Get Started with the RZ/G Linux Platform

Even With Embedded Linux Inexperience, Development can be Started Easily

In recent years, along with the advancement of embedded devices in the industrial field, the range that developers must deal with is rapidly expanding, such as network correspondence, multimedia support, security correspondence.

Increasing development period and accompanying increase of total cost including development and maintenance cost of system are becoming big problems.

Renesas solves this problem on the RZ/G Linux platform.

RZ/G1H-PF iWave product

How to Start RZ/G Linux Platform

You can begin the development of embedded Linux with verified operation in Step 1 ~ 4.

Step 1

User registration to RZ/G marketplace

First of all, let's log in to the RZ/G Marketplace from the following.

Those who have not completed user registration can also register.

RZ/G Marketplace > MyPage/Login

After the user registration, you can use the following various function in the marketplace.

  • Acquire of materials and information
  • Download various software
  • Purchase of toolsUnder Construction !!
  • Join to community

Everything you need for software development of RZ/G series, technical information, development tools and software can be got from here.

Step 2

Obtain evaluation kit

Please prepare an evaluation kit compatible with RZ/G Linux platform. We plan to increase the number of compatible kits in the future. If it is a compatible kit, you can immediately proceed with development using the "Linux package" that has been verified operation.

Details of the development kit and purchase can be confirmed from the following website.

RZ/G Marketplace > Board

Step 3

Obtain Verified Linux Package

Please obtain Verified Linux Package (VLP) from the market place.

RZ/G Marketplace > Linux package

You can get two type of VLP form the marketplace. Evaluation version VLP can be downloaded soon and product version VLP is for your development of product. Please get the evaluation version if you want to use soon. The package contains the followings.

  • Linux BSP (Kernel, Device Driver)
  • Multimedia & Graphics Library
  • Documentations *1

*1: You can find build instruction.

Reference: It is also possible to develop with software provided from Yocto Start Up Guide and open source repository. How to get "Yocto Start Up Guide" and "Multimedia package" from the market place is here.

Step 4

Establishment of build environment

On Yocto based development with "Verified Linux Package", need to prepare Host-PC and terminal software. The followings are recommended environment to build. The detail information is in build instruction which is included to the package, manual and guide from the marketplace.

  Recommended Environment Instruction
Host PC(Linux) OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Free disk space: more than 100GByte
  • Used as build an debug environment
  • Also user as TFTP server and NFS server
Host PC(Windows) OS: Windows7 or Windows10
  • Used as debug environment
  • Input command from terminal software to target board
  • VCP driver is needed to communicate between PC and target board.
Terminal
Software
TeraTerm 4.72
https://ttssh2.osdn.jp/index.html.en
  • Install Host PC(Windows)
  • It is using serial communication between host PC and target board.
VCP driver VCP(Virtual COM Port) driver
http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm
  • Install Host PC(Windows)
  • It is using serial communication between host PC and target board.
Step 5

Build and execution of the package

Regarding building and execution of the package, please refer build guide or manual on the marketplace.


You are ready now. Let's start development using the RZ/G Linux Platform.

Reference (Step 3)

Let's get a guide to do yocto build

Please get necessary documents from the marketplace. Document Name: RZ/G Yocto receipe Start-Up Guide

RZ/G marketplace > documentation

On Yocto based development style, user will proceed development with Open Source Software (OSS) on the open source repository. Build guide for this style is disclosed on "documentation" in the marketplace. Please obtain them and proceed you development. To use video and graphics functionalities, you will need Multimedia package & Graphics Library. You can also find information in the documentation.

Reference (Step 4)

Obtain Multimedia Package

If you need functionalities for H.264 decoding/encoding and 3D graphics on Yocto based development, please get Multimedia Package from the marketplace.

RZ/G Marketplace > Linux package

Multimedia package [Evaluation version] is available if you want to try it soon. For your product, please get product version Multi Media Package.

Reference (Step 5)

Establishment of build environment

On Yocto based development with "Verified Linux Package", need to prepare Host-PC and terminal software. The followings are recommended environment to build. The detail information is in build instruction which is included to the package, manual and guide from the marketplace.

  Recommended Environment Instruction
Host PC(Linux) OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Free disk space: more than 100GByte
  • Used as build an debug environment
  • Also user as TFTP server and NFS server
Host PC(Windows) OS: Windows7 or Windows10
  • Used as debug environment
  • Input command from terminal software to target board
  • VCP driver is needed to communicate between PC and target board.
Terminal
Software
TeraTerm 4.72
https://ttssh2.osdn.jp/index.html.en
  • Install Host PC(Windows)
  • It is using serial communication between host PC and target board.
VCP driver VCP(Virtual COM Port) driver
http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm
  • Install Host PC(Windows)
  • It is using serial communication between host PC and target board.
Reference (Step 6)

Build and execution of the package

Regarding building and execution of the package, please refer build guide or manual on the marketplace.


You are ready now. Let's start development using the RZ/G Linux Platform.