Tuesday, June 25, 2024

SMARC 2.1 System-on-Modules with Advanced AI Features

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System-on-Modules redefine embedded solutions for industrial and commercial use with their advanced AI capabilities, energy efficiency, and superior performance.


ARIES Embedded has introduced the SMARC-certified system-on-modules (SoM) – MRZG2LS and MRZV2LS. The SoMs are aligned with the SMARC 2.1 (Smart Mobility Architecture) standard set by SGET (Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies e. V.). This benchmark establishes a multi-functional compact module tailored for applications demanding energy efficiency, affordability, and stellar performance. 

Renesas’s AI accelerator, “DRP-AI”, has a Dynamic Reconfigurable Processor (DRP) and AI-MAC. Owing to its energy efficiency, it sidesteps the necessity for cooling solutions such as fans or heat sinks. This ensures cost-effective AI incorporation in diverse areas, from consumer electronics and industrial gear to applications like retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals. Furthermore, DRP-AI delivers real-time AI analysis alongside image processing, featuring crucial functionalities for camera integration, like colour calibration and noise minimization. This empowers users to integrate AI-focused vision applications without relying on an external image signal processor (ISP).

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The SoM features dual Cortex-A55, with speeds up to 1 GHz, complemented by the Cortex-M33. Beyond the optional AI accelerator, they have a 3D graphics engine and an H.264 video codec. They are operational in temperature spans of 0 °C to +70 °C for commercial use and -40 °C to +85 °C in industrial contexts.

Some of the key features of the SoMs include:

  • 3D Graphics engine (Arm Mali-G31)
  • Video Codec (H.264)
  • 512MB – 4GB DDR4 RAM
  • 4GB-64GB eMMC NAND Flash
  • dual 10/100/1000MBit Ethernet with PHY
  • USB2.0 Host/OTG
  • 2x CAN
  • UART, I2C, SPI
  • ADC
  • Camera interface MIPI-CSI
  • Display interface MIPI-DSI

“While the MRZG2LS SoM integrates the single/dual Cortex®-A55/Cortex®-M33, the MRZV2LS is equipped with a Cortex-A55 (1.2GHz) 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.”

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Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal is a journalist at EFY. She is an Electronics and Communication Engineer with over five years of academic experience. Her expertise lies in working with development boards and IoT cloud. She enjoys writing as it enables her to share her knowledge and insights related to electronics, with like-minded techies.


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