ARM Processors Suit Edge Computing Apps


NXP has launched its first embedded multi-core heterogeneous applications processors built in advanced 14LPC FinFET process. Applications supported by the processors will include edge node computing, streaming multimedia, and machine learning due to their high-performance compute, power efficiency, and embedded security, the firm asserted.

i.MX8 processors range adds new i.MX 8M Mini processors with one to four Cortex A53 application cores, one Cortex-M4F real-time core, 2D/ 3D graphics accelerator, and support for 1080p video playback and output.

The new i.MX 8M CPUs include versions with single, dual, and four Arm Cortex-A53 cores running up to 2GHz. The chips also include Cortex-M4 real-time processing at 400MHz.


“i.MX 8M core options are optimized for ultra-low-power, even sub-Watt in specific applications, but offers the breadth of processing power necessary for consumer, audio, industrial, machine learning training and inferencing across a range of cloud providers”, as per the firm.

The chips also feature hardware 1080p video acceleration to enable two-way video applications, 2D and 3D graphics to provide a rich visual HMI experience, and advanced audio capabilities to enable audio-rich applications.

Support for DDR3L, DDR4 and LPDDR4 memory will cater to system cost optimization and product longevity requirements.

Sampling in 2Q18. General sampling and production 1Q19.

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