The mighty just got mightier. By that I mean that Renesas RZ MCU platform, which was already quite formidable, has grown to the RZ/G2 group of 64-bit Arm Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53-based microprocessors (the video below explains the feature set). Aimed at industrial and building automation applications, the four new RZ/G2 MPUs are supported by the company’s RZ/G Linux Platform.
The RZ/G2 MPUs feature a combination of high-performance 64-bit MPUs, a comprehensive set of integrated interfaces, error checking and correction (ECC) protection on both internal and external memories, and a full Verified Linux Package (VLP) featuring a Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) Super Long-Term Support (SLTS) Linux kernel, bundled with a software development environment that binds safety, security, and reliability across the software and hardware. Renesas also claims that the RZ/G2 MPUs are the first embedded processors to offer more than 10 years of support for the 64-bit Linux kernel.
Included is support for the latest high-speed protocols for external memories including LPDDR4 or DDR3L up to 3200 MT/s. There’s an on-chip 3D graphics engine, H.264 and H.265 codec with 4K support, and HDMI, LVDS, and MIPI-CSI2 camera input interfaces.
The four devices include the eight-core RZ/G2H, the six-core RZ/G2M, and the two-core RZ/G2N and RZ/G2E. Sample shipments of the six-core RZ/G2M and two-core RZ/G2E are available now; the other MPU models will be released over time. Mass production is scheduled to commence in early 2020.
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