Renesas introduces 32-Bit RX66T MCU Group

Renesas has unveiled the RX66T Group of microcontrollers (MCUs) – the first members of Renesas’ flagship 32-bit RX MCU family based on the new third-generation RXv3 CPU core.

These MCUs leverage cutting-edge CPU core technology to achieve substantially improved performance, as much as 2.5 times better than previous RX family MCUs. Combining the powerful new RXv3 core with the strengths of the current RX62T and RX63T MCUs, the RX66T MCUs address the real-time performance and enhanced stability required by inverter control.

The MCUs are intended for use in industrial applications in next-generation smart factory equipment, such as industrial motors, power conditioners and robots, as well as smart home appliances, including air conditioners and washing machines.

When operating at 160 MHz, the RX66T MCUs achieve best-in-class performance of 928 CoreMark, enabling more precise inverter control. The MCUs can control up to four motors simultaneously, making them suitable for conventional motor control and applications requiring multi-axis motor control, such as compact industrial robots and personal robots, which are quickly growing in popularity.

In addition, the RX66T’s extra processing capacity allows developers to add programs using embedded AI (e-AI) for motor fault detection. Such programs can detect motor faults and identify fault location in real time based on the motor’s current or vibration characteristics.

Providing this capability offers developers the significant value-add of productivity, safety, and quality. The RX66T MCUs also integrate a 5V power supply that delivers excellent noise tolerance.

Author
Neil Tyler