Arduino PORTENTA H7 IoT Hardware at CES2020

Today at CES2020, Arduino launched their new hardware Portenta H7 IoT Board. It is feature packed IoT embedded hardware specially meant for serious professional developer.

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“By combining the power and flexibility of our production ready IoT hardware with our secure, scalable and easy to integrate cloud services, we are putting in the hands of our customers something really disruptive,” commented Arduino CEO Fabio Violante. “Among the millions of Arduino customers, we’ve even seen numerous businesses transform from traditional ‘one off’ selling to subscription-based service models, creating new IoT-based revenue streams with Arduino as the enabler. The availability of a huge community of developers with Arduino skills is also an important plus and gives them the confidence to invest in our technology”.  

Arduino Portenta H7 Features

As per Ardunio, Arduino Portenta H7 module is the first member of the family, it has a dual-core Arm Cortex-M7 and Cortex-M4 operating at 480MHz and 240MHz, respectively, with industrial temperature-range (-40 to 85°C) components.

The Portenta H7 is capable of running Arduino code, Python and JavaScript, making it accessible to an even broader audience of developers.

Portenta can run processes created with TensorFlow™ Lite, for example, one of the cores computing a computer vision algorithm, while the other could be making a low level operations like controlling a motor, or acting as a user interface.

The Arduino Portenta H7 is based on the ST Microelectronics STM32H747, XI series microcontroller.

MicrocontrollerSTM32H747XI dual Cortex®-M7+M4 32bit low power ARM MCU (datasheet)
Radio moduleMurata 1DX dual WiFi 802.11b/g/n 65 Mbps and Bluetooth 5.1 BR/EDR/LE (datasheet)
Board Power Supply (USB/VIN)5V
Secure Element (default)NXP SE0502 (datasheet)
Supported BatteryLi-Po Single Cell, 3.7V, 700mAh Minimum (integrated charger)
Circuit Operating Voltage3.3V
Current Consumption2.95 μA in Standby mode (Backup SRAM OFF, RTC/LSE ON)
Display ConnectorMIPI DSI host & MIPI D-PHY to interface with low-pin count large display
GPUChrom-ART graphical hardware Accelerator™
Timers22x timers and watchdogs
UART4x ports (2 with flow control)
SD CardInterface for SD Card connector (through expansion port only)
Operational Temperature-40 °C to +85 °C (excl. Wireless module) / -10 °C to +55 °C (incl. Wireless module)
MKR HeadersUse any of the existing industrial MKR shields on it
High-density ConnectorsTwo 80 pin connectors will expose all of the board’s peripherals to other devices
Camera Interface8-bit, up to 80 MHz
ADC3× ADCs with 16-bit max. resolution (up to 36 channels, up to 3.6 MSPS)
DAC2× 12-bit DAC (1 MHz)
USB-CHost / Device, DisplayPort out, High / Full Speed, Power delivery

Arduino Portenta H7 Carrier Board

The Portenta Carrier board extends lot of capabilities of the Portenta H7 board through connectors and peripherals that do not physically fit on it. There are connectors for USB, Ethernet RJ-45, CAN bus, MicroSD Card, audio in and out lines, Camera, DisplayPort, etc.

Arduino PORTENTA H7 Carrier Board


FORM FACTOReNUC form factor from SGET
ETHERNETGigabit Ethernet connector (RJ-45)
USB HUB2x female connectors
SD CARDmicroSD connector
CELLULAR NETWORKNBIoT / CatM1 / GPRS Modem & SIM card connector
LORA®Murata CMWX1ZZABZ LoRa® module
POWERThrough external supply, or on-board battery connector
GPIOGeneral GPIO connector, 40 pins
ANTENNAS2x antenna connectors
AUDIO3x audio-jacks for in- or output of analogue sound
EXTERNAL MODULESVia miniPCIe connector
CAN BUSVia RJ-9 connector
RS232 / 422 / 485Via RJ-11 connector

I am very excited to see Arduino launching these new boards.

The new Arduino Portenta H7 is now available for pre-order on the Arduino online store, with an estimated delivery date of late February 2020. I have already placed a pre-order request on their website.


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