Freescale i.MX family of application processors is introduced in 2001. According to statistics, in the past 12 years by 2013, the series of products has exceeded 150 million shipments, which is one of Freescale's most successful record in history. Over the years, this ARM-based processor product line has driven the technological innovations of thousands of customers and has introduced a large number of successful end products in multiple embedded markets. The i.MX application processor product line is also widely used by customers in the automotive industry. At present, eight of the top ten car manufacturers in the world have adopted the i.MX processor for the advanced driver information system platform.
The earliest i.MXS applications processors using the ARM920T core are solutions for .NET Micro Framework applications such as remote control, home automation systems, retail terminals, HMI (Human Machine Interface) panels, and other device whose requirements for volumes are Higher.
The i.MX28 family of multimedia applications processors are targeted at industrial control and consumer electronics applications and combine unmatched display, power management and connectivity features in ARM9-based devices which reduce the system cost and complexity of cost-sensitive applications. The i.MX28 has optimized performance and power consumption and is ideally suited for fanless systems or battery-powered portable devices. In addition, LCD controllers with touchscreen capabilities allow designers to design innovative, intuitive user interfaces for many applications. There are also i.MX28 series for automotive applications.
After the continuous evolution of i.MX31 processor (based on ARM11 processor core), i.MX35, i.MX37, i.MX50 (based on ARM Cortex-A8 core), i.MX51, i.MX53 and other multimedia processors, Freescale's multimedia processor won good reputation in the market. After that, Freescale redirected, it blockbuster launch i.MX6 series.
The i.MX6 family is a highly scalable multi-core family of application processor platforms based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture, it includes single, dual and quad-core, enabling next-generation applications such as consumer electronics, industrial and automotive in-car entertainment systems development. With state-of-the-art integration with advanced processing capabilities in the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture, cutting-edge 2D and 3D graphics and high-definition video capabilities, the i.MX 6 Series delivers compelling multimedia capabilities that support next generation of user experienc that beyond the limits of existing boundaries. One of the reasons why i.MX single-core, dual-core, and quad-core products have gained much appreciated scalability is the PF family of power management ICs. By combining simplified power requirements with the i.MX 6 platform, the PF Series offers all the voltage domains required for a wide range of applications, significantly reducing material costs and simplifying system design.
i.MX6 family of single-core, dual-core and quad-core implementation of the hardware to achieve a scalable, software and pin-compatible is helping engineers develop more differentiated products much more quickly. By providing four ARM Cortex-A9 cores running at 1.2GHz, combining an integrated 3D graphics unit and a 1080p encoding / decoding video engine with power management capabilities that support 350mW of 1080p Video playback, thus the i.MX 6 quad-core family solving problem of the multi-core processor can not be used in battery-powered scenarios. The next-generation platform offers a whole new level of multimedia performance and superior stability, which makes it ideal for a wide range of industrial smart devices.
i.MX6 series chip comparison
An example of an i.MX processor is that in home energy management systems, it is often necessary to provide a comprehensive user interface and extensive connectivity. Freescale's portfolio of solutions based on the industry's leading Power Architecture and ARM processors is ideal for this application. The block diagram of MPU, which adopts a wide range of products of Freescale communications processors, power management devices, wireless transceivers, and graphics processors and so on. Like MPC8308, MC13224, S08QE, I.MX233, IMX6S, etc. Freescale's solutions enable all points in a smart home to be connected and controlled through a single point of focus for energy efficiency and energy optimization.
Examples of home energy management systems based on Freescale's broad product portfolio:
Based on the success of many i.MX processors listed above, Freescale will also announce several new i.MX application processors in the future.
Perfect ecological environment
Freescale's i.MX products not only made a good reputation in the industry, but also received support from a wide range of third-party development tools. Such as Mentor Graphics(GUI), ThunderSoftware(system integrated), Archermind(system integrated), Bitland and Malata(ODM), Richitechie and Aigo (turnkey solutions). Through extensive in-house cooperation, Freescale and its partners form and improve the industry value chain, and is committed to providing customers with the most powerful support.
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