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Freescale i.MX53 line jumpstarts development

Posted: 09 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:applications? processor? development? platforms? multimedia?

Freescale Semiconductor grows its i.MX53 applications processor portfolio with two advanced development platforms and new consumer and industrial devices.

The Quick Start development platform is based on i.MX53 technology and is designed for an out-of-box experience. The platform includes a 1GHz i.MX53 applications processor with 1GB of DDR3 memory and peripherals. Also included are drivers, hardware, software-optimized multimedia codecs and other components. The Quick Start solution runs on a Linux OS.

The SABRE (Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering) platform for tablets is based on i.MX53 technology, offers market-specific connectivity and user interfaces to help speed system-level development of next-generation tablets and mobile devices. Engineered to help developers and manufacturers provide compelling user experiences on a near-production-ready device, the SABRE platform includes an i.MX53 applications processor built on a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 core capable of running the Android, Linux and Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7 OS. The reference design features a 10-inch, high-resolution LCD display and an array of market-critical features, functionality and technologies. The design also includes the Freescale MMA8451Q 3-axis accelerometer, MAG3112 magnetic sensor, MC1323x transceiver and SGTL5000 audio codec.

Freescale is expanding the i.MX53 product family with the i.MX537 derivative for industrial applications and the i.MX538 derivative for consumer applications. Based on Freescale's latest implementation of the advanced ARM Cortex-A8 core, these processors deliver fast processing for applications including tablets, smartphones, automotive infotainment systems, patient monitoring equipment and industrial devices with human-machine interfaces.

The products' low power consumption qualifies them for the Freescale Energy-Efficient Solutions mark, which designates Freescale products whose implementation of energy or power management technologies and/or performance within a specified energy budget over the life of the application is optimal. Merging outstanding performance with 1,080p HD video, high-end 2D/3D graphics hardware acceleration and industry-leading input/output flexibility on a single SoC, the newest i.MX53 products are expected to be deployed across a broad range of industries.

The i.MX537 processor incorporates an 800MHz ARM Cortex-A8 core and provides environmental differentiators for the industrial market. These include 3.3V I/O support, a 0.8mm pitch package to reduce PCB and manufacturing costs, extended temperature coverage of -40C to +85C for harsh environments, industrial qualification for extended reliability, and a strong ecosystem of module manufacturers, software integrators and development tools providers. In addition, the i.MX537 device is part of the Freescale Product Longevity program, with a minimum of 15 years of assured supply.

Freescale's i.MX538 processor for consumer markets is delivered in 12 x 12mm PoP housing, built on a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 core and supports LPDDR2 with optional MMC/SD flash memories. The processor's PoP technology allows vertical layering of logic and memory ball grid array packages, resulting in a small footprint ideal for consumer applications.

The Quick Start board is available now for a manufacturer's suggested resale price of $149. The SABRE platform for tablets is expected to be offered in March 2011 at a manufacturer's suggested resale price of $1,499. The i.MX537 and i.MX538 applications processors are available now in sample quantities for select customers, with general sampling anticipated in June 2011.

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