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Built around the Renesas RZ family of microprocessors, MistySOM enables efficient and flexible development of embedded compute applications.
Ruggedized for industrial temperatures and offering super long term firmware support via a CIP kernel based Linux BSP. They include a dual core Cortex-A55, single core Cortex-M33 CPU, 32 GB eMMC, and 2 GB DDR4. MistySOM will be available in two versions:
In order to use the SOM without creating your own development board we’ve created MistyCarrier (MW-V2L-G2L-I-WWB-V0), a carrier board for both MistySOM-G2L and MistySOM-V2L that exposes a wise range of industry standard interfaces.
MistyWest is committed to supporting all MistySOM adoptors and will be releasing as many design files and supportive documentation as possible. This will be added to our public GitHub as it becomes available.
The MistySOM-G2L variant is the default for this group buy. Add "Upgrade to V2L SOM (Accessory)" at checkout to get the V2L variant instead.
Download the MW-G2L product brief.
MistySOM-G2L (MW-G2L-E32G-D2G-I-WX-V0) is ideal for use in industrial and commercial computing applications where low power, reliability, and costs are critical. Its Images and video can be captured through the 4 lane MIPI-CSI interface and with the onboard codec efficiently h.264 encoded. The SOM also supports dual ethernet and CANBus interface.
Download the MW-V2L product brief.
MistySOM-V2L (MW-V2L-E32G-D2G-I-WX-V0) replaces the RZ/G2L SoC of the MistySOM-G2L with the RZ/V2L, a pin-compatible SoC that includes an NPU called DRP-AI. MistySOM-V2L includes all of the same interface as the G2L version.
The NPU (DRP-AI) of the RZ/V2L SoC enables Jetson Nano-like performance for embedded video applications while using 50% less power. For example,MistySOM-V2L is capable of running some versions of YOLO at >20FPS without a heatsink. The DRP-AI NPU supports the following AI models with support for many more coming soon:
Download the MistyCarrier product brief.
MistyCarrier (MW-V2L-G2L-I-WWB-V0) enables a quick way to start development of customized solutions. As a commitment to customer success design files for our carrier boards will be open sourced.
MistyCarrier is designed with low power, industrial applications in mind. The board includes sense resistors for measuring system currents and jumpers to disable interfaces. An MCU was added to allow a true low power sleep state for the whole system which should be at or below the self-discharge rate of standard lithium batteries. Finally an industrially rated super capacitor was added to support the RTC without a battery.
Through the design of intelligent connected devices, MistyWest is an engineering design consultancy that exists to accelerate the transition to a sustainable future. We've worked on many low power device applications, from polar bear tracking devices to sensors that enable subsurface discovery for ethical mining.
We’ve committed ourselves to enabling easier and more efficient development of intelligent connected devices through industrially rated embedded compute solutions after struggling to source appropriate solutions for our clients over and over again.
We’ve selected Renesas as our SoC partner because of their industry leading supply chain practices, exciting product pipeline, and established AI framework support. MistyWest plans to add support for other Renesas product lines in the future.
Buying your SOMs from an experienced design services firm like MistyWest enables fast and efficient support as your product progresses from prototyping to high volume, chip-down design.
Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to know more about our experience.
MistySOM: The Ultimate Low Power Computer Vision SOM by MistyWest - GroupGets (YouTube)
How to Cross The Embedded Computing Valley of Death - IoT One / Industrial IoT Spotlight
Embedded Vision and Connected Intelligence for IoT - Industry40TV (YouTube)
In addition to the standard GroupGets Refund Policy. Campaign supporters will receive free replacements of any MistyWest products purchased through this campaign for 365 days following delivery of your product.
Email email@example.com to initiate any replacement requests by describing the reason for requesting a replacement. All reasonable reasons for requesting a replacement will be approved automatically and tracked to enable us to improve MistySOM.
One SOM. Get the G2L base version or upgrade to the V2L for $5. The carrier board is available for purchase as an accessory.
Campaign Active, scheduled end date: Tue, 28 Feb 2023 08:55:00 PST
For more information please refer to the MistyCarrier Board Product Brief.
Add one for each MistySOM-G2L which you would like to upgrade to MistySOM-V2L.
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We've created a Wiki for this project on GitHub and will be hosting more documentation for MistySOM in the coming days.
You can access the Wiki and other repos here: https://github.com/MistySOM/
The development of the SoM and Carrier boards are currently underway. There were some design challenges we had to navigate around.
We have been working with Renesas closely to review our designs and we are now laying out the PCBs.
