San Jose, California – (The Hosting News) – April 3, 2006 –
Semiconductor system solutions provider, Renesas Technology America, Inc., has launched an integrated online learning environment that consists of free training courses, extensive reference library and online laboratories (VirtuaLabs) for design engineers.
According to the company, along with TechOnLine, a host for online learning tools for electronic and computer-system engineers, Renesas will continue to build on the infrastructure which has been steadily expanded and enhanced since the site was launched in May 2002.
Ali Sebt, Vice President of System LSI Business Unit at Renesas Technology America, Inc. explained, ”The improvements we’ve made in courses, testing and infrastructure in the past several years are paying big dividends for our customers. The number of visitors from all around the world and from diverse companies — Fortune 500 firms to small enterprises — has risen steadily, increasing especially dramatically in the past six months. Our feedback indicates that visitors have a growing appreciation of the value the site’s features provide and they are more willing to spend time using the many online capabilities now available.”
According to the company, data on recent activity at the Renesas Interactive site shows that the number of new registered users includes the United States (34%), Europe (28%), and Asia (26%) — now totals over 24,820. The majority of them are engineers involved in hardware or software or systems design. They are drawn to the site by extensive content that covers general information on microcontrollers and embedded system design, and the volumes of specific technical data and application material, as well as by the 60 hours of training course content and ten VirtuaLab laboratory setups. These resources cover six different Renesas product lines: R8C/Tiny, H8 Super Low Power, H8 Tiny, M16C, and H8S series microcontrollers; and SuperH family RISC processors.
Beyond providing engineers access to technical resources, Renesas also enhances the capability of its internal training resources. As many companies face continuous downsizing of budgets, hosting internal training sessions can be costly. For example, to introduce a new product, a semiconductor supplier must provide full-scale technical training sessions including hands-on tutorials to its sales force, reps and distributors. This requires assigning training resources and paying for their time and travel. Subsequently, the supplier’s sales people will have to arrange a series of meetings with customers to promote the new product. By using Renesas Interactive as a training tool, Renesas can save thousands of dollars on training.
Renesas Interactive At a Glance:
Total number of registered users: 24,820
Geographical split: Americas 39%, Europe 28%, Asia Pacific 26%, Miscellaneous 7%
Number of courses available from Renesas: 60
Number of VirtuaLabs: 17
Product lines covered: R8C/Tiny, H8SLP, H8 Tiny, H8S, M16C, SuperH, and Development Tools
Hours of training to date: 12,500 hours of training
These features bolster the main attractions of the Renesas Interactive site:
Free use, 24/7 availability, and accessibility from PCs with web browsers
Open gateway to latest Renesas products and technology
Hands-on, interactive work sessions for learning
A safe environment, protected by encryption with strong authentication
Instant exposure to industry experts in a third-party support community
Time-saving, problem-solving tools for device analysis, comparison and evaluation.
Invite Feature within VirtuaLab allows easy World Wide collaboration/training
To learn more, please visit: www.renesasinteractive.com.