NXP’s i.MX 95 family of applications processors deliver improved AI-enabled Edge Platforms

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NXP Semiconductors has announced the i.MX 95 family, the newest addition to its i.MX 9 series of applications processors.

The i.MX 95 family combines high-performance compute, immersive Arm Mali-powered 3D graphics, a new NXP accelerator for machine learning, and high-speed data processing. Together, this technology will enable advanced applications in automotive, industrial, networking, connectivity, and advanced human machine interface (HMI).

Additionally, these devices deliver high performance safety and security features, developed in compliance with automotive ASIL-B and industrial SIL-2 functional safety standards and includes an integrated EdgeLock secure enclave.

A critical requirement for the next wave of edge applications is advanced processing and machine learning capabilities, combined with high-speed connectivity, so as to be able to better analyse the environment and make intelligent decisions locally.

The i.MX 95 family is the first i.MX applications processor family to integrate NXP’s eIQ Neutron neural processing unit (NPU) and a new image signal processor (ISP) developed by NXP to help developers to build these powerful, next-generation edge platforms.

“The i.MX 95 family brings unparalleled features and performance to markets like automotive and industrial where security and safety are key. The i.MX 95 brings together NXP eIQ Neutron NPU, Arm Mali graphics, integrated heterogeneous safety domain, and networking capabilities to create a truly unique solution,” said Rafael Sotomayor, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Secure Connected Edge at NXP. “Combining our deep expertise in functional safety with AI acceleration, high performance CPU cores, and high-throughput connectivity, NXP is creating the standard for a new generation of safe and secure edge platforms.”

The device family has been designed to enable machine vision through its integrated eIQ Neutron NPU as part of a vision processing pipeline for use with multiple camera sensors or network-attached smart cameras.

The i.MX 95 SoC integrates an NXP ISP supporting a wide array of imaging sensors to enable vision-capable industrial, robotics, medical and automotive applications, all backed by comprehensive NXP developer support.

Other capabilities include a multi-core application domain with up to six Arm Cortex-A55 cores, as well as an independent safety domain consisting of high-performance Arm Cortex-M7 and Arm Cortex-M33 CPUs, combining low-power, real-time, and high-performance processing.

The i.MX 95 family is designed to enable ISO 26262 ASIL-B and SIL-2 IEC 61508 compliant platforms, with the functional safety domain serving as a critical capability for many automotive and industrial applications.

The next generation of edge platforms for Industry 4.0, automotive connectivity domain controllers, and IoT smart home gateways will benefit from the integrated 10-gigabit Ethernet plus two 1-gigabit Ethernet ports, with TSN capabilities.

Adding wireless connectivity such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, satellite radio, or 5G, is simple thanks to two independent PCIe ports, USB 3 port and integrated BSP-level drivers for NXP’s wide array of wireless connectivity solutions.

The i.MX 95 family integrates a secure enclave to simplify implementation of security critical functions like secure boot, cryptography, trust provisioning, and run-time attestation. Combined with NXP’s EdgeLock 2 GO key management services, manufacturers can securely provision i.MX 95 SoC-based products for secure remote management of devices deployed in the field, including secure over-the-air updates (OTA).