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New Qseven Module with Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A9
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A low-power, high-performance embedded Qseven module with strong graphics capabilities is offered with three different processor versions and may be used for single-core, dual-core or even quad-core computing. The new Qseven module MSC Q7-IMX6 from MSC Embedded uses the Freescale i.MX6 processor, which contains an ARM Cortex-A9 RISC CPU with one, two or even four cores. These processors are fully compatible with each other, so they can be alternatively soldered on the same boards. Even though the processor consumes very little power, it provides high computing performance at up to 1.2 GHz clock rates, accompanied by powerful graphics capabilities. All models except the single-core version provide the Freescale Triple Play graphics architecture, which consists of decoder hardware for (dual-stream) 3D videos up to Full-HD resolution (1080p). Up to four shaders with a combined power of up to 200 MT/s achieve excellent 3D graphics results, a separate 2D BLT engine accelerates user interface speeds, and an additional 2D OpenVG engine drives vector-based graphics.
The module provides two banks of DDR3 DRAMs supporting between 512 Mbytes and 4 Gbytes of memory. Additionally, a 128 Mbyte NOR Flash device stores the boot loader while an optional NAND Flash memory (up to 8 Gbyte) can be used as a Flash Disk. On top of this, a SATA-II interface up to 3 Gbits/s is available to support external data and program storage. MSC has provided a feature connector for interfaces not contained in the signal scheme of the Qseven connector. It can be accessed on the module and provides an additional UART next to SPI, MIPI-CSI and a BT.656 Camera interface.
The MSC Q7-IMX6 will be accompanied by driver and BSP support for Linux and Windows Embedded Compact 7 with further operating systems to follow. The quad-core version will be priced around $180 in medium volumes.
MSC Embedded, San Bruno, CA. (650) 616-4068. [www.mscembedded.com].