Update: Mar. 31, 2022
Renesas Electronics Corporation

The Linux package offered by Renesas contains ported and tested basic software that is necessary for the industrial segment, in a software package for which operation and performance has been verified based on a datasheet. It enables you to start using a stable Linux environment and basic software immediately, so you can concentrate on developing your application.

Product Overview

This product provides whole set of software which consists of Linux packages and software add-ons. Functions of this products have been verified under our development process management. Regular maintenance is also provided. You can greatly reduce the burden of software development in embedded system development by using this package.

Please read the Release Note included in this product and "RZ/G Verified Linux Package Start-up Guide" first when you use the package.


  • Verified not only the first release but also all following releases
  • Supports industry standard API
  • Expandable via software add-ons from Renesas and selected partners
  • Maintained free of charge
  • Two types of Linux kernel available


  • Linux kernel
    You can choose Kernel version "4.4-CIP" or "4.4-CIP-RT"
    10+ years support will be provided with the cooperation of the CIP project
  • Device Driver
  • Media Player IF
    Plug-in with general-purpose media player (GStreamer)
  • Video Codec
    H.264 decoder/encoder provided as standard IF (OMX)
  • Video processing
    Image editing functions such as scaling, clipping, and compositing according to the display screen
  • Graphics function
    Graphics function compliant with OpenGL ES standard (SGX)

Please refer to the Release Note for names and versions of major components.

Two different version "4.4-CIP" and "4.4-CIP-RT" with different Linux kernels are available.

"4.4-CIP" version is suitable for typical purposes.

"4.4-CIP-RT" version offers the kernel which is improved real time performance compared with "4.4-CIP", but note that RT version do not guarantee hard real time performance such as worst response time. Please carefully consider the possibility of application to real products by doing performance evaluation with your own use-case.

  • Pros of RT version
    • Improve the accuracy of the periodic thread execution
    • Improve the worst response time to interrupt
  • Cons of RT version
    • Generally, since the number of thread transition increases, the overall system performance reduces
    • Mutual exclusion and other timings in the kernel are changed, and may cause problems with existing assets (drivers, etc.)

This product contains the same evaluation version library of H.264 Video codecs and graphics (OpenGL ES) functions provided from "RZ/G Multimedia Package [Evaluation Version]" page.

"RZ/G Series Security Solution" is not included in this product. Please get individually from "RZ/G Series Security Solution" page.

Target Reference Boards

  • iWave RZ/G1H-PF Development Kit
  • iWave RZ/G1M-PF Development Kit
  • iWave RZ/G1N-PF Development Kit
  • iWave RZ/G1E-PF Development Kit
  • iWave RZ/G1C-PF Development Kit

Note) All targets of VLP are "Standard Version". Regarding the support of interfaces which are not implemented on the standard version boards, and the other versions such as "SATA Version", please inquire via "Contact Us" page.


  • Oct 22, 2018: 4.4-CIP version VLP 2.1.0 (Support HTML5 rendering engine, update build environment)
  • Mar 27, 2019: 4.4-CIP version VLP 2.1.1 (Update Linux kernel to 4.4.166-cip29)
  • Sep 30, 2019: 4.4-CIP version VLP 2.1.3 (Update Linux kernel to 4.4.185-cip35)
  • Mar 30, 2020: 4.4-CIP version VLP 2.1.5 (Update Linux kernel to 4.4.199-cip39)
  • Sep 30, 2020: 4.4-CIP version VLP 2.1.7 (Update Linux kernel to 4.4.222-cip45)
  • Mar 31, 2021: 4.4-CIP version VLP 2.1.9 (Update Linux kernel to 4.4.249-cip53)
  • Sep 30, 2021: 4.4-CIP version VLP 2.1.11 (Update Linux kernel to 4.4.277-cip60)
  • Mar 31, 2022: 4.4-CIP version VLP 2.1.13 (Update Linux kernel to 4.4.296-cip67)

Next update

  • Sep, 2022: 4.4-CIP version


RZ/G Verified Linux Package contains the following decoders, encoders, parser related packages.

Download Evaluation Version

Please read “Release Note” and download the files below.

Evaluation version package is permitted to be used for evaluation purposes only. It is not able to be applied to commercial products, but it is enough to be used for evaluation firstly. When you require the product version package, please be sure to read “Support Policy” and apply from the download link listed in “Download Product Version”. Please read Release Note when you want to know the difference of the evaluation version and the production version.

Support Policy

As a general rule, Renesas does not provide support for this evaluation version. For the product version, Renesas provides support for the below items without additional payment. For more details, please contact a Renesas salesperson.

  • Renesas provides support for the items below for RZ/G Verified Linux Package without additional payment.
  Form Q&A and issue analysis*1 Maintained by Renesas
Renesas reference board Customer board
Customer developed/modified SW - No No*2 No
Customer added OSS - No No No
Validation target OSS in VLP Source Code Yes No No
Renesas developed SW Source Code Yes Yes Yes
Binary Yes Yes*3 Yes

*1) Firstly, customers should investigate which part has a problem: Renesas’ deliverables or customer’s developed part.

*2) We provide support for the board-dependent changes such as channel numbers and pin configurations.

*3) We provide Q&A support only for the functions which are defined and described in the user's manual.

Download Product Version

You can apply to download the product version package from the download link below. The approved customers can download it from the same link below. When you download the product version, please be sure to check the contents of the attached license agreement. RZ/G Verified Linux Package V2.1.13 (RTK0EF0045Z0004AZJ-v2.1.13.zip) (ZIP) is listed in “Download Evaluation Version” and it can be used for evaluation firstly.

Yocto package for RZ/G1 Verified Linux Package [4.4-CIP] v2.1.13 Product Version (ZIP | English, 日本語)