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

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

Available now in volume quantities and supported by a broad ecosystem, i.MX 6
series scales from one to four cores to meet demanding requirements of a range
of applications

Business Wire

MUNICH -- November 13, 2012

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
  * 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.

Tweet this: @Freescale announces availability of #i.MX 6 series #processors
and #SABRE development tools

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

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

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

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

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.

Freescale and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor,
Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. ARM is the registered trademark of ARM
Limited. Cortex is the trademark of ARM Limited. Oracle and Java are
registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. All other product or
service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Freescale
Semiconductor, Inc.


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