Renesas choose Altium as PCB design software for its internal work

Date: 27/06/2023
Renesas, the global automotive semiconductor leader who makes world's leading microcontroller chips has announced that it has standardized development of all printed-circuit board (PCB) design on the Altium 365 cloud-based platform from Altium, LLC, an exclusive PCB design software solutions provider competing with Cadence and Siemens.

Chipmakers generally provide reference designs and test kits in the form of ready to use boards to test their chips. So a lot of board development happens internally. For that purpose and any other such circuit design, Renesas selects a single PCB design software helping Renesas to integrate components from its different business groups Renesas had recently acquired. Renesas says a uniform PCB design tool will streamline board designs used for demonstrating and evaluating reducing complexity, improving cost structure and faster time to market.


Renesas calls its reference designs as "Winning Combinations" which are engineering-vetted designs integrating company's embedded processing, analog, power, and connectivity.

Renesas can also share its PCB design related data to its customer to speed up designs and lowering overall risk in bringing designs to market. Renesas now offers more than 400 Winning Combinations for a wide range of customers and markets.

Altium 365 is one of the most preferred PCB design software where designers users can collaborate with stakeholders and other participants while maintaining IP security and keeping designs under revision control. Users can organize designs, libraries, and participants in one place while sharing links to designs for real-time collaboration. With the use of CAD-specific intelligence, data can be stored and accessed online. Renesas will publish all its products’ ECAD libraries to the Altium Public Vault. With features such as manufacturer part search on Altium365, customers can choose Renesas parts directly from the Altium library for faster time to market, said Renesas in its release.

“Renesas has made a commitment to digital transformation and making the customer design process easier,” said Chris Allexandre, Senior Vice President, CSMO and Head of the Global Sales and Marketing Unit at Renesas. “The ECAD tool migration is an important step in our journey, and we look forward to continuing collaboration and to strengthening our partnership with Altium.”

“This migration tightly aligns with Renesas’ solution and digitalization strategy, which includes Quick-Connect Platforms and other strategic initiatives,” said DK Singh, VP Renesas System and Solution Team. “This development workflow harmonization will enable internal global collaboration and make it easier for customers to integrate Renesas products and solutions into their systems.”

Renesas said it will continue to offer full support to customers leveraging ECAD design platforms other than Altium and provide ECAD libraries for other ECAD tools as needed by customers. We are strengthening our partnership with Altium, and this ECAD tool unification is the first chapter of our journey as we work on multiple initiatives to strengthen our “broader and deeper” market strategy.

“Renesas is truly a world leader in the semiconductor business, with one of the industry’s broadest product lineups and a design footprint that spans the globe,” said Marc Boonen, Chief Commercial Officer at Altium. “We are proud that Renesas has chosen Altium 365 as their platform of choice and are looking forward to working together to deliver high-quality integrated solutions faster and less expensively than ever before.”