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Date: 22nd Jun 2011

ARM Cortex-A9 based quad-core app processor for consumer gadgets

At 2011 Freescale Technology Forum event Freescale Semiconductor has demonstrated 4 core ARM based application processor i.MX 6 for consumer electronics applications.

The i.MX 6 series devices are built on ARM Cortex-A9 cores with an array of integrated IP for designing tablet, eReader, automotive infotainment and other smart mobile device spaces.

"Freescale unveiled plans for the i.MX 6 series at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, and six months later we are pleased to demonstrate first-rev working silicon for this exceptionally sophisticated product," said Bernd Lienhard, vice president and general manager of Freescale's Multimedia Applications Division. "Execution has been outstanding and our customers can look forward to the scalability, performance and energy efficiency of our compelling new family of high-performance applications processors."

The i.MX 6 series is comprised of the single-core i.MX 6Solo, dual-core i.MX 6Dual and quad-core i.MX 6Quad processor families. Product capabilities include dual-stream 1080p H.264 video processing for 3D class video decoding, Freescale's triple play graphics architecture consisting of console-style 3D graphics with 200MT/s, separate 2D BLT engine for UI acceleration and separate 2D OpenVG engine for vector-based graphics.

The other key features of i.MX 6 series includes:

Display support for up to two (dual QXGA, 2048 x 1536) or four (dual WUXGA, 1920x1200 + dual HD1080) simultaneous displays
DDR3/LP-DDR2, BGA / POP packaging, PCIe/SATA/GbE, USB/SD/MIPI, CAN controller / MLB150 bus, LVDS
64-bit memory bus
Support for PC supply chain peripherals includes DDR3, 0.8 mm pitch packaging, PCIe, SATA and GbE, and operating system support offered for Google Android, QNX, Linux and Microsoft.

"Today's demonstration of first-rev working silicon for the i.MX 6 series is the latest example of strong product execution from Freescale's Networking and Multimedia Group," said Linley Gwennap, founder and principle of The Linley Group. "The i.MX 6 series presents performance, scalability and power efficiency advantages that should prove compelling to OEMs targeting top consumer electronics, automotive entertainment and other hot applications."

For more information about the i.MX 6 series visit www.freescale.com/imx.

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