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This is the official Wiki for Renesas R-Car M2 Porter board.

Refer to R-Car page for Renesas R-Car SoC family. Information on Renesas R-Car E2 SILK board is on a separate page.


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For more information go to R-Car/Boards/Porter:Hardware

Hardware Features

  • R-Car M2 SoC
    • ARM®Cortex-A15 Dual Core 1.5­GHz
    • Multimedia Engine SH­4A 780 MHz
    • GPU
      • PowerVR SGX544MP2 (3D)
      • Renesas graphics processor (2D)
  • 2 GB DDR3 memory (dual channel)
  • Three flash memory chips
    • 4 MB SPI
    • 64 MB SPI
    • 128 MB NOR (one 128Mb bank or 2x 64MB banks)
  • Debug Ethernet (100 Mbps)
  • Storage connection
    • one SATA rev. 3.1 port
    • one SD card slot
    • one microSD card slot
  • Analog Video In: ADV7180 Video Decoder
    • RCA jack
    • NTSC/PAL/SECAM autodetection
  • Audio codec: AK4643EN
    • Line In 3.5 mm jack
    • LineOut 3.5 mm jack
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
    • microUSB port supports host, device and OTG modes
  • PCI Express x1 slot
  • CAN transceiver
  • Power supply: 12V, TBD Amps
  • Dimensions: 170x125 mm

Where to buy


List here distributors that sell Porter board

R-Car M2 SoC Documentation

TBD At the moment just short description is available http://am.renesas.com/applications/automotive/cis/cis_highend/rcar_m2/

TBD Add here link to public R-Car M2 datasheet

Official Porter board documentation

TBD: Add official Porter board documentation

Quick Start How To

This sections describes steps that are necessary to run a "Hello, World!" application using Yocto build. Both X11 and Wayland are supported.

Build Yocto image

Refer to R-Car/Boards/Yocto for steps necessary for making a Yocto image.

Connect 12 V power supply to the board

Use 12 V power supply with a 5.5 mm barrel plug. The power supply should be able to provide 5 Amps.

Connect to serial console

Use a miniUSB cable to connect the PC to R-Car M2 Porter board. CN18 must be used on Porter side. It is routed to SCIF0 in the R-Car M2 via a CP2102 interface converter chip.

On Linux, CP2102 driver is included with kernel versions >=2.6.12. Windows driver and sources can be found on Silicon Labs website.

Serial settings are 38400 8N1. Any standard terminal emulator program can be used.

On Linux:

sudo picocom -b 38400 DEVICE

replace DEVICE with the proper tty device name, for example /dev/ttyUSB0. Running dmesg | tail can help locating proper device.
After the successful connection, picocom should display:

picocom v1.7

port is        : /dev/ttyUSB0
flowcontrol    : none
baudrate is    : 38400
parity is      : none
databits are   : 8
escape is      : C-a
local echo is  : no
noinit is      : no
noreset is     : no
nolock is      : no
send_cmd is    : sz -vv
receive_cmd is : rz -vv
imap is        : 
omap is        : 
emap is        : crcrlf,delbs,

Terminal ready

Use Ctrl+A, Ctrl+Q to exit picocom.

sudo minicom -b 38400 -D DEVICE

replace DEVICE with the proper tty device name, for example /dev/ttyUSB0. Running dmesg | tail can help locating proper device.
After the successful connection, minicom should display:

Welcome to minicom 2.6.2

Compiled on Aug  7 2013, 13:32:48.
Port /dev/ttyUSB0

Press CTRL-A Z for help on special keys

Use Ctrl+A, Q to exit minicom.

Power on the board and go to U-Boot prompt

Switch SW26 "Power" to switch the board on. Blue LEDs should lit up. Then you should see the following output in the terminal:

PORTER SPI_LOADER(DDR3L) V0.19 2015.02.12

U-Boot 2013.01.01-gc4d5d6e (Nov 13 2014 - 17:21:53)

CPU: Renesas Electronics R8A7791 rev 2.0
Board: Porter Board

DRAM:  1 GiB
MMC:   sh-sdhi: 0, sh-sdhi: 1, sh-sdhi: 2
SF: Detected S25FL512S with page size 256 KiB, total 64 MiB
In:    serial
Out:   serial
Err:   serial
Net:   sh_eth
Hit any key to stop autoboot:  0

Quickly hit any key to get into U-boot command prompt. Use SW9 Reset to reboot the board when necessary.

You should see the following:

Hit any key to stop autoboot:  0                                                                                                            

Configure U-Boot to boot over TFTP + NFS or from a micro SD card

Refer to Yocto page for steps necessary for running Yocto.


TBD: provide instructions for updating the bootloader when second, backup, SPI flash is available.


Operating systems/distributions can be used with R-Car M2 Porter board?


Known Issues