Freescale is raising the bar in the mobile processor game by offering its i.MX6 mobile CPU in configurations from one to four cores. The i.MX6 processors uses ARM technology to deliver low-power consumption while offering high performance.
Each of the one, two, or four ARM Cortex A9 core can run at 1.2 GHz.
Potential applications for the CPUs include use in e-readers, smartphones, automotive infotainment systems and tablets. The powerful chips can deliver 3D playback of video content, better gaming performance, and longer battery life.
According to the company, the i.MX6 CPU series can offer 24 hours of HD video playback and 30 days of standby time.
The chips are expected to be in devices later this year.
Here are some highlights of the chip:
- Up to four ARM® Cortex™-A9 cores running at up to 1.2 GHz per core
- Up to 1 MB system level 2 cache
- ARMv7, Neon, VFPv3 and Trustzone support
- Multistream-capable HD video engine delivering 1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode and 3D video playback in HD
- Exceptional 3D graphics performance with quad shaders for up to 200 MTPS
- Separate 2D and vertex acceleration engines for uncompromised user interface experiences
- Stereoscopic image sensor support for 3D imaging
- Interconnect: HDMI v1.4 w/ integrated PHY, SD3.0, multiple USB 2.0 ports w/ integrated PHY, Gb Ethernet w/ integrated PHY, SATA-II w/ integrated PHY, PCI-e w/ integrated PHY, MIPI CSI, MIPI DSI, MIPI HSI, and FlexCAN for automotive applications
- Support for the VP8 codec
- Support for one of the broadest ranges of major operating system platforms in the industry
- Optional integration of an ePaper display controller for eReader and similar applications
NVIDIA is already delivering dual-core CPUs with its Tegra 2 chipsets, clocked at 1 GHz. Rivals Qualcomm, TI, and Samsung are expected to debut their own multi-core chipsets soon–all these solutions are based on chip technology by ARM. NVIDIA will also be aggressive with its chip solutions, promising annual refreshes and multi-core chips beyond dual-core designs currently used in the future. Intel and AMD will also be targeting the mobile CPU arena with their own solutions as both companies are eager to gain entry into the tablet and smartphone space.