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Applications processors feature multiple cores

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:applications processor? UI acceleration? play graphics architecture?

Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has unleashed the i.MX 6 series, the company's family of high-performance applications processors that offer multimedia capabilities such as triple play graphics architecture and UI acceleration. The series integrates Chips&Media's hardware video acceleration technology, the CODA960.

The i.MX 6 series scales from one to four CPU cores to deliver optimal headroom for many of today's consumer electronics applications. The applications processors, which are built on ARM Cortex-A9 cores with integrated IP, offer outstanding performance and scalability for manufacturers targeting the tablet, e-reader, automotive infotainment and other smart mobile device spaces, the company said.

The series consists of the single-core i.MX 6Solo, dual-core i.MX 6Dual and quad-core i.MX 6Quad processors. They feature dual-stream 1080p H.264 video processing for 3D class video decoding and Freescale's triple play graphics architecture consisting of console-style 3D graphics with 200MT/s. Added capabilities include separate 2D BLT engine for UI acceleration and separate 2D OpenVG engine for vector-based graphics.

The i.MX 6 series also offers display support for up to two (dual QXGA, 2048x1536) or four (dual WUXGA, 1920x1200 + dual HD1080) simultaneous displays and three physically separate graphic engines to best optimize gaming, UI and control-related graphics. Other technical specifications of the CPUs include DDR3/LP-DDR2, BGA /POP packaging, USB/SD/MIPI, CAN controller/MLB150 bus, LVDS and 64bit memory bus.

Common SoC IP building blocks enable series-wide software and development tool compatibility. Freescale also said that the i.MX 6 series' integrated power management capabilities, broad range of integrated I/Os and pin compatibility within package families reduce overall product complexity and development costs. Support for PC supply chain peripherals includes DDR3, 0.8mm pitch packaging, PCIe, SATA and GbE, and operating system support offered for Google Android, QNX, Linux and Microsoft.

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