Integrated smart system for connected-device designs

June 24, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Aimed at “Internet of Things” applications, and claimed as the first in its format, Freescale Semiconductor has introduced what it positions as the smallest single chip module (SCM) that will save on both space and development time.

Freescale's SCM line of products can integrate hundreds of components including processors, memory, power management and RF, which would otherwise be deployed on a six-inch board, into a 17 x 14 x 1.7 mm package. 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% reduction in hardware development time - as well as greater than 50% reduction in size versus current discrete solutions. Designers targeting IoT markets can incorporate sophisticated predictive data analytics capabilities into their products; markets envisaged 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. Other markets well suited for Freescale's SCM technology include wearables, next-generation medical equipment and autonomous sensing applications.

Freescale's SCM portfolio products are delivered as a fully tested and software-enabled platform for consumer and industrial applications. They feature optimised board support package stacks and are enabled for both Linux and Android. The i.MX 6Dual SCM is planned for availability in August 2015 directly from Freescale, and through Arrow Electronics distribution. Additional products in the SCM product roadmap are planned for release over the next two years.

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