Aerospace

ARM-based Processor Meets Audio, Video Needs

05 January 2017

NXP Semiconductors N.V. has introduced the i.MX 8M family of applications processors to meet increasing audio and video system requirements for smart home and smart mobility applications, such as over-the-top (OTT) set-top boxes, digital media adapters, surround sound, sound bars, A/V receivers, voice control, voice assistance, digital signage and general-purpose human machine interface (HMI) solutions.

NXP’s i.MX 8M family of processors has up to four 1.5 GHz ARM®Cortex®-A53 and Cortex-M4 cores, flexible memory options, and high-speed connectivity interfaces. The processors also feature full 4K UltraHD resolution and HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG) video quality, the highest levels of pro audio fidelity, up to 20 audio channels, and DSD512 audio. The i.MX 8M family is tailored to streaming video devices, streaming audio devices and voice-control applications.

Capable of driving dual displays, the new devices include:

  • The i.MX 8M Dual/i.MX 8M Quad, which integrates two or four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, one Cortex-M4F core, a GC7000Lite GPU, and 4kp60, h.265 and VP9 video capability
  • The i.MX 8M QuadLite, which integrates four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, one Cortex-M4F core and a GC7000Lite GPU
  • The i.MX 8M Solo, which integrates one ARM Cortex-A53 core, one Cortex-M4F core and a GC7000nanoULTRA GPU

The i.MX 8 applications processor is highly scalable with a pin- and power-compatible package and comprehensive software support. The i.MX 8 multi-sensory enablement kit (MEK) is now available to prototype i.MX 8M systems. Limited sampling of i.MX 8M will begin in the second quarter of 2017, and general availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.



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