‘Smallest SoC for IoT’ Adds Memory
AUSTIN, Texas — A new category of chip has dawned upon the semiconductor industry according to Freescale. One step beyond the familiar system-on-chip (SoC), this new category dubbed Single Chip System Module (SCM) includes everything an SoC contains, plus gigaBytes of DRAM stackedMultiple capacitor elements stacked in multi-unit arrangement to provide bulk capacitance and lower ESR.Multiple capacitor elements stackedMultiple capacitor elements stacked in multi-unit arrangement to provide bulk capacitance and lower ESR. in multi-unit arrangement to provide bulk capacitance and lower ESR. on top along with a power management chip and flash memory chip alongside its dual ARM Cortex-A9 application processors.
As a result, Freescale claims a 50% reduction in board space and a 25% faster-to-market metric, plus the ability to do predictive data analytics with its first model of the new family of SCMs, the i.MX 6D.
“Right now the first model is for plugged-in Internet of Things [IoT] and graphics hubs, but the whole family will be expanded into portables, wearables, autonomous sensing nodes, and automotive applications soon,” said Nancy Fares, vice president of system solution products speaking in advance of the Freescale Technology Form 2015 (FTF, held here June 22-25). “In fact, in our booth at FTF we will be showing samples of the next generation chip for portable applications alongside the i.MX 6D.”