NXP’s i.MX 91 family expands Linux capabilities for Edge applications

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NXP Semiconductors has announced the launch of the i.MX 91 applications processor family.

Building on decades of experience in developing multi-market applications processors, the i.MX 91 family has been developed to provide the security, features, and energy-efficient performance required for the next generation of Linux-based IoT and industrial applications.

With emerging protocols such as Matter, or the ISO 15118-20 standard for electric vehicle (EV) chargers, new product categories across IoT and industrial markets are emerging. These products often rely on Linux, which provides the extensibility and ease of programming that developers need for applications to evolve, extending product life.

NXP’s i.MX 91 family will enable developers to quickly create new Linux-based edge devices, such as home controllers, connected appliances, home entertainment, industrial scanning and printing, building control, EV chargers and medical platforms.

Commenting Jim McGregor, Principal Analyst at TIRIAS Research, said, “Next-generation Linux devices based on the i.MX 91 applications processors will be high-performance, affordable, and secure solutions, enabling quicker and easier adoption of updated protocols or new standards as they are introduced. It provides engineers with an essential platform to add intelligence into traditional embedded and IoT systems, while also delivering scalability through the larger i.MX 9 series."

As the entry point of the i.MX 9 series, the i.MX 91 family provides the extensibility and ease of programming that developers need. Hardware and software commonality with the NXP i.MX 93 family provides additional platform options for scaling product lines.

“Our new i.MX 91 family will provide the foundation for thousands of new device classes, with its high performance, connectivity and EdgeLock secure enclave setting a new standard for Linux platforms across IoT and industrial applications,” said Charles Dachs, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Industrial and IoT Edge, at NXP. “The i.MX 91 family enables the rapid development of platforms that may easily pivot into new markets and new applications, leveraging existing investments and streamlining product line updates.”

The i.MX 91 applications processor features an Arm Cortex-A55 running at up to 1.4 GHz; support for modern LPDDR4 memory to enable platform longevity and reliability; dual Gigabit Ethernet for gateway or multi-network segment support; dual USB ports; and the essential I/O for products in smart factory, smart home, smart office, medical device, metering, and cost-optimized system-on-module platforms.

An integrated EdgeLock secure enclave provides advanced security features, such as lifecycle management, tamper detection, secure boot, and a simplified path to certifications. These security capabilities are easily accessed by the developers through NXP-provided security software enablement.

The i.MX 91 family is available with NXP’s co-developed and cost-optimised power management solution, available as part of the i.MX 93 family ecosystem.

The evaluation kits and software packages for the i.MX 91 family integrate with NXP’s broad, scalable portfolio of wireless solutions. This includes the IW612, the industry’s first monolithic tri-radio family that supports Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and 802.15.4.

The IW612, focused on Matter, frees consumers from the restrictions of single-protocol ecosystems, allowing them to enjoy seamless interoperability across different ecosystems and wireless network technologies.

NXP’s i.MX applications processors are now available worldwide through distributors and eTailers.