for comfortable network servicing by realizing quick activation of the IVI system while supporting the latest standard , Renesas, Murata, and Ubiquitous intend to contribute to expansion of IVI market by providing this user-friendly and easy-to-use platform solution.
Image of the Solution to be Realized through the Collaboration
Renesas, Murata, and Ubiquitous together aim to achieve No.1 share in the expanding IVI, display audio markets.
"Providing a technology that integrates smartphones into automotive infotainment systems is one of the most required technologies in next-generation automotive information device market, and is regarded as the top priority solution for Renesas' R-Car business," said Tatsuya Nishihara, Chief of Automotive Solutions Business Division, Renesas Electronics Corporation "I am greatly excited to providing a new solution to our customers through working with Murata and Ubiquitous. With combined strength of the three, we will contribute to the realization of the connected car technology."
"As 'connection' is expected to be an essential key word in future cars, I am pleased to offering an appealing solution of our connectivity module technology united with Renesas' SoC and Ubiquitous' software," said Norio Nakajima, Board of Director, Executive Vice President, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. "Murata will contribute to growth of automotive industry by implementing Wi-Fi to as many automotive devices as possible to realize easy, comfortable in-car network servicing."
"I am looking forward to offering a new platform solution to the market for the realization of connected car by working with Renesas and Murata, the two major companies that have proven track records in the field of automotive market," said Kanji Mihara, President, Ubiquitous Corporation. "We intend to devote ourselves for an early realization of the high-speed network connection technology for automotive devices by combining our 'compact' , 'light' , and 'high-speed' embedded software, which Ubiquitous has been working on offering since the foundation of the company with Renesas' and Murata's excellent hardware performances."
About Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723)
Renesas Electronics Corporation, 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 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 .
About Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6981)
Ever since its founding in 1944, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has made use of the electrical properties of ceramics to become a global general manufacturer of electronic components that has developed and marketed a variety of products. With its slogan "Innovator in Electronics®" it has created unique products and is contributing to the growth of an electronics-based society. Murata Manufacturing will continue its efforts to support safe and comfortable lifestyles in numerous fields including automobiles, the environment, energy, and healthcare, and to contribute to the development of global culture.
About Ubiquitous Corporation (TSE: 3858)
Ubiquitous Corporation was established with the dream of a ubiquitous network seamlessly connecting devices the world over. Today Ubiquitous Corporation is a Leading Embedded Software Development Company, famous for the Compact, Efficient and Fast software it produces.
*Miracast is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other registered trademarks or trademarks are the property of their respective owners
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. Murata is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. For more information, visit Murata's website at www.murata.com