Freescale Open Software Sensor Platform Enables Context Awareness and Data Fusion for the Internet of Things

  Freescale Open Software Sensor Platform Enables Context Awareness and Data
  Fusion for the Internet of Things

New Xtrinsic intelligent sensing framework eases integration, speeds
development and boosts differentiation for sensor applications


Business Wire

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- June 3, 2013

To speed and simplify the development of embedded systems that incorporate
multiple sensing technologies, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is now
offering the Xtrinsic intelligent sensing framework (ISF). The framework
provides software infrastructure and programming interfaces that enable
Xtrinsic sensors like the FXLC95000CL platform or Freescale’s Kinetis
microcontrollers to serve as sensor hubs, eliminating time-intensive sensor
integration tasks and allowing developers to focus on differentiating their
specific applications.

The proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly introducing
embedded intelligence and sophisticated sensing technologies to a broad array
of industrial systems, medical equipment, consumer devices and other products.
While the incorporation of more sensors into product designs enables
compelling functionality and promising new applications, it also presents
substantial challenges. Embedded developers face increased complexity related
to capturing, interpreting and efficiently leveraging disparate information –
often collected from multiple sensors – and then appropriately applying this
data to different domains and use cases.

“We have entered an age where sensor fusion remains important, but is no
longer enough. Developers need an open platform that enables data fusion and
facilitates the creation of differentiated, context-aware devices that drive
the Internet of Things,” said Babak Taheri, vice president and general manager
of Freescale’s Sensor and Actuator Solutions Division. “Freescale is giving
designers the building blocks to collect and transform sensor data by adding
their own specialty IP. This in turn removes the ‘backend’ work associated
with sensor fusion and frees designers to innovate and create contextual
awareness in next-generation connected devices.”

According to a recent report from analyst firm IHS, the market for MEMS
sensors is expected to grow 13 percent in 2013 and continue to grow by double
digits until 2016, when it will reach $2.21 billion (USD). Pressure sensors,
gyroscopes and combination sensors incorporated in intelligent devices are
expected to help drive this growth. Software for aggregating and fusing data
from the growing number and variety of sensors is increasingly important to
support new and advanced applications.

Freescale’s Xtrinsic ISF is an open framework that provides a run-time
environment for executing custom embedded applications. The Xtrinsic ISF
exposes a unified interface for obtaining data from multiple sensor types. ISF
sensor adapters handle all of the sensor communication details, making it easy
to add new sensors to a system without worrying about the details of sensor
communications. Together with its power management, bus management, command
interpreter and host proxy functions, the Xtrinsic ISF reduces integration
effort and shortens design time. The Xtrinsic ISF also enables new sensor
adapters to be written and integrated to handle additional sensor types for
customized solutions.

Freescale’s Xtrinsic ISF is compatible with the Xtrinsic FXLC95000CL platform,
which integrates an embedded 3-axis accelerometer and an embedded ColdFire
32-bit microcontroller (MCU) running the small-footprint MQX 3.7 operating
system. The Xtrinsic ISF also includes a sensor manager and a complete
hardware abstraction of the underlying MCU. The framework can be used for
multiple applications requiring one or more sensing technologies, including
augmented reality, gaming, medical and eHealth, toys and sports equipment,
tamper detection, remote control and more.

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The Xtrinsic intelligent sensing framework for the FXLC95000CL platform is
available via a click-through software license at

A proven leader in sensing solutions

Expanding on its more than 30-year heritage of sensor innovation, Freescale's
Xtrinsic sensing solutions are designed with the right combination of
high-performance sensing capability, processing capacity and customizable
software to help deliver smart, differentiated sensing applications. With
Xtrinsic sensing solutions, Freescale’s vision is to offer a diverse and
differentiated product portfolio to meet the expanding needs of the
automotive, consumer and industrial segments. Xtrinsic solutions offer
distinct blends of functionality and intelligence designed to help customers
differentiate and win in highly competitive markets.

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
inAustin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and
sales operations around the

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Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. All other product or service names are the
property of their respective owners. © 2013 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

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