Renesas RZ/G2UL Arm Cortex-A55/Cortex-M33 industrial system-on-module sells for as low as $17 in volume

MYiR Tech MYC-YG2UL is a tiny (39x37mm) system-on-module based on the Renesas RZ/G2UL SoC with a 1GHz Arm Cortex-A55 application core and 200MHz real-time Cortex-M33 cores designed for industrial HMIs and gateways, and the company has also launched the MYD-YG2UL development board with the module and interfaces such dual gigabit Ethernet, RS485, RS232, CAN Bus, and more.

MYC-YG2UL Renesas RZ/G2UL CPU module

Renesas RZ/G2UL system-on-module

Specifications:

  • SoC – Renesas RZ/G2UL (Type-I)
    • CPU – Arm Cortex-A55 processor at up to 1 GHz
    • MCU – Arm Cortex-M33 clocked at up to 200 MHz
    • GPU – 2D graphics (Image Scaling Unit)
  • System Memory – 512MB DDR3L
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC flash, 4KB EEPROM
  • 1.0mm pitch 140-pin castellated holes and 50-pin LGA
    • Display – RGB LCD interface
    • Camera – MIPI CSI interface
    • Networking – 2x RGMII (gigabit Ethernet)
    • USB – 2x USB 2.0
    • Analog – 2x ADC
    • Other I/Os – 5x SCIF, 2x SCI, 2x CAN FD, 4x I2C, 3x SPI, 4x SSI, up to 82x GPIOs
  • Power Management
    • Input – 5V/1A
    • Power Management IC on the module
  • Dimensions – 39 x 37mm (10-layer PCB design)
  • Temperature Range – -40 to +85 Celsius (industrial grade)
MYC-YG2UL CPU module block diagram
MYC-YG2UL CPU module block diagram

MYiR provides a Linux BSP with all drivers, plus two Yocto images (with or without GUI), and OpenWrt. Note that one key point is that the Renesas RZ/G2UL processor lacks the 3D GPU found in the similar Renesas RZ/G2L and RZ/G2LC microprocessors, and it’s suitable for entry-level industrial HMIs with 2D graphical interfaces, medical devices, PLC controller, charging pile, energy storage system, and others. As usual with MYiR Tech, the source code and documentation are not available publicly but will be provided to customers…

MYD-YG2UL development board

Renesas RZ/G2UL development board

Key features:

  • Supported system-on-module – MYC-YG2UL CPU module described above
  • Display – 40-pin RGB Display connector compatible with MYIR’s MY-LCD70TP-C LCD module with a capacitive touchscreen
  • Camera – 24-pin MIPI CSI connector compatible with MYIR’s MY-CAM003M Camera Module
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack (headphone + microphone)
  • Connectivity
    • 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
    • Optional USB WiFi module
    • M.2 socket for optional USB-based 4G/5G LTE module plus 2x SIM card slots
    • 2x antenna connector (one for WiFi and one for 4G/5G)
  •  USB
    • 2x USB2.0 Host ports
    • 1x USB 2.0 OTG port
  • Serial ports – Debug serial port (TTL), 1x RS232, 1x RS485, 1x CAN Bus
  • Expansion – 40-pin (mostly) Raspberry Pi-compatible GPIO header with GPIO/I2C/UART/SPI/CAN, support for MY-WIREDCOM RPI module with RS485, RS232 and CAN Bus
  • Debugging – JTAG
  • Misc – Reset, Power, and user buttons
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A power jack, power switch
  • Dimensions – 150 x 120mm (6-layer PCB design)
  • Temperature Range – -40 to + 85 Celsius (industrial grade), but not with the WiFi module that is only rated -20 to +70 Celsius.

MYD-YG2UL Development Board bottom

MYD-YG2UL Renesas RZ-G2UL evaluation board block diagram
Block Diagram

Price and availability

While the MYC-YG2UL Renesas RZ/G2UL CPU module may cost as low as $17 in volume, the sample price is $22 with default options. MYiR Tech sells the MYD-YG2UL development board for $85 US with the carrier board and CPU module, a USB to UART cable, a 12V/2A power adapter, a DC power jack adapter, and a Quick Start Guide. More details and purchase links may be found on the product page, as well as in the press release.

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Victor Suarez Rovere
Victor Suarez Rovere
4 months ago

They publish video output capability but no maximum resolution?

Jacques
4 months ago

I wonder what the use case for that M33 might be. It may make sense in mobile, battery-powered applications (**if** one can wake up just the M33 and not the rest), but that doesn’t quite seem to be the target of that chip, or is it?

Kienan A
4 months ago

They specifically mention industrial applications, where there has been a long-growing trend of including small MCU cores on application processors like this to handle use cases with real-time requirements. This saves the added cost + complexity of connecting a separate microcontroller to the application processor to handle those kinds of tasks.

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