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Freescale brings quad core performance to smartphones

Semiconductor giant Freescale has announced a new energy efficient processor family with the option of one, two and four cores, each running at 1.2 GHz.

Freescale has announced a new portfolio of high performance, energy efficient multi core processors. The family is named i.MX 6 series and is available with one, two or four cores. Freescale says that the i.MX 6 series processors can power tablets, smartphones and ereaders etc.

Integrating ARM Cortex-A9 cores running at up to 1.2 GHz each, the i.MX 6 series delivers up to five times the performance of Freescale’s current generation of processors.

The potential applications of such a processor 3D video playback, desktop-quality gaming, augmented reality applications and content creation capabilities on mobile phones.

“Our i.MX 6 series offers consumers the novel and uncompromised online experiences they demand from next-generation connected consumer electronic products,” said Bernd Lienhard, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s multimedia applications division. “Low power, cost efficiency, enormous processing headroom, and unmatched compatibility are at the heart of the i.MX 6 series.”

Freescale claims that the i.MX 6 series can deliver up to 24 hours of video playback and 30-plus days of device standby time.

Devices based on these processors can have up to 1.2 GHz per core, up to 1 system level 2 cache, multistream-capable high definition 2D and 3D video playback, stereoscopic image sensor support for 3D imaging, HDMI version 1.4, multiple ports, ePaper display etc.

The processor will start shipping in the next six months; but the consumer will have to wait till 2012 for devices based on this processor family.

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