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Date: 18-07-15

ADAS starter kit by Renesas

To help speed up the development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) applications, Renesas unveiled small-sized R-Car based development kit ADAS Starter Kit based on Renesas' high-end R-Car H2 System on Chip (SoC).

This kit complement Renesas' current R-Car V2H-based ADAS development boards and helps in development of dedicated hardware and software solutions for future ADAS applications.

ADAS Starter Kit features OpenCV and high-performance graphics power based on OpenGLES and is powered by Linux, based on the Yocto distribution that is also used for other R-Car evaluation boards.

Renesas claims this new starter kit is the smallest Renesas R-Car development kit to date, measuring only 10x10cm, which also has pre-implemented interfaces and peripherals. The core board comes with 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, 64 MB of QSPI flash and a Micro SD card slot. The board also includes Ethernet, an HDMI output and a connector for a camera module. It has an extension connector to connect design add-on boards . The extension connector supports interfaces like PCI Express (PCIe), further display outputs, and four channels for cameras for any surround view applications.

ADAS Starter Kit is designed using Renesas' R-Car H2 SoC with a rating of 25,000 DMIPS supporting 3D graphics processing and vision processing. The R-Car H2 is powered by the ARM Cortex A-15 quad-core configuration running an additional ARM Cortex A-7 quad-core and also a PowerVR Series6 G6400 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) from Imagination. This GPU supports open technologies, such as OpenGL ES 2.0 and the OpenGL ES 3.0 standards.

Renesas further explains its IMP-X4 core provides real-time image processing that enables system manufacturers to support computing intensive vision operations. OpenCV support for IMP-X4 is also offered.

Renesas' new ADAS Starter Kit is available for pre-order now, and shipping will start in October 2015.

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