Newark Releases Arduino Portenta Family

By Perry Cohen

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

July 24, 2020


Newark Releases Arduino Portenta Family

Newark announced it has added the Portenta H7, a new offering from Arduino, to its portfolio of SBCs.

Newark announced it has added the Portenta H7, a new offering from Arduino, to its portfolio of SBCs. Portenta H7 was developed to support the growing demand for low-code modular hardware systems to support IoT development.

Per the company, Arduino’s Portenta family provides low-power boards designed specifically for industrial applications, artificial intelligence (AI) edge processing and robotics, while introducing a new standard for open high-density interconnect to support advanced peripherals.

“The Arduino Portenta H7 combines outstanding performance and flexibility and can be used like any other embedded microcontroller board, or as the main processor of an embedded system,” global head of technical marketing for Newark Cliff Ortmeyer, in a press release. “It’s also capable of running processes created with TensorFlow™ Lite, so you could have one of the cores computing a computer vision algorithm, while the other delivers low level operations such as controlling a motor or acting as a user interface. This is a great addition to our range and gives small and medium businesses and professional makers the tools to develop IoT solutions without having to invest in specialized engineering resources.”

Features of the Portenta H7 per the release include:

  • Processor:  STM32H747XI dual Cortex®-M7+M4 32bit low power Arm® MCU.
  • Connectivity: The onboard wireless module enables simultaneous WiFi and Bluetooth® connectivity. The WiFi interface can be operated as an Access Point, a Station or as a dual mode simultaneous AP/STA and can handle up to 65 Mbps transfer rate. Bluetooth® interface supports Bluetooth Classic and BLE.
  • 10/100 Ethernet phy.
  • High Speed USB phy.
  • Memory: includes options up to 64 MByte of SDRAM, and 128 MByte of QSPI Flash.
  • Video: Display port over USB-C port.
  • Encryption: NXP SE050C2 Crypto.
  • GPIO: The Portenta family creates a new standard for pinouts adding two 80 pin high density connectors at the bottom of the board to ensure scalability for a wide range of applications.
  • SD card support: Interface for SD Card connector (through expansion port only).
  • Operating temperature: -40 °C to +85 °C (excl. Wireless module) / -10 °C to +55 °C (incl. Wireless module).

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Perry Cohen, associate editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content editing and creation, podcast production, and social media efforts. Perry has been published on both local and national news platforms including (Phoenix), (Phoenix),, Cronkite News, and MLB/MiLB among others. Perry received a BA in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State university.

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