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Balance performance and power consumption NXP releases new crossover processor

Sunday,Jun 30,2019
Recently, NXP Microcontroller Business 2019 Media Exchange Conference was held in Beijing. At the conference, Geoff Lees, general manager of NXP's microcontroller industry, and his team attended the latest developments in NXP's field of microcontrollers.
According to Geoff Lees, the Chinese market has always been the strategic focus of NXP, and product definition, design and manufacturing for the Chinese market has been the subject of constant emphasis in the past. In the past year, NXP has expanded its software division in Beijing, actively interacted with many well-known universities, and further deepened cooperation with SMIC, and there have been many successful cases in the market.
Two years ago, NXP introduced the concept of "cross-border processor" for the first time, and the i.MX RT cross-border processor came into being, balancing low power consumption and high performance in audio subsystems, consumer products, home and It has a wide range of applications in building automation, industrial computing design, motor control and power conversion.
Today, NXP brings two new cross-border processors, i.MX 7ULP and i.MX RT1010. The i.MX 7ULP is the lowest power consumption of the NXP application processor, which can achieve the power consumption of the previous microcontroller level. And under the limited cost of the i.MX RT1010, the computing power has not lost to the Pentium that Intel introduced before, which is very cost-effective.
Specifically, i.MX 7ULP is designed with two cores, one Cortex-A7 and one Cortex-M4, which are in two completely independent domains. The Cortex-A7 is relatively more powerful and can run the Linux operating system alone. In most cases, it is off. The Cortex-M4 is responsible for low power consumption and will handle some basic tasks to ensure low-power operation of the device.
Currently, i.MX 7ULP has started mass production and has sold more than 1 million units in the short term. Event site NXP also provided several demo demos for i.MX 7ULP, including smart factory access control, face recognition, and low-power heterogeneous sensor hubs.
As for the other cross-border processor i.MX RT1010, this chip is a chip designed in China and produced in China. It is also the first product of NXP to be produced at SMIC Beijing Yizhuang Factory.
According to Zeng Jintao, global product director of NXP's Microcontroller Division, the i.MX RT1010 is built on a 40nm process. The MCU can reach 500MHz and its computing power is higher than Intel's Pentium. At a price of only $6.88, it is the first time in the market that it can achieve such high performance at this price point.
In addition, NXP continues to work on edge computing and machine learning, including NXP's own machine learning development environment eIQ and the corresponding EdgeScale software architecture, which can optimize machine learning models based on different hardware to provide more effective Machine learning computing power.
At the same time, NXP is also working with top algorithm companies in speech recognition, face recognition, etc., based on the i.MX8M Mini and i.MX 7ULP to provide a more comprehensive and complete solution to support machine learning.