Freescale i.MX 6 processors to have Cortex A9 quad core
Freeacale’s i.MX 6 is the newest processor that will be based upon the multi core ARM’a Cortex A9 cores. NVidia has already launched the Cortex A9 based chip – Tegra 2.
Freescale’s i.MX51, that are based upon Cortex A8 are already used by a number of companies including Amazon ( in its Kindle), Sony ( in its Reader), BL Healtcare.
Freescale’s i.MX 6 will have quad cores, each at 1.2 GHz. This will make it 4 to 5 times more powerful than the current cortex A8 based i.MX51 processors. The graphics will be able to support recording and playing of 1080p video. Most users are looking for HDMI outuput on the smart phones and tablets to be able to display on their HDTV. Freescale’s i.MX 6 should have this capability. It is expected that i.MX 6 will be able to record 1080p video at 30 frames per second. It will also be able to play 3D video.
The i.MX 6 series has scalable architecture which will include quad core, dual core and single core processors. The processors are expected to be used in tablets, smartbooks and Healtcare video conferencing. The i.MX 6 is aggressive in the power management and will deliver exceptional performance at low power.
Freescale is expected to begin sampling i.MX 6 devices later in 2011. It is expected that the devices based upon i.MX 6 will appear in the CES show in January 2012.