Fig. 1: SoM PCB layout (in progress)
Fig. 2: Carrier PCB layout (in progress)
We have completed the schematic and have built out a BOM. To avoid any procurement issues, we have identified and ordered all the critical components (ICs, connectors, crystals), and received ~90% of those ordered.
For cameras, we are moving forward with the Google Coral, despite it being end-of-life, for our initial alpha testing. We have procured a limited number of cameras, some of which will be made available during ordering.
For future builds, we are in communications with specific camera OEMs to partner with us to provide options beyond our alpha units.
Ron has been working on getting the initial kernel configurations & drivers ready.
Alpha Units - October 25th, 2021
GroupGets Campaign Launch - October 31st, 2021
Boards Ready for Delivery - February 1, 2022
Please note: We will contact you for more details for the Alpha Test Program.
Project Role: Product Manager
Taylor has over 15 years of experience working in hardware product development and is a founding employee at MistyWest. His background in engineering physics and Steve-wrangling skills make him a cornerstone Westie. He loves the smell of hard problems in the morning, in addition to coffee, and when he’s not at the office you can find him repeatedly answering the question 'why' from his toddler, while cooking dinner with a baby strapped to his chest.
SENIOR ELECTRONICS ENGINEER
Project Role: SENIOR ELECTRONICS ENGINEER
Miroslav is an Electronics Engineer with expertise in analog, digital and embedded system design for telecommunications, wireless communications, professional audio, industrial and consumer applications. Outside of the work, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and biking, or staying inside with a good book or movie.
Project Role: Project Lead
As a Firmware Engineer with an education in Electrical Engineering from Switzerland and 19 years of experience, Ron has enjoyed exposure to a variety of industries, including smart city technologies, telecommunications & networking, closed caption camera systems, ag-tech or sensor technologies. With his love for the 1s and 0s in computer technology and his exposure in the FOSS community, one of Ron’s hands continuously is on the pulse of new developments in the industry. He thrives when working with others and is passionate about driving projects over the finish line with the team. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, travelling, the outdoors or exploring new places.
Jr. Electrical Engineer
Project Role: Jr. Electrical Engineer
Shirin received a PhD degree from Simon Fraser University, with expertise lying at the intersection of electrical/ control systems engineering. She has a passion for designing, troubleshooting, testing and assembling electrical circuits and sensors, and enjoys challenging herself by solving complex engineering problems and bringing creative solutions which can have a positive impact on people and society. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, exploring new places, and nature photography.
Sr. Electronics Engineer
Project Role: Sr. Electronics Engineer (Carrier Board)
Daniel has a degree in Electronics Engineering from Simon Fraser University. In his 10 years in the industry, he has brought prototypes from initial sketches to mass production, using his experience to guide complex problems through schematic capture and PCB layout to a thoughtful, finished product.
Date Published: September 06, 2022
The CEO of MistyWest joined us to discuss the MistySOM: harnessing the power of the Renesas RZ/V2L microprocessor with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit, MistySOM is capable of performing AI computer vision tasks at 50% lesser power than the other processors in the market.
Author: IoT One / Industrial IoT Spotlight
Date Published: September 21, 2022
In this week's episode, we interviewed Taylor Cooper, CEO of MistyWest. MistyWest is an engineering design consultancy that creates technically complex, intelligent connective devices that accelerate the world's transition to a more sustainable future.
Date Published: September 22, 2022
In this interview, Kudzai Manditereza talks to Taylor Cooper who is the CEO and Principal Engineer at MistyWest
Date Published: May 11, 2022
SOMs are often not ideal for low power applications. MistyWest and Renesas Electronics are looking to change that.
Author: CNX Software
Date Published: January 10, 2023
We’ve previously written about several system-on-modules and SBCs based on Renesas RZ/G2L or RZ/V2L Cortex-A55/M33 processors such as Geniatech “AHAURA” RS-G2L100 and “AKITIO” RS-V2L100 single board computers, Forlinx FET-G2LD-C system-on-module, and SolidRun RZ/G2LC SOM and devkit.
Author: James Lewis, Hackster.io
Date Published: February 06, 2022
When an IoT device needs AI-based vision, the trade-off between processing capability and power consumption can be tricky — especially for battery-based designs. Also, where there is high power consumption, there is heat which might mean bulky heat sinking. Fortunately, Canada-based engineering design group MistyWest partnered with Renesas to address these challenges. The result is a battery-powered system-on-a-module for AI vision applications called MistySOM.
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