MEMS and Sensors

Arduino launches new industrial single board computer

14 September 2021
The Portenta H7 Lite single board computer is ideal for robotic controller systems and other machine operations. Source: Arduino

Arduino has rolled out a new single board computer, a more targeted option for artificial intelligence (AI) applications and low-latency control projects.

Called the Portenta H7 Lite, the single board computer is an iteration of its Portenta H7 board, an industry-grade board that delivers computational power through high-level code along with real-time tasks via a dual-core STM32H747 with a Cortex M7 running at 480 MHz and a Cortex M4 running at 250 MHz. The two cores communicate via a remote procedure mechanism that allows calling functions on the other processors seamlessly.

The Lite board is for designers that want the computational power of the Portenta H7 but don’t need video output, additional security features or connectivity. Compared to the full version, the Lite version includes one secure element rather than two.

The Lite version is designed for radio environments or situations where connectivity is not necessary. It can be used for robotics controller systems and other machine operations that don’t require a high-resolution video interface.

Both processors share all the in-chip peripherals and can run:

  • Arduino sketches on top of the Arm Mbed OS
  • Native Mbed applications
  • MicroPython/JavaScript via an interpreter
  • TensorFlow Lite
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