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Freescale Takes Display-Centric, Real-Time Embedded Processing to New Levels
|By Business Wire
|April 10, 2014 07:00 AM EDT
As the consumer, industrial and automotive infotainment markets evolve
rapidly to meet the demands of increasingly discerning end-users,
systems designers need processors with the performance to run rich user
interfaces without sacrificing real-time responsiveness or power
efficiency. To achieve this, systems designers often must choose between
multi-chip solutions, which increase cost, board space, and system
complexity; or adopting virtualization on a multicore processor, which
can negatively impact real-time performance and system power.
To address this challenge, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) introduces
the industry’s first applications processor to integrate an ARM
Cortex-A9 processor and an ARM Cortex-M4 processor in a single chip
design. This design enables enhanced flexibility, performance and
low-power functionality for the company’s flagship i.MX 6 applications
“Freescale has leveraged its experience and deep understanding of
microcontrollers, microprocessors and heterogeneous SoC design to
deliver yet another industry first,” said Rajeev Kumar, worldwide
director of marketing and business development for Freescale’s MCU
business. “For our customers, this innovative device provides the most
comprehensive solution available in a single chip for applications
requiring rich user interfaces, real-time responsiveness and optimized
low power operation.”
Freescale’s i.MX 6 series of applications processors is growing quickly,
particularly in the automotive space, where shipments grew more than 50
percent from 2012 to 2013. According to analyst firm Strategy Analytics,
Freescale ranks #2 in automotive market share for applications
Integrating a Cortex-M4 processor alongside a Cortex-A class system
provides customers with a cost-effective single-chip solution that can
run a sophisticated operating system and provide real-time
responsiveness to help build the next generation of connected, highly
graphical and system-aware devices. Freescale’s innovative heterogeneous
applications processor design provides additional low power modes to
significantly reduce standby power consumption, allows for smaller form
factor design, and executes fast, real-time responsiveness to system
To support applications which simultaneously require real-time task
processing and compute-intensive capabilities, the SoC incorporates four
independently controlled resource domains for optimal flexibility when
partitioning system resources such as memory and peripherals. As a
result, peripheral and memory access requests are hardware-verified to
provide secure isolation and prevent tainting of system resources.
Additional features of the newest i.MX 6 series processor include:
Dual-port gigabit Ethernet audio video bridging (AVB) for
quality-of-service in automotive and other applications with enhanced
traffic shaping and packet prioritization.
Cost-effective 2D and 3D graphics processing unit (GPU) for enhanced
Flexible boot options, including support for quad SPI and raw NAND,
and a memory controller that interfaces to both DDR3 and low power
Smart integration of standard system interfaces, including multiple
interface options for UI and wireless connectivity to provide system
design flexibility and low overall BOM.
Alpha samples of this expanded i.MX 6 processor are available
now, with full production expected in Q4 2014. The design is available
with a comprehensive set of development tools and software support
including Android and Linux operating systems for the Cortex-A9
processor, the MQX™ OS for the Cortex-M4 processor and the broad ARM
community of support. Also planned for availability in Q4 is the
expanded i.MX 6 series SABRE board. The newest i.MX device joins an
already-broad portfolio of i.MX 6 series products shipping today,
offering multiple processing and integration options for maximum
flexibility and scalability.
About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in embedded processing
solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the
automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From
microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated
circuits and connectivity - our technologies are the foundation for the
innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more
connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include
automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation
wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical
devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is
based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development,
manufacturing and sales operations around the world. http://www.freescale.com.
Freescale and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale
Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. All product or service
names are the property of their respective owners. ARM and Cortex are
trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM Ltd. or its subsidiaries in
the EU and/or elsewhere. All rights reserved. All other product or
service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2014
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
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