NXP – Launch of industry’s lowest-power ARM Cortex-A7-based processor

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NXP Semiconductors has released the i.MX 6ULL applications processor, an addition to the broad i.MX 6 processor family which consumes
as much as 30% less power than other processors based on an ARM® Cortex®-A7 core. The i.MX 6ULL is ideal for IoT, consumer and industrial end-product designs which face tight cost constraints.

The processor offers secure encryption functions, and provides various memory interfaces. It includes an integrated power management module, helping to reduce the complexity of the user’s board design by reducing the need for external power circuitry.

The i.MX 6ULL’s single ARM Cortex-A7 core runs at up to 900MHz, and includes 128kbytes of L2 cache. It supports the 16-bit DDR3 and LPDDR2 memory types.

The i.MX 6ULL is expected to be popular with developers of human-machine interfaces because of its built-in support for display functionality. This includes a parallel LCD controller at up to WXGA (1366px x 768px) resolution, an 8/-10-/16-/24-bit parallel camera sensor interface, and an electrophoretic display controller for E-Ink panels at up to 2048px x 1536px resolution.

The i.MX 6ULL processor has compatible and scalable ball-grid array package options. The 14mm x 14mm package is ideal for simple and low-cost PCB designs. The 9mm x 9mm option is ideal for space-constrained applications. The device is available in three variants: the MCIMX6Y0, MCIMX6Y1 and MCIMX6Y2.

FEATURES

  • Parallel NOR Flash/pseudo-SRAM
  • Dual-channel Quad-SPI NOR Flash
  • Two MMC/SD card interfaces
  • Two USB2.0 interfaces with PHY
  • ESAI, I2S and S/PDIF audio interfaces
  • Two 10/100 Ethernet interfaces with IEEE 1588 capability
  • Two 12-bit ADCs with resistive touch controller

APPLICATIONS

  • Human-machine interfaces
  • IoT gateways
  • Home energy-management systems
  • Smart energy concentrators
  • Intelligent industrial-control systems
  • Portable medical equipment
  • Streaming audio equipment
  • Printers and 2D scanners
  • Smart appliances

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The i.MX 6ULL-EVK includes an LCD and supports audio playback as well as many connectivity options. Software development based on the Linux® operating system is backed by NXP’s Linux board support package for the i.MX 6ULL.

Orderable Part Number: MCIMX6ULL-EVK

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