Adesto’s EcoXiP™ Solution Improves XiP Performance, Reduces Power and Cost for NXP’s New Crossover Embedded Processors
NXP engineers designed the i.MX RT1050 with no on-board Flash to increase performance and reduce total solution cost. “Shedding the burden of on-board flash reduces costs and helps enable higher frequency operation for increased processor performance and enables product designers to boost capabilities, increase efficiency and add more features,” said
The new crossover embedded processors are aimed at consumer, industrial, IoT and other applications that demand the performance and capabilities of an applications processor-based design, but with the ease-of-use, low-power, and real-time operation of a microcontroller system. The addition of XiP memory also provides these systems the ability to perform over-the-air (OTA) updates, a requisite function for many end devices.
Until now, for XiP systems to hit these performance targets, designers have been required to invest in memory solutions that are expensive, power-hungry and performance limiting. Built on an innovative memory and protocol architecture, EcoXiP overcomes these challenges.
“The introduction of low power XiP systems will pave the way for applications that need better energy efficiency and lower cost,” said
The EcoXip Advantage
Benefits of EcoXiP include:
– High system performance: EcoXiP delivers 2.4X CPU performance compared to existing quad devices and 1.4X CPU performance compared to best-in-class octal devices
– Optimized latency and throughput: a high-speed, octal DDR interface with a proprietary pre-fetching scheme reduces the effective latency dramatically and delivers superior CPU performance
– Concurrent Read/Write capability: designers can reduce system cost since in most cases there is no need for an additional Flash device to handle over-the-air updates or data logging
– Memory size flexibility: optimized densities from 32Mb to 128Mb enable IoT SoC designers to optimize for their specific application, with the ability to change memory capacity as their needs change without the expense of redesigning their SoCs
– Best standby power: configurable strength IO pins and a range of power management features lead to improved device and system power consumption
– Enhanced security with on-chip unique-ID One-Time Programmable (OTP) security registers
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