Freescale Semiconductor Inc.(NYSE:FSL) has just signed a license from ARM allowing it to use the newly released Cortex-A7 design.
The Cortex-A7 is a power reduced version of the coming Cortex-15 core and it will allow Freescale to manufacture a whole range of its i.MX application processors that will all be pin and software compatible.
“The high-performance Cortex-A15 processor and ultra-efficient Cortex-A7 processor will play a key role in delivering the ‘just-right’ blend of performance, power consumption and price our customers have come to expect from the i.MX portfolio,” said Bernd Lienhard, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s multimedia applications division, in a statement.
Freescale is planning to manufacture i.MX chips for embedded, automotive infotainment and smart mobile device applications.
The use of both A7 and A15 will allow Freescale to manufacture a whole range of processors all the way from a very nimble single core A7 to multi core A15 chips that can be used in advanced tablet designs.S|A
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