Freescale Touts Smallest Smart System

| July 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Freescale-CHP-SCM_iMX6Austin, Tex. – Freescale Semiconductor claims the smallest single chip module (SCM) for the Internet of Things (IoT). The new SCM line can integrate hundreds of components including processors, memory, power management and RF parts, which would otherwise be deployed on a six-inch board, into a 17-mm x 14-mm x 1.7-mm package – the size of a U.S. dime, said Freescale.

Freescale unveiled the first product in its new SCM portfolio, the i.MX 6Dual SCM, which is designed to function as a computer on a chip. The i.MX 6Dual SCM is enabled for DDR memory and combines the performance of Freescale’s i.MX 6Dual applications processor together with a power management integrated circuit (PMIC), flash memory, embedded software/firmware, and system-level security technology including random number generation, cryptographic cipher engines and tamper prevention.

SCM products are engineered to reduce time-to-market, allowing an estimated 25 percent reduction in hardware development time – as well as greater than 50 percent reduction in size versus current discrete solutions, according to Freescale. The module’s performance and connectivity allow customers targeting IoT markets to incorporate sophisticated predictive data analytics capabilities into their products.

In addition, Freescale’s software/hardware solutions teams and SCM ecosystem partners enable fully embedded component sourcing and enhanced design support to reduce supply chain complexity and development challenges.

Target applications include 3D gaming goggles, where battery life and power are important; next-generation IoT drones requiring extreme processing performance for object recognition; and other IoT products, where highly advanced graphics and user interfaces are considered key to more mainstream adoption, said Freescale. Other markets include wearables, next-generation medical equipment and autonomous sensing applications.

“Early-stage companies entering the IoT and portable markets often work with limited resources and must create novel, compelling products in highly constrained form factors,” said Nancy Fares vice president of System Solutions at Freescale, in a statement. “For these and other businesses targeting highly competitive and fast-growing markets, Freescale’s SCM product line represents a major breakthrough that addresses a host of hardware and software design challenges, allowing them to begin development immediately and focus their efforts on designing highly differentiated applications and products.”

Availability: The i.MX 6Dual SCM is planned for availability in August 2015 directly from Freescale, and through Arrow Electronics. Additional products in the SCM product roadmap are planned for release over the next two years.

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