Renesas announced that its R-Car H3 and R-Car M3 system-on-chips (SoCs) have been adopted by Toyota for their next-generation multimedia systems. The Renesas R-Car H3 and R-Car M3 SoCs are designed for IVI applications that deliver images, audio, and a variety of information to the driver from both in-vehicle and external sources. The SoCs will appear first in the Lexus NX, scheduled for release from November 2021. These systems are planned to be installed in other Lexus- and Toyota-branded vehicles.

Within Toyota’s new multimedia system, Renesas’ R-Car SoCs provide the ability to import map information, images, and video input from the user’s preferred devices, including smartphones, and connected applications to the vehicle’s display. They also enable functions such as display touch controls, voice recognition and audio output to multiple speakers. In addition, the SoC’s built-in security functions enable secure OTA software updates and provide connected services.

As multimedia system functions vary based on the vehicle model, Toyota has implemented the R-Car H3 in systems for high-end models equipped with full functionality, and the mid-range R-Car M3 in other vehicle models. The R-Car Family provides software compatibility across the product line, contributing to development when extending systems to a range of vehicle models.