Applications processors designed specifically to meet the audio, voice and video requirements of IoT products have been launched at CES by NXP.
According to the company, the i.MX 8M family addresses ‘major inflection points’ in streaming media, including voice recognition and networked speakers in audio, and the move to 4K High Dynamic Range video.
“Prior to this, there weren’t any viable processing solutions that addressed voice, video and audio requirements without being overkill,” said Martyn Humphries, VP of consumer and industrial applications processors. “With i.MX 8M, customers can get the exact solution for their needs.”
Devices feature up to four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A53, as well as a Cortex-M4F, flexible memory options and high speed connectivity. The processors also feature full 4K UltraHD resolution and HDR video quality, up to 20 audio channels and DSD512 audio.
Four devices are available: the DualQuad; QuadLite; and Solo. The Dual and Quad variants have two or four A53 cores respectively, with one Cortex-M4F and 4kp60, h.265 and VP9 video capability. Both feature a GC7000Lite GPU. The QuadLite has four A53 cores, one M4F core and a GC7000Lite GPU, while the Solo has one A53 core, one M4F core and a GC7000nanoULTRA GPU.
Limited sampling of the i.MX 8M range will begin in Q2 2017, with general availability later in the year.