Dual-core and quad-core mobile CPUs Coming This Year

Mobile processor speed just reach 1 GHz mark last year. And the indications are very good for 2011. It seems that is everything is on track Smartphone and tablet processors will enter the dual-core stages of their evolution and Freescale wants to join the party. Freescale also plan to bring quad-core mobile CPUs as well.

Freescale announced a trio of new mobile processors, suitable for use in Smartphones, Tablets and eReaders. i.MX 6 series of quad-core, dual-core and single-core applications processors designed to deliver outstanding performance and scalability to manufacturers targeting the hottest selling smart mobile, automotive infotainment and embedded device categories. And it also seems that Android community will be benefitted more by this new processor series.

The three versions of the i.MX 6 CPU are called Solo, Dual and Quad and come with one, two and four Cortex A9 cores respectively. Each of the cores can be clocked at up to 1.2 GHz. The level 2 cache isn't quoted for each of the CPUs but Freescale says it reaches 1 MB.
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Still each and every of the i.MX 6 processors is said to allow full HD (as in 1080p) video decoding and encoding. There's also support for HDMI v1.4 and multiple USB 2.0 ports. The stereoscopic image sensor support allows for 3D imaging, provided that someone builds the right camera module for the task.

They says that potential applications include mobile devices featuring 3D video playback, desktop-quality gaming, augmented reality applications and content creation capabilities – all delivered in ultra-sleek form factors and with significant battery life advantages over many of today’s most popular mobile devices.

Continuing to build on its advanced low-power design expertise, Freescale’s i.MX 6 series features industry-leading power consumption for demanding applications such as HD 1080p video playback. The i.MX 6 series can deliver up to 24 hours of HD video playback and 30-plus days of device standby time. Integrated power management capabilities reduce the need for external PMICs and help to ensure only those components required for a task are powered.

The product series is comprised of the single-core i.MX 6Solo, dual-core i.MX 6Dual and quad-core i.MX 6Quad processors. Key technical features of the series include:

  1. Industry-leading four-core design.
  2. Up to four ARM® Cortex™-A9 cores running at up to 1.2 GHz per core.
  3. Up to 1 MB system level 2 cache.
  4. ARMv7, Neon, VFPv3 and Trustzone support.
  5. Multistream-capable HD video engine delivering 1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode and 3D video playback in HD.
  6. Exceptional 3D graphics performance with quad shaders for up to 200 MTPS.
  7. Separate 2D and vertex acceleration engines for uncompromised user interface experiences.
  8. Stereoscopic image sensor support for 3D imaging.
  9. 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.
  10. Support for the VP8 codec.
  11. Support for one of the broadest ranges of major operating system platforms in the industry.
  12. Optional integration of an ePaper display controller for eReader and similar applications.
Freescale plans to start sampling the new CPUs later this year, which isn't nearly as specific as we hoped to get. But you don't expect to be seeing one of those babies on an actual tablet or smartphone before the next holiday season.
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