Microsoft Windows Embedded Automotive 7 Gets Renesas Support

The recently launched Windows Embedded Automotive 7 platform from Microsoft will use the R-Car ARM and SH-4A system-on-chip (SoC) series from Renesas Electronics, the company announced today. Using this platform, automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Tier 1 suppliers, and after-market systems providers can create new infotainment systems.

Microsoft’s Visual Studio tools, a fully integrated development environment (IDE) including a compiler, are already in place to support Renesas Electronics’ SH-4A device so designers can start development immediately.

Additionally, with Microsoft’s Silverlight tool for Windows Embedded Automotive 7, developers are able to quickly create rich device UIs with engaging 2-D and 3-D graphics by utilizing a familiar Microsoft technology and taking advantage of a large ecosystem of Silverlight designers.

Microsoft is excited to be working with Renesas Electronics and our entire global partner ecosystem to deliver next-generation in-vehicle infotainment experiences,” said Steve Bridgeland, senior product manager for Windows Embedded, Microsoft Corp. “With the Windows Embedded Automotive 7 platform and Renesas Electronics’ R-Car SoC, car makers have the latest tools and technology so they can focus on transforming the in-car experience for their customers.

Renesas Electronics and Microsoft continue to collaborate to bring advanced system solutions to the global automotive market,” said Jim Trent, vice president, Automotive Business Unit, Renesas Electronics America. “Offering each company's products will help usher in the next generation of in-car infotainment electronics.

Automotive applications include instrument clusters, navigation, entertainment center, hands-free mobile phone, automotive web client device, location-based services, HVAC climate controls, and automotive diagnostics information portals.
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