FIVEberry boards provide easy access to RISC-V technology

Boards for quick project entry and fast prototyping based on OSM-compatible MSRZFive SiP (system in package) with RZ / Five microprocessor from Renesas are available from Aries Embedded.

The FIVEberry embedded system integrates the powerful, OSM-compatible MSRZFive SiP based on the single-core microprocessor RZ/Five by Renesas Electronics, on a compact evaluation board. The RZ/Five microprocessor has a RISC-V CPU core (AX45MP single) running at 1.0GHz. “The baseboard supports all necessary features to make the first steps with the RISC-V CPU core, said Andreas Widder, managing director of Aries Embedded. “This entry-level platform serves an expanded user community to develop and debug drivers and bootloaders, and even use it in prototype set ups,” he said. The RZ/Five general-purpose microprocessors from Renesas are built around a 64-bit RISC-V CPU core and employ the AX45MP from Andes Technology Corporation, based on the RISC-V CPU instruction set architecture (ISA).

The peripheral functions of the FIVEberry small, low-cost CPU application board include support for multiple interfaces, including two Gigabit Ethernet channels, two USB 2.0 channels, and two CAN channels. The baseboard also offers dual ADC modules, making it suitable for applications such as entry-level social infrastructure gateway control and industrial gateway control.

The FIVEberry is driven by the SiP MSRZFive from Aries Embedded, which in the smallest size (S) concentrates extensive functionality on the board measuring just 30 x 30mm each. The module conforms to SGET’s (Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies e. V.) OSM (Open Standard Modules) standard and offers an LCD controller. It supports 512Mbyte to 4Gbyte of DDR4 RAM, SPI-NOR flash and optionally 4Gbyte of eMMC NAND flash. 

Interfaces include camera input (MIPI-CSI), display output (Parallel-IF), USB2.0 2ch, SD 2ch, CAN (CAN-FD) and Gigabit Ethernet two-channel. The temperature range is -25 to +85 degrees C and goes up to -40 to +85 degrees C for industrial environments.

Aries Embedded is part of Renesas’ Preferred Partner Program.

Open Standard Modules by SGET (Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies e. V.) aim to create a future proof and versatile standard for small, low-cost embedded computer modules, combining different characteristics, such as to be completely machine processible during soldering, assembly, and testing. It offers different possible packages for direct PCB soldering without a connector. It provides pre-defined soft- and hardware interfaces as well as open-source in soft- and hardware. The Open Standard Module specification allows development, production, and distribution of embedded modules for the most popular MCU32, ARM and x86 architectures. For IoT applications, the standard helps to combine the advantages of modular embedded computing with increasing requirements regarding costs, space, and interfaces.

The FIVEberry will be available in Q3 2023.

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