In order to open up markets and applications for scalable modules, Avnet Embedded, manufacturer of embedded solutions, has extended the existing partnership of the Avnet Group with Renesas, processor manufacturer, to include Smarc modules.
Avnet Embedded’s objective is to further expand its portfolio of embedded module families into a new price/performance class. The first result of this cooperation is Avnet Embedded’s MSC SM2S-G2UL Smarc 2.1.1 module family, which is based on Renesas RZ/G2UL Arn Cortex-A55 processors running at 1,0 GHz, an Arm Cortex-M33 real-time processor and an image processing unit to support entry level HMI (human-machine interface) applications. The typical design power ranges from 3 W to 4 W. Avnet is part of the Electronica 2022 exhibition in Munich, Germany and shows its products in hall C2, booth 101.
The MSC SM2S-G2UL modules offer DDR4 memory technology, combined with up to 256 GiB eMMC Flash memory. Various interfaces for embedded applications such as two CAN FD are available. An on-board wireless module is provided as assembly options. A complete development platform and a starter kit are available. Support for Linux operating system is given, Android support is on request.
Dr. Dominik Ressing, VP Avnet Embedded, said: “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.”
The MSC SM2S-G2UL Smarc 2.1.1 module family is in the lower performance and price segment, and opens up numerous new areas of application, said Avnet. Typical applications are industrial, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, medical, transportation, power engineering, and building automation products. The scalable boards with dimensions of 82 mm x 50 mm are specified for the extended temperature range from -40 °C to +85 °C.
Avnet Embedded develops its Smarc module families in its company-owned design centers. The modules are manufactured in automated production facilities in Germany.
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