TOKYO, Japan, January 19, 2021 – Renesas Electronics Group (TSE: 6723), a global supplier of semiconductor solutions, today announced the expansion of its general-purpose 64-bit microprocessor (MPU) RZ/G2 product portfolio for a wide range of applications Provide more powerful AI processing power. The expanded lineup includes three new entry-level MPU models based on the latest Arm® Cortex®-A55 cores: RZ/G2L, RZ/G2LC and RZ/G2UL. Together with the existing mid- to high-end RZ/G2E, RZ/G2N, RZ/G2M and RZ/G2H MPUs, a total of seven RZ/G2 MPUs offer excellent scalability from entry-level to high-end designs.
The new RZ/G2L MPU is built on the Cortex-A55 CPU core, and its processing performance is about 20% higher than that of the previous products using the Cortex-A53 core, and the speed is about 6 times faster in the basic processing of AI applications. In addition, the new MPU integrates a camera input interface, 3D graphics engine and video codec to provide more cost-effective support for complex functions of human-machine interface (HMI) applications such as multimedia processing, GUI rendering and AI image processing. In addition, the MPU features a Cortex-M33 core that enables real-time processing of tasks such as sensor data acquisition without the need for an external microcontroller (MCU), reducing overall system cost.
“It has become more common to use 64-bit MPUs for AI and graphics HMI processing, which increases the ease of high-performance MPU. By adding a new entry-level product to the RZ/G2, Renesas is accelerating the application of the Linux operating system on high-performance MPUs and helping innovation while reducing overall costs, providing HMI devices Better performance and enhanced functionality.”
Dipti Vachani, senior vice president and general manager of the Automotive and IoT Group at Arm, said: “As AI transforms everyday life, greater on-device computing power is required to provide real-time insights to billions of IoT endpoints. Renesas’ integration of Arm technology into its latest 64-bit MPU enables more intelligent processing in higher-performance IoT devices to accelerate the adoption of endpoint AI.”
Part of the RZ/G family, the new entry-level RZ/G2L features data error checking and correction (ECC) protection for both on-chip memory and external DDR memory, as well as a proven Linux software package (VLP) – the industrial-grade Linux comes with the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) Linux kernel, which can achieve support guarantees and security maintenance for more than 10 years, which can greatly reduce future maintenance costs. In addition, support for safety features means customers can also confidently use the RZ/G2L MPU portfolio for industrial applications requiring high reliability and extended life, resulting in faster time-to-market.
For scenarios that may require more complex AI capabilities, Renesas plans to enhance the functionality and performance of the RZ/G2L product group through its proprietary AI accelerator, DRP-AI. Renesas will continue to introduce products with better pin compatibility and software reusability to ease customers’ development burden when adding new product versions to their product lines in the future.
Key Features of the RZ/G2L Product Group
Cortex-A55 and Cortex-M33 64-bit CPU cores
– RZ/G2L and RZ/G2LC: Dual or single core Cortex-A55 (1.2 GHz) and Cortex-M33
– RZ/G2UL: single-core Cortex-A55 (1.0 GHz) and Cortex-M33 (optional)
3D graphics capability (Arm MaliTM-G31 GPU) (RZ/G2L and RZ/G2LC)
Video codec (H.264) (RZ/G2L)
CAN interface, supporting faster CAN FD protocols (RZ/G2L, RZ/G2LC and RZ/G2UL)
Gigabit Ethernet (RZ/G2L and RZ/G2UL dual channel, RZ/G2LC single channel)
Data Error Checking and Correction (ECC) (RZ/G2L, RZ/G2LC and RZ/G2UL)
Supports DDR4 and DDR3L external memory interfaces (RZ/G2L, RZ/G2LC and RZ/G2UL)
13mm2 (RZ/G2LC, RZ/G2UL), 15mm2 (RZ/G2L) and 21mm2 (RZ/G2L) BGA packages
Renesas also offers power circuit reference designs that can be flexibly applied to customer-specific use cases as part of a series of comprehensive solutions that facilitate rapid development, the “Success Portfolio.”
The new MPU samples are on sale today, and mass production is planned to start in August 2021. Customers can start evaluating applications of the RZ/G2L MPU product family as early as possible by accepting pre-orders for evaluation boards and releasing the relevant reference designs (circuit diagrams and board layout data) today. In addition, Renesas is currently developing a power management IC (PMIC) product optimized for the RZ/G2L product group and is scheduled to release it later in 2021.
About Renesas Electronics Group
Renesas Electronics Group (TSE: 6723), provides professional and trusted innovative embedded designs and complete semiconductor solutions designed to improve the way people work and live through the billions of connected smart devices that use its products. As a global supplier of microcontrollers, analog power devices, and SoC products, Renesas Electronics provides comprehensive solutions for various applications such as automotive, industrial, home, infrastructure, and IoT, and looks forward to working with you to create an infinite future.