Freescale Semiconductor is introducing two lower cost processors that are pin-compatible with the existing i.MX 6 family of devices for industrial and embedded multimedia applications.
The new i.MX 6SoloLite processor is designed specifically for next-generation eReaders and is the follow-on to the i.MX508 which powers millions of eReaders from top OEMs worldwide.
The new dual-core i.MX 6DualLite product delivers multiprocessing performance at cost-effective price points, targeting a broad array of smart devices and products including tablets, IPTVs, IP phones, medical patient monitoring systems and home energy management solutions.
Both processors incorporate ARM Cortex-A9 cores and E Ink controllers, enabling customers to simultaneously develop eReader and tablet products for faster time to market. Because the processors are software-compatible with other i.MX 6 series devices, designers can create a range of end-product versions using a common platform.
Building on the eReader market success of Freecsale's i.MX508 processor, the single-core i.MX 6SoloLite integrates an ARM Cortex-A9 core running up to 1GHz with a 2D graphics processor and display controllers for EPD and LCD-based panels. The i.MX 6SoloLite also introduces a new, simplified power management structure to be integrated across the i.MX 6 series for the reduction of design time and optimization of power efficiency, ultimately helping further extend eReader battery life.
Software and pin compatible with the i.MX 6Quad, i.MX 6Dual and i.MX 6Solo products, the new dual-core i.MX 6DualLite provides a balance of performance, power and price to help consumer and industrial customers create a broad portfolio of smart devices. Built on two ARM Cortex-A9 cores running up to 1 GHz, with integrated 2D- and 3D-graphics processors and a 1080p video processing engine, the i.MX 6DualLite provides multimedia performance with HDMI, LVDS, MIPI and PCIe, all with a 64-bit DDR3/LVDDR3 memory interface running up to 800MT/s for high performance.
"The newest additions to the i.MX 6 series offer our customers an even broader range of compatible applications processors, spanning a range of cost, price and feature sets for optimal flexibility," said Bernd Lienhard, vice president and general manager of Freescale's Multimedia Applications Division. "This platform approach has been well received by customers focused on consumer and other high-growth markets."
The scalability, longevity program and peripheral options have helped drive broad adoption of i.MX 6 series products across a variety of markets. Twenty-five active engagements are underway, and i.MX 6 processors have been designed in by five of the top six eReader OEMs, as well as multiple tablet manufacturers. Other recent design wins for i.MX 6 series processors include airline seatback infotainment systems, next-generation medical equipment, displays for test/measurement equipment, and advanced military/aerospace communications systems.
To help customers meet the stringent power requirements of consumer electronics markets, Freescale offers highly advanced power management ICs designed specifically for i.MX 6 series processors, ultimately delivering a platform solution that simplifies design, reduces overall system power and speeds time to market.
The i.MX 6 processor support a range of popular operating systems, including Android Version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Linux, QNX, Ubuntu and Windows Compact 7 with reference designs, software and turnkey development technologies that simplify system design.
Freescale plans to begin shipping i.MX 6 Lite series devices in volume quantities in the second half of 2012.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.