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Freescale’s i.MX 6 Series Applications Processors Roar into Production

The industry’s most scalable family of applications processors is shipping now in volume quantities, paving the way for new levels of embedded performance and energy efficiency in a wide range of fast-growing applications.

Integrating one, two or four ARM® Cortex™-A9 cores running up to 1.2 GHz, Freescale’s i.MX 6 series combines outstanding performance with optimized power consumption and unmatched scalability. The series includes five devices: the single-core i.MX 6Solo and i.MX 6SoloLite, dual-core i.MX 6Dual and i.MX 6DualLite, and quad-core i.MX 6Quad applications processors. Together, these products represent the industry’s only ARM-based applications processor series featuring software, power and pin compatibility across single-, dual- and quad-core implementations.

“The i.MX 6 series is distinguished by the sheer breadth of the offering, in terms of scalability, price/performance ratios, and the flexibility to support multiple applications,” said Geoff Lees, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Microcontroller Group. “Its broad adoption across many different vertical segments, combined with strong ecosystem support, makes it the platform of choice for years to come.”

i.MX 6 series applications processors have been selected to power a broad range of highly innovative products across applications including automotive infotainment systems, display-based industrial equipment, IPTV solutions, medical equipment, eReaders, market-specific media tablets and more.

Redefining state-of-the-art for applications processing

Integrated multimedia accelerators, power management capabilities, a vast array of market specific I/Os, and pin and software compatibility across families reduce overall product complexity, system cost and development investments. The i.MX 6 series offers OEMs fast time-to-value, enabling the rapid creation of complete end-product portfolios that can adjust and scale to meet evolving market demands.

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 200 MT/s for exceptional display resolution, separate 2D BLT engine for UI acceleration and separate 2D OpenVG engine for vector-based graphics.

Other notable features found in many of the i.MX 6 series processors include:

  • Display support for up to two (dual QXGA, 2048 x 1536) or four (dual WUXGA, 1920x1200 + dual HD1080) simultaneous displays
  • Display interfaces such as LVDS and HDMI
  • Support for E Ink and Sipix low-power display technology
  • Camera interfaces
  • Optimized peripheral sets such as PCIe/SATA/GbE, USB/SD/MIPI, CAN controller/MLB150 bus tailored to service, automotive infotainment, consumer and industrial markets
  • A 64-bit memory bus for optimal performance, and memory interfaces to support DDR3, DDR3L and LP-DDR2
  • Advanced security features such as High Assurance Boot, cryptographic cipher engines, random number generator, and tamper detection
  • Integrated power management to simplify design and reduce the number of external components
  • 0.8 mm pitch BGA packaging and consumer, industrial and automotive grade products
  • Longevity of supply

Freescale’s i.MX 6 series features outstanding power efficiency made possible by intelligent system design, dedicated hardware accelerators, and the power-efficiency of ARM Cortex-A9 core technology. The i.MX 6 series can deliver up to 24 hours of HD video playback and 30-plus days of device standby time. Integrated power management capabilities reduce external components thereby lowering system cost and complexity.

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Comprehensive development support

In addition to software available from Freescale, a broad range of global development partners offer solutions and support for the i.MX 6 series. Freescale is introducing three new, market-focused Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering (SABRE) platforms designed to speed and simplify development on i.MX 6 processors. Available now to help speed time to market are the SABRE platform for smart devices, SABRE for automotive infotainment and SABRE board for smart devices, Freescale has also developed the SABRE Lite platform design that serves the broad developer community and has been brought to market by Boundary Devices and element14.

The i.MX 6 series is also supported by a wide array of partners with solutions available today including embedded board solutions, software solutions, hardware components and design partners. i.MX 6 series embedded board partners include Advantech, Cogent, Congatec, iWave Phytec and Seco. Hardware components partners include Silex for wireless connectivity and Dialog and Wolfson for power management ICs. Software support for i.MX 6 includes, Green Hills Software INTEGRITY RTOS, Mentor Graphics® Nucleus RTOS, Mentor Embedded IVI and Mentor Embedded Linux, QNX® Neutrino® RTOS and QNX CAR™ 2 application platform, WindRiver Linux and VxWorks RTOS, Adeneo Embedded , Digi International – iDigi® Device Cloud M2M Solution, Oracle® Java SE Embedded, TimeSys LinuxLink, and YOUi Labs’ Natural User Interface. For a comprehensive list of i.MX 6 series partners, please view the Featured Partners list at www.freescale.com/imx6series.

i.MX 6 series products are supported by an open community of i.MX developers and users with the common interest of transforming i.MX applications processors into virtually anything imaginable – including tablets, eReaders, smart appliances, smart medical devices or automotive infotainment systems. The i.MX Community is an active community where open source developers can share knowledge, development tips and code. Visit imxcommunity.org.

Product availability

To order i.MX 6 series applications processors and development systems, please contact Freescale or an authorized Freescale distributor. More information about i.MX 6 series products is available at www.freescale.com/iMX6series

Freescale’s i.MX 6 series processors are included in Freescale’s product longevity program, with assured supply for a minimum of 10 years. For Terms and Conditions and to obtain a list of available products, visit freescale.com/productlongevity.

About Freescale

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) 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. www.freescale.com

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