Freescale Vybrid - A5/M4 asymmetrical processors for "industrial" devices

[quote]Innovative asymmetrical-multiprocessing architecture platform seamlessly integrates ARM® Cortex™-A and Cortex™-M cores, reducing complexity and cost and increasing system security for industrial applications

SAN JOSE, Calif. (DESIGN West 2012) – March 26, 2012 – Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) today announced its new portfolio of Vybrid controller solutions, designed to dramatically simplify development of applications that need rich human-machine interfaces (HMI) and connectivity, as well as deterministic real-time control and response capabilities. Vybrid devices are built on a unique asymmetrical-multiprocessing-architecture platform that leverages Freescale’s heritage as a leader in microcontroller development and multicore design. The new Vybrid controller solutions, along with Kinetis microcontrollers and i.MX applications processors, give Freescale an unparalleled breadth of solutions based on the ARM 32-bit architecture.

Vybrid devices are ideal for applications including building/home automation and control; industrial automation; point-of-sale systems; medical devices, such as patient monitors; smart energy equipment, including energy meters and data concentrators; and appliances. They are also well-suited for many low-power and timing-critical wired and wireless network communication protocols, such as IEEE 1588, Smart Energy 2.0, low-power WiFi, Bluetooth Low Energy and power line communication, as well as other proprietary interfaces.

“We’ve built our new Vybrid controller solutions to address the enormous challenge of adding advanced user interfaces to applications that traditionally have been focused on real-time control,” said Reza Kazerounian, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Automotive, Industrial & Multi-Market Solutions Group. “With the Vybrid platform, Freescale is going beyond silicon to provide a full software-hardware solution, making it easier and faster for our customers to develop systems that need rich apps in real time.”[/quote]