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Renesas launches Linux platform for developing human machine interfaces


Renesas Electronics, a provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, has launched the RZ/G microprocessor series, which the company says enables rapid development of high-performance Linux and Android applications.

Designed for industrial, home appliances, and office equipment employing a human machine interface, the RZ/G Series extends the capabilities of the RZ/A Series MPUs – which supports 2D graphics at up to WXGA resolution – to deliver high-end performance in applications such as image processing, video sensing, and 3-D graphics and multimedia at up to 1080p resolution.

One of the key features of the new RZ/G Series, says Renesas, is the high performance for enhanced UI expressiveness and video sensing. 

The new RZ/G Series of MPUs utilizes Renesas’ proprietary full HD video codec – processing up to 1080 @ 60 – in addition to the PowerVR SGX540 (RZ/G1E) or PowerVR SGX544MP2 (RZ/G1M) 3-D graphics core from Imagination Technologies.

Another key feature is the hierarchy of support and services Renesas says it provides in collaboration with partners.


The RZ/G Series is backed by an ecosystem of Renesas partners that provides system integration services, graphical user interface frameworks, middleware, OS support, board design, as well as sales of evaluation and mass-production boards.

Samples of the RZ/G Series of MPUs are available now. Mass production of the RZ/G Series of MPUs is scheduled to begin in July 2016 and is expected to reach a volume of 100,000 units per month in July 2017.