The new family, which is based on up to six 64-bit ARM®v8-A technology processor cores and includes a HiFi 4 DSP, LPDDR4 and DDR4 memory support as well as dual Gigabit Ethernet with audio video bridging (AVB) capability, is designed to advance automotive dashboard graphics such as instrument clusters, infotainment visuals, heads-up displays, rear-seat screens and more. Capable of driving four HD screens with independent content or a 4K screen, the new devices introduced today include:
“The rising interest in connected vehicles is exciting for everyone in the automotive industry, especially semiconductor suppliers,” said
Many Platforms, One Chip
NXP’s new i.MX 8 series greatly simplifies developing, testing and deploying multi-OS platforms on a single processor. The i.MX 8 family in particular is built with full-chip, hardware based virtualization and domain protection. Every IP resource, from GPUs to serial ports, has resource protection, ownership rights and access permissions built right into its hardware. This helps ensure an OS only accesses those resources assigned, greatly increasing platform reliability and reducing the inherent risks associated with software-based sharing techniques. Operating systems can be deployed ‘out of the box’ by utilizing the i.MX 8 split GPU and display controller architecture, assigning one GPU and display controller to each OS, providing both with deterministic performance without risking the complexity inherent to paravirtualizing a monolithic GPU and display controller pipeline.
Multi-Display, Safely, Securely
i.MX 8 can drive four HD displays with independent content and helps ensure those screens ‘stay up’ even in the event of a system crash and is critical to the design of ASIL-B compliant systems. The i.MX 8 supports up to 16 hardware-based firewall domains engineered to isolate crashes, external attacks and other system level issues. In addition, the SafeAssure® Fail-Over capable display controllers monitor the system’s graphics pipeline and if a failure is detected, will automatically fail-over to a fully isolated display path. Users continue to see critical information on every display, even if the processor is fully rebooted. With i.MX 8, if an infotainment or other connected sub-system is compromised, the hardware-based i.MX 8 partitioning architecture ensures that all other eCockpit subsystems – including safety-critical displays – remain up and functioning.
In addition, the new i.MX 8 processors incorporate advanced security technologies and standards, including encrypted boot, elliptical curve cryptography, secure key storage, as well as support for
Carrying forward the i.MX portfolio’s hallmark of cross-portfolio compatibility, the three new i.MX 8 devices feature fourth generation scalability, delivering pin-, package- and power-compatibility with copy-exact IP for optimal software reuse and fast time-to-market. With a single platform to support a vast array of systems and end-devices, customers can design a single PCB platform, single system software build and utilize different i.MX 8 processors to address a broad spectrum of specifications and requirements.
Outstanding Vision Performance, Outstanding Experiences Everywhere
Enabling high performance vision processing at low power is an extremely difficult challenge. The i.MX 8 solves this by featuring GPUs with dedicated, software-agnostic vision processing hardware instructions enabling up to 800% better efficiency than a non-optimized GPU.
The new i.MX 8 devices will ship with extensive reference software, solutions and tools, to more-fully unlock its exceptional 4x screen capable graphics processing, 4K video playback, integrated speech and complex vision processing capabilities. These open new ways to develop true multisensory human machine interfaces, help mobile service robots to “see and hear,” enable autonomous flight of personal drones, build wearable devices that scan and speak, and enhance modern industrial automation efficiency in many ways we are only now beginning to imagine.
NXP plans sample availability for its first three i.MX 8 processors in Q1 of 2017. Please contact NXP sales for details. For more information, please visit www.nxp.com/iMX8.
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