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Date: 30-05-15

Freescale expands I.MX app processors with three more additions

Freescale Semiconductor has added three more i.MX 6 series of app processors namely i.MX 6DualPlus, i.MX 6QuadPlus, and i.MX 6UltraLite.

Software and pin compatible i.MX 6DualPlus and i.MX 6QuadPlus designed to handle rich graphics and enhancing memory performance. i.MX 6UltraLite is designed for saving cost and space in applications where power efficiency, small form factor and security are important.

“Freescale’s i.MX 6 series is the broadest and most versatile applications processing platform for multimedia and display applications, and this expansion adds new levels of performance, power efficiency and system-level cost savings for our customers,” said Ron Martino, vice president of Applications Processors and Advanced Technology Adoption for Freescale’s MCU group. “These newest i.MX 6 processors are designed to enable the creation of wildly innovative products for smarter and more secure automotive and Internet of Tomorrow applications.”

ARM Cortex-A9 core powered i.MX 6DualPlus and i.MX 6QuadPlus can handle a graphic performance 2x higher than i.MX 6Dual and i.MX 6Quad processors and also improve memory utilization by more than 50 percent, according to Freescale.

Key features of i.MX 6DualPlus, i.MX 6QuadPlus as shared by Freescale include:
Enhanced versions of 3D, 2D and composition GPUs
A newly optimized 64-bit DDR3/LVDDR3/LPDDR2-1066 memory interface to increase bus bandwidth
More embedded SRAM, as well as added pre-fetch and resolve engines

The applications suggested for i.MX 6DualPlus and i.MX 6QuadPlus covers automotive instrument clusters and infotainment systems, as well as medical equipment, industrial HMI, digital signage and media streaming applications running in both active and low power modes.

The lighter and secure i.MX 6UltraLite is suggested for fast-growing Chinese mobile financial payments (ePOS) space.

i.MX 6UltraLite is powered by ARM Cortex-A7 core and available in 14x14mm and 9x9mm BGA packages. Freescale claims the i.MX 6UltraLite is the smallest and most energy-efficient ARM-based processor, providing maximum performance in low-power, space constrained embedded environments.

Key features of i.MX 6UltraLite as shared by Freescale include:
An advanced power management architecture featuring multiple energy saving modes, dynamic voltage and frequency scaling, as well as integrated power switch for flexible power gating in low power modes
Robust security features such as secure boot, hardware cryptographic cipher engines and random number generators help enable hardware-verified peripheral and memory access requests for secure isolation and prevention of tainted system resources
Hardware tamper detection and an integrated on-the-fly DRAM encryption/decryption engine make the i.MX 6UltraLite among the most secure ARM Cortex-A7 microprocessor solutions available
Rugged reliability backed by qualification for Freescale’s Product Longevity Program.

The i.MX 6DualPlus and i.MX 6QuadPlus are sampling now, with mass production planned for October 2015. Sampling for the i.MX 6UltraLite processor is planned to begin in July 2015. Freescale is also supporting these Ics by offering PF0100 PMIC for the i.MX 6DualPlus and i.MX 6QuadPlus products, and Freescale’s PF3000 series power management IC is targeted for availability prior to July 2015 for the i.MX 6UltraLite. Other support materials such as tools, board support packages are also available for these three IC families.

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