Renesas Expands HMI Support with RZ/G MPUs

Renesas has expanded its RZ microprocessor (MPU) Family to support the growing range of human-machine interface (HMI)- and vision-based systems, with performance scalability from entry-level to highly complex embedded applications. The new RZ/G1C MPUs from the Renesas RZ/G Series enable rapid development of high-performance HMI applications and support 3D graphics with full high-definition (FHD) video. The RZ/G1C is especially optimized for Linux-based application development.

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The Renesas RZ/G MPU Series lets system manufacturers right-size their processor selection to support current and next-generation connected devices, ranging from home appliances with touch-based displays to industrial equipment with integrated embedded vision-equipped HMI that enables image recognition and artificial intelligence.

About the RZ/G1C MPUs

Based on the power-efficient ARM® Cortex-A7 CPU, the RZ/G1C offers a balance of performance and power for connected HMI-based systems. Support for multiple interfaces, including USB and Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), and full pin compatibility between parts provides customers the flexibility to scale up or down the RZ Family to address current and future embedded development needs. The new MPU features a PowerVR SGX531 3D graphics engine and an FHD H.264 video codec to support video encoding and decoding. Additionally, the RZ/G1C offers one analog and two digital camera inputs to facilitate embedded vision and other video applications.

The RZ/G1C MPU is offered in single and dual-core varieties, and brings a number of advantages over competing technology. For instance, RZ/G1C can be designed into a four-layer board to minimize cost and PCB design complexity. Competing parts  typically require a minimum of six to eight layers. Moreover, no special power sequencing or power management IC (PMIC) is needed on board, which reduces the bill of material (BOM) costs, streamlines manufacturing, and simplifies board bring-up.

Samples of the RZ/G1C MPUs are available now. The RZ/G1C is available in dual core or single core depending on customer requirements. Mass production will begin in December 2017.

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