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Freescale Semiconductor announced its smallest-yet MCU, and it’s destined for the many objects in the growing Internet of Things (IoT) trend. The Kinetis KL03 MCU is a 32-bit chip based on ARM, and it promises lower power requirements in smaller devices than existing solutions. “When size is no longer a barrier to incorporating microcontrollers into edge node devices, we can start to redefine what’s possible for the Internet of Things,” said Rajeev Kumar, Freescale’s director of worldwide marketing and business development in a press release. The Kinetis KL03 MCU includes... Read more...
Like little components? Sure you do. And if so, Freescale Semiconductor has quite the treat on tap for you. The company is now offering alpha samples of its Kinetis L series, the industry's first microcontrollers (MCUs) built on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor. The company claims that this little fellow provides he ideal opportunity for users of legacy 8- and 16-bit architectures to migrate to 32-bit platforms and bring additional intelligence to everyday devices without increasing power consumption and cost or sacrificing space. Applications, such as small appliances, gaming accessories, portable... Read more...
Desktop CPUs are great, sure, but they only get you so far. With handheld computing on the rise, companies like Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Freescale have plenty of reasons to celebrate. This week, the last amongst those showcased their scalable i.MX 6 quad-core ARM-based apps processor. It's built on ARM's Cortex A9, and it's targeting the tablet, eReader, automotive infotainment and other smart mobile device spaces. The i.MX 6 series is comprised of the single-core i.MX 6Solo, dual-core i.MX 6Dual and quad-core i.MX 6Quad processor families. Product capabilities include dual-stream 1080p... Read more...
When AMD announced roughly one month ago that it was firing Dirk Meyer as CEO, it touched off a controversial debate as to the reason for the CEO's dismissal. The fact that the dust from that decision has scarcely settled hasn't deterred AMD from wielding the axe again—this time it's chief operating officer Robert Rivet and senior VP for corporate strategy, Marty Seyer, whose heads are on the chopping block. As with Meyer, AMD refused to provide additional information on why the new men are leaving the company, noting only that they intend "to pursue new opportunities." Unlike Meyer, who... Read more...
The CES madness has officially started. Freescale, the company that has produced chips for just about every mobile device known to man, is taking this chance to introduce some new gear as well. The new i.MX 6 series of quad-, dual- and single-core applications processors are badly needed in a world where software is quickly becoming too advanced for the smartphone processors we already have. It's wild to think that 1GHz just sounds "average" these days when thinking about a mobile device, but it's true. This new platform will integrate 1, 2 or 5 ARM Cortex A9 cores running at up to 1.2GHz each... Read more...
The folks over at ARMDevices have posted an exclusive look (via YouTube video - see below) at the Realease Shogo tablet. Sporting a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen, the Shogo comes built with a Freescale i.MX37 (ARM11) or i.MX51 (ARM Cortex A8) processor inside and is completely open with Linux as the OS. Realease's has all the makings of a you-know-what killer, including a front-facing webcam, one external and two internal USB ports (tablet makers can use the internal ports for things like a USB 3G dongle), audio in/outputs, a motion sensor that will turn the device on when it detects movement,... Read more...
We won't be the ones to say we told you so, but hey, we kind of told you so! The Smartbook revolution looks to be upon us, with Freescale serving up its version of the product just as CES gets unofficially underway. At first glance, you may confused this device with something akin to an Apple tablet, but when you consider that most every tablet looks generally the same (rectangular, thin, a large panel, few buttons and maybe a camera at the top), you'll probably realize that one is just about as good as the other. This device won't actually be wholly produced by Freescale. Instead, this is more... Read more...
Things are about to get a lot more cluttered in the netbook/smartphone/MID/UMPC space. As if that area wasn't jam-packed enough, right? This past week, both Qualcomm and Freescale announced news that they would be supporting a new breed of devices entitled "smartbooks," which would be positioned as smartphone complements and priced between the average handset and a netbook. So, why should you consider one of these "smartbooks" over a netbook?For starters, we're told that these units -- which will be shaped a lot like Sony's VAIO P and will be thinner and lighter than the typical netbook -- will... Read more...