ARIES FIVEberry – A Community RISC-V SBC powered by Renesas RZ/Five processor

ARIES Embedded has unveiled the FIVEberry 64-bit RISC-V community board for fast prototyping fitted with an OSM-compatible MSRZFive system-in-package (SiP) powered by a 1GHz Renesas RZ/Five microprocessor.

The board is equipped with a module with 512 DDR4, a 128MBit SPI NOR flash, a microSD card on the bottom of the board, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a micro USB port for serial console, and a JTAG header for further debugging, as well as a 40-pin GPIO header for expansion.

Renesas RZ/Five RISC-V community SBC

FIVEberry specifications:

  • SoM – ARIES Embedded MSRZFive-A0A system-on-module
    • SoC – Renesas RZ/Five R9A07G043F01GBG single-core RISC-V AX45MP processor @ to 1.0 GHz
    • System Memory – 512MB DDR4 RAM
    • Storage – 128Mbit SPI NOR flash
    • 332 contacts as per OSM Size-S specifications
  • Storage – MicroSD card slot
  • Networking – 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB 2.0 OTG port
  • Expansion – 40-pin GPIO header with 2x I2C, 2x CAN bus, dual A/D converter modules
  • Debugging – Micro USB port for serial console (via CP2102N), 10-pin JTAG header
  • Power Supply – 5V via USB Type-C port
  • Dimensions – 85 x 56mm
  • Temperature Range – -25°…+85°C

FIVEberry bottom side

FIVEBerry Block Diagram
FIVEnerry block diagram

ARIES Embedded will provide a Yocto Linux BSP for the board and says it’s well-suited for entry-class social infrastructure gateway control and industrial gateway control. The company highlights the system-on-module offers a parallel LCD interface, a MIPI CSI camera input, and two CAN-FD interfaces, but their description of the 40-pin GPIO header is as clear as mud with two I2C and “GPIOs”, so I’m not sure whether all those can be accessed on the  GPIO header, or only a subset as listed in the specifications.

One of the reasons for the limited level of detail is that the FIVEberry RISC-V SBC will only be available in Q3 2023 at a yet-to-be-determined price. [Update: it is listed for 119.00 Euros ex VAT and shipping on the company’s store, see comments section]. More details may be found on the product page.

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13 Replies to “ARIES FIVEberry – A Community RISC-V SBC powered by Renesas RZ/Five processor”

  1. The price will condition its success. The specs are too limited for most applications but it can indeed serve as a tiny gateway or firewall, provided the single core at 1 GHz manages to deliver accordingly… In the ARM world, a single-core 1 GHz is the BreadBee to give a comparison. We’ll see.

    1. I can only see an animation with wind turbines, a train. etc… on that page, and nothing else.

      1. That must be a 404 page. Putting a slash at the end fixes it for me.

        1. thanks but too expensive for anything – maybe some enthusiasts will hit the buy button but I expect a quick EOL for it

          1. Well there was a time I bought an avr32 board for 145 plus a crazy amount of postal fees for import and VAT handling…

            I never used this board for anything, as as soon as I found a use case for it it was EOL…

            Just recently saw it in the basement in it’s original box.

          2. For makers, maybe. I still expect the major target market to be industrial, which is a very different market from maker/enthusiast.

          3. After knowing the price is looks like you are right. But the press release I received by email reads “ARIES Embedded Launches a ‘Community-Flavor-Board’ for Quick Project Entry and Fast Prototyping Based on OSM-compatible MSRZFive SiP with RZ/Five Microprocessor from Renesas”

          4. Indeed, and I’m hardly seeing an industrial device of that price use an “exotic” ecosystem like this. I mean, if you just need a single-code 1 GHz CPU for industrial apps, just buy a beaglebone and you will have an extremely well supported device, whose architecture and ecosystem have been adapted, fixed and tested by a wide community for more than a decade. I would trust that much more for an industrial project than a $random new board with a bleeding edge arch and a proprietary BSP kernel.

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