NXP announces i.MX 93 applications processor family

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NXP Semiconductors has unveiled the i.MX 93 family of applications processors designed for automotive, smart home, smart building and smart factory applications.

These devices leverage edge machine learning to anticipate and automate based on user needs.

As the first applications processors in NXP’s i.MX 9 series, the i.MX 93 family combines the first implementation of the Arm Ethos-U65 microNPU with state-of-the-art security and a high degree of integration to deliver more efficient, faster, and securer machine learning at the edge. These attributes will help developers to address a number of diverse areas, from voice-assisted smart home and building systems, to low-power industrial gateways and automotive driver monitoring systems.

Systems that can process system inputs to make intelligent decisions locally with a high degree of accuracy are essential for the growth of the edge. To address this, the i.MX 93 family leverages a heterogenous multi-core architecture, including up to 2x 1.7 GHz Arm Cortex-A55 applications processors and a real-time Cortex-M33 microcontroller sub-system with full access to all SoC peripherals, including the industry’s first implementation of a 256 MACs/cycles Arm Ethos-U65 microNPU.

This architecture is able to deliver best-in-class, power-efficient machine learning performance across a variety of applications, including compact, battery-powered IoT devices, which require highly capable and efficient processors to maintain a longer battery life.

The i.MX 93 family is highly integrated, supporting a wide variety of industrial and automotive connectivity interface protocols, in addition to broad multi-media interfaces - making it easier for designers to connect the i.MX 93 devices across multiple systems. It also reduces the need for external hardware components and additional design work, decreasing time to market and reducing overall systems costs.

“The world is rapidly accelerating towards 75 billion connected devices by 2030 and it’s crucial to ensure that we’re building energy efficiency and security as well as intelligence into each and every device,” said Ron Martino, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Edge Processing for NXP Semiconductors. “The highly integrated i.MX 93 applications processors will help open an entirely new range of use cases at the edge, where you need to have that close tie-in to the sensor data to make fast decisions. This will enable a new generation of secured, efficient, intelligent devices across IoT, industrial IoT and automotive applications.”