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Avnet introduces RZBoard V2L which packs Renesas RZ/V2L SoC and comes in Raspberry Pi 4 form-factor

May 28, 2022 — by Giorgio Mendoza 1,140 views

The RZBoard V2L from Avnet, is a Single Board Computer (SBC) that shares a similar design to the Raspberry Pi 4 model B. One of the main differences between these SBCs is that the RZBoard V2L is powered  by the powerful RZ/V2L System on Chip (SoC) from Renesas Electronics. Avnet also has these SBCs in stock and they are available for $147.

The RZ/V2L processor combines a dual core Arm Cortex-A55 CPU (up to 1.2GHz), an ARM Cortex-M33, a Mali GT31 3D-GPU and an AI accelerator (DRP-AI). In addition, there is a H.264 video (1920/1080) encode/decode function implemented in silicon. 


RZBoard V2L front
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Some features similar to the RPI include a GbE port, 801.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 support, MIPI DSI, HDMI and CSI camera connectors. Other features include a 40-pin header compatible with RPI, a CAN FD interface, an SD card slot, and Power Module IC (RAA215300 PMIC) also from Renesas.

RZBoard V2L back
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Avnet believes the RZBoard V2L could be an ideal solution for robotics, machine learning and other applications that require accelerated computer vision. To accelerate product development, Avnet will supply a CIP Kernel based Linux BSP and reference designs that illustrate optimized vision AI projects that employ Renesas’ DRP-AI core. For more info related to DRP-AI, refer to this article from Renesas. Avnet also stated they will maintain their software resources for 10+ years.

RZBoard V2L block diagram
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Relevant specifications listed for the RZBoard V2L from Avnet include:

  • Processor System:
    • Renesas RZ/V2L  Arm Cortex A55 cores (1.2 GHz)
    • 1x Arm Cortex M33 real-time core  (200 MHz)
    • 1x Arm MALI G31 3D-GPU (500MHz)
    • DRP-AI Accelerator
    • DRP Simple ISP (full HD)
  • Memory/Storage:
    • 2GB DDR4 (16-bit with ECC)
    • 32GB eMMC memory
    • Micro SD slot
    • 16MB QSPI NOR Flash
  • Connectivity:
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
    • 801.11ac Wi-Fi and BT5
    • U.FL Connected External Antenna
  • Display/Graphics:
    • MIPI DSI and HDMI Display (selectable)
    • MIPI-CSI Camera Interface
    • H.264 Hardware Video Enc/Dec (full HD)
  • USB: 
    • 2x USB 2.0 Host
    • 1x OTG USB 2.0
  • I/O Interface:
    • CAN FD Interface and Transceiver
    • 40-pin RPi-HAT expansion header
    • 16-pin MikroE Click Shuttle header
    • 8-pin WTB Header (ADC in, CAN-FD)
    • 8-pin WTB Header (UART, USB, CAN-FD)
  • Debugger:
    • 10-pin JTAG/SWD debugger header
  • Other Features:
    • 1x User RGB LED
    • 2x Button Switches
    • Audio Codec
    • Stereo Jack w/ Mic Input
  • Power:
    •  5V DC (USB Type-C) 
    • Renesas RAA215300 PMIC
  • Operating temperature:
    • 0 to 70°C
  • Dimensions:
    • 85 x 56 mm form factor


Further information

The RZBoard V2L is available for $147 on Avnet’s website. Avnet also includes other accessories that are compatible with their SBC i.e. a 7-inch capacitive touch display, a MIPI CSI camera and a 5V/3A USB Type-C power supply. 


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