Renesas Electronics Joins Linux Foundation

Provider of semiconductor solutions will participate in Consumer Electronics workgroup, LinuxCon Japan

SAN FRANCISCO {Embedded Linux Conference} April 11, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Renesas Electronics Corporation is its newest member.

Renesas is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, including microcontrollers (MCUs), systems-on-chip (SoC) solutions and a broad range of analog and power devices. The Japan-based company is aggressively investing in the areas of next-generation automotives, mobile phones, set-top boxes and other increasingly sophisticated electronics that are running Linux. For example, Renesas recently announced new SoCs for next-generation mobile phones and for dashboard-mounted car navigation systems, respectively, that support advanced human machine interfaces (HMI).

Renesas will contribute to Linux Foundation activities in the areas of embedded Linux and will participate in the Consumer Electronics (CE) working group and LinuxCon Japan (http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon-japan), among other activities. The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) merged with The Linux Foundation late last year to form the Consumer Electronics (CE) working group and align resources to more efficiently enable the adoption of Linux in the CE industry. For more information about CELF, please visit: http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/celf.

“The Linux Foundation has brought together all the major embedded Linux stakeholders to collaborate on advancing the operating system for a variety of next-generation devices,” said Hiromi Watanabe, General Manager, SoC Software Platform Division, Renesas Electronics Corporation. “Renesas wants to be a part of this work and will contribute to the community as well as look for ways to help accelerate its own roadmap and strategy.”

“We are honored to welcome Renesas to The Linux Foundation,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs. “Renesas brings to The Linux Foundation unique expertise about the Japanese and global markets for embedded Linux and we look forward to its contributions to the Linux community.”

About The Linux Foundation
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