Linux on ARMFreescale unveiled two Linux-ready, 28nm i.MX7 SoCs with one or two Cortex-A7 cores, Cortex-M4 MCUs, and much lower power consumption than the i.MX6.

The single-core, 800MHz i.MX7 Solo (i.MX7S) and dual-core, 1GHz i.MX7 Dual (i.MX7D) follow last month’s single-core i.MX6 UltraLite as the first i.MX system-on-chips to move to a Cortex-A7 architecture. The i.MX7 Series is also Freescale’s first new i.MX family to move backward in performance, although significantly upward in power efficiency — a testament to how the Internet of Things is changing the semiconductor business. The i.MX7 ships with Linux, and supports Android, and targets IoT, wearables, secure Point-of-Sale equipment, smart home controls, and industrial products.


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