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Avnet and Renesas Collaborate on a new Embedded SMARC Module Family

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

In a move to once again develop technologies together, Avnet Embedded and Renesas have renewed their cooperation on a new embedded SMARC module family. The cost-efficient module family is based on the RZ/G2UL processors.

Avnet has developed a new series of modules based on the Renesas RZ/G2UL ARM Cortex-A65 processors. The resulting SMARC module family is the MSC SM2S-G2UL SMARC 2.1.1 a compact, high-performance embedded module family entering a new price/performance class.

D.K. Singh, Senior Director and Head of Global System & Solutions at Renesas, says: “We are excited Avnet Embedded is using our RZ/G2UL for this first platform as it complements our module partnership. Avnet’s new module will enable a broader customer base access to our solutions, leverage our MPU and comprehensive Renesas portfolio, and reinforce and grow the strategic global engagement Avnet and Renesas have established.”

Dr. Dominik Ressing, VP Avnet Embedded, says: “The new SMARC module built on technology from Renesas demonstrates our commitment to giving our customers the best possible options for embedding computing in their products. Renesas’ RZ/G2UL processors are popular for designs focused on cost and energy efficiency, and this processor series in a modular platform will unlock huge new potential for engineers and product designers.”

Key features

  • ARM Cortex-A55 Microprocessor at 1 GHz
  • ARM Cortex-M33 Real Time Processor 200MHz
  • IPU (Image Processing Unit)
  • DDR4 SDRAM up to 2GB with inline ECC (soldered)
  • eMMC Flash up to 256GB
  • LVDS Dual Channel
  • Camera Interface MIPI CSI-2
  • 4x USB 2.0 host interfaces
  • 1x Host/device interface USB 2.0
  • GbE Port
  • Optional Wireless Module
  • Optional MMC/SD/SDIO
  • CAN-FD interfaces up to 2x
  • I2C audio interface up to 2x
  • GPIO 14x
  • UART, SPI, I2C
  • SMARC 2.1.1 compliant

The Module is compliant with the new SMARC 2.1.1 standard, allowing easy integration with SMARC baseboards. Avnet provides a starter kit and a development platform for evaluation and design-in of the MSC SM2S-G2UL module.

The IPU (Imaging processing Unit) coupled with the ARM Cortex-M33 real-time processor support entry level HMI applications. The typical power profile ranges are 3W to 4W.

To read further about the Avnet Embedded MSC SM2S-G2UL SMARC 2.1.1 family of modules see the product page here.

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