SMARC®-compliant SoMs suit vision and edge AI

SMARC®-compliant SoMs suit vision and edge AI

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

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ARIES Embedded is offering new SMARC®-compliant system-on-modules (SoMs), designated MRZG2LS and MRZV2LS, based on the Renesas RZ family architecture to provide high performance for embedded systems. The RZ/G2L microprocessor from Renesas includes a Dual Cortex®-A55 (1.2 GHz) CPU, 16-bit DDR3L/DDR4 interface, 3D graphics engine with Arm Mali-G31 and video codec (H.264).

“While the MRZG2LS SoM integrates the single/dual Cortex®-A55/Cortex®-M33, the MRZV2LS is equipped with a Cortex®-A55 (1.2 GHz) CPU and built-in AI accelerator ‘DRP-AI’ for vision applications, which is Renesas’ original technology,” explained Andreas Widder, Managing Director of ARIES Embedded. “Our new SoMs are ideal for applications such as entry-class industrial human machine interfaces (HMIs), embedded vision, edge artificial intelligence (edge-AI), real-time control, industrial ethernet connectivity, and embedded devices with video capabilities.”

With the MRZG2LS and MRZV2LS, ARIES Embedded provides their first SoMs compliant with the SMARC® 2.1 (Smart Mobility Architecture) standard by SGET (Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies). This standard defines a versatile small form factor computer module targeting applications that require low power, low costs, and high performance.


AI acceleration

The AI accelerator “DRP-AI” from Renesas is configured with DRP and AI-MAC. DRP-AI delivers excellent power efficiency and eliminates the need for heat dissipation measures such as heat sinks or cooling fans. AI can be implemented cost efficiently, not only in consumer electronics and industrial equipment but also in a wide range of applications such as point-of-sale (POS) terminals for retail. Also, the DRP-AI provides both real-time AI inference and image processing functions with the capabilities essential for camera support, such as color correction and noise reduction. This enables customers to implement AI-based vision applications without requiring an external image signal processor (ISP).


High performance embedded systems

The MRZG2LS and MRZV2LS SoMs offer a manifold feature set around the single or dual Cortex-A55, up to 1 GHz, and the Cortex-M33. In addition to the optional AI accelerator (DRP-AI on MRZV2L), they have a 3D graphics engine (Arm Mali-G31) and video codec (H.264). The memory options are comprised of 512 MB to 4 GB DDR4 RAM, SPI NOR, and 4 GB to 64 GB eMMC NAND Flash. The SoMs are very flexible and versatile thanks to their broad variety of interfaces, including dual 10/100/1000MBit Ethernet with PHY, USB2.0 Host/OTG, 2x CAN, UART, I2C, SPI, ADC, as well as a MIPI-CSI camera interface and a MIPI-DSI display interface. The temperature range is 0 °C to +70 °C for commercial and -40 °C to +85 °C for industrial environments.


Evaluation kit

ARIES Embedded supports a quick and smooth start-up into the new architecture with the corresponding evaluation kits MRZG2LSEVK and MRZV2LSEVK. Thanks to their high functionalities, they support developers for a quick project entry, help to develop software and can also be used as platforms for rapid prototyping. The baseboard supports both MRZG2LS and MRZV2LS.

The MRZG2LS and MRZV2LS SoMs will be available in the fourth quarter 2023.

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