Freescale has unveiled three additions to its i.MX 6 application processor portfolio, claiming the new parts offer higher levels of security, performance and power management, while optimising the system bill of materials.

The i.MX 6DualPlus and i.MX 6QuadPlus devices are said by the company to deliver 'dramatic' graphics and memory performance enhancements, while the i.MX 6UltraLite targets cost and space constrained applications. The 6DualPlus and 6QuadPlus parts are software and pin compatible with a broad range of i.MX 6 processors.

Ron Martino, vice president of Applications Processors and Advanced Technology Adoption for Freescale's MCU group, said: "These newest i.MX 6 processors are designed to enable the creation of wildly innovative products for smarter and more secure automotive and Internet of Tomorrow applications."

The i.MX 6DualPlus and i.MX 6QuadPlus integrate multiple ARM Cortex-A9 cores. Both are said to more than double the graphics performance of previous parts to and improve memory utilisation by more than 50%.

The i.MX 6UltraLite, meanwhile, is targeted at applications where security, cost and power efficiency are important. With an ARM Cortex-A7 core and available in 14 x 14mm and 9 x 9mm BGA packages, the i.MX 6UltraLite is claimed as the smallest and most energy efficient ARM based processor.