Starter kit accelerates vision-based ADAS application development

16-07-2015 | Renesas | Design & Manufacture

Renesas has introduced its smallest R-Car-based development kit to date -
the ADAS Starter Kit - based on Renesas’ high-end R-Car H2 System on Chip
(SoC) and developed to help simplify and speed up the development of
advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) applications.

Complementing Renesas’ current R-Car V2H-based ADAS development boards, the
new ADAS Starter Kit will enable users and partner companies to experience
the enhanced computer vision performance of Renesas SoCs and accelerate the
development of dedicated hardware and software solutions for future ADAS
applications.

The ADAS Starter Kit provides cutting-edge computer vision performance with
OpenCV and high-performance graphics power based on OpenGLES, allowing
customers and partners to develop their ADAS applications on a robust and
high-performance platform. The new kit is powered by Linux, based on the
Yocto distribution that is also used for other R-Car evaluation boards.

The new starter kit is the smallest Renesas R-Car development kit to date,
measuring only 10cm x 10cm, and features pre-implemented interfaces and
peripherals, which eliminates the need for any additional hardware. The core
board comes with 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, 64 MB of QSPI flash and a Micro SD card
slot. This small form factor board also includes Ethernet, an HDMI output
and a connector for a camera module. With the integrated extension
connector, it is designed for easy customization. Users can easily design
add-on boards that enable new use cases with little effort. The extension
connector supports interfaces like PCI Express (PCIe), further display
outputs, and four channels for cameras as needed for surround view
applications.

The new ADAS Starter Kit features Renesas’ successful R-Car H2 SoC, which is
capable of delivering more than 25,000 DMIPS and provides state-of-the-art
3D graphics capabilities and powerful vision processing cores. The R-Car H2
is powered by the ARM CortexA-15 quad-core configuration running an
additional ARM CortexA-7 quad-core. It also features the Imagination
Technologies PowerVR Series6 G6400 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). This GPU
supports open technologies, such as OpenGL ES 2.0 and the OpenGL ES 3.0
standards.

The IMP-X4 core provides real-time image processing that enables system
manufacturers to support computing intensive vision operations. OpenCV
support for IMP-X4 will also be offered. The R-Car H2 also supports up to
four independent input camera channels, allowing easy implementations of
360° camera views and object recognition – to cite just one example of the
possible driver assistance functions. With these features, the R-Car H2
offers the highest level of integration of advanced safety concepts and
enables developers to implement high performance ADAS features, says the
company.

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