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pulse NXP aims i.MX 8M processor series at IoT audio, voice, video home apps NXP has configured the ARMbased i.MX 8M family of applications processors for audio and video system requirements in smart home and smart mobility applications. Their capabilities support full 4K UltraHD resolution, High Dynamic Range and advanced HMI for streaming media applications. The i.MX 8M family has been designed to meet the needs of applications such as over-the-top (OTT) set-top boxes, digital media adapters, surround sound, sound bars, A/V receivers, voice control, voice assistance, digital signage and general purpose human machine interface (HMI) solutions. The processors, NXP says, address the ‘major inflection points’ currently underway in streaming media: voice recognition and networked speakers in audio, and the move to 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) and the growth of smaller, more compact form factors in video. NXP’s i.MX 8M family of processors has up to four 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-M4 cores, flexible memory options and high-speed connectivity interfaces. The processors also feature full 4K UltraHD resolution and HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG) video quality, the highest levels of pro audio fidelity, up to 20 audio channels and DSD512 audio. The i.MX 8M family is tailored to streaming video devices, streaming audio devices and voice control applications. “Prior to this, there weren’t any viable processing solutions that addressed voice, video and audio requirements without being overkill,” said Martyn Humphries, vice president of consumer and industrial applications processors at NXP. “With i.MX 8M, customers can get the exact solution for their specific A/V and versatility needs.” ARM-based, multi-protocol SoC targets smart, secure homes apps Qorvo (Greensboro, North Carolina), from its RF product line, has a complete system on chip (SoC) for smart home devices that delivers multi-protocol support with best-in-class power consumption. The new platform, Qorvo asserts, helps mitigate uncertainty surrounding future IoT standards. The company is also offering free-download ebooks on the subject. From the product line that was previously Greenpeak Technologies (acquired by Qorvo) the GP695 SoC integrates multiple communication protocols, including IEEE Complete article, here 802.15.4, ZigBee 3.0, Thread and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for sensors and actuators and smart home networking ...while optimizing energy efficiency and extending battery life. It is based on an ARM Cortex-M4 core. Supporting these different connectivity options allows for a 9 EDN Europe January 2017 www.edn-europe.com


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