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NXP Unveils Advanced i.MX Applications Processors with Easy-to-Deploy Security, Energy Efficiency and Scalability for the Industrial and IoT Edge

Mon 1st March, 2021 12:00pm
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* Expands its popular i.MX applications processor continuum with ultra-low
power i.MX 8ULP, Microsoft Azure Sphere-certified i.MX 8ULP-CS and the next
generation of scalable, high-performance i.MX 9 applications processors

* Provides a giant leap in security for edge processors with integration of
EdgeLock™ secure enclave – a self-managed, autonomous on-die security
subsystem that simplifies deploying state-of-the-art security technologies
* Maximizes energy efficiency in edge devices with innovative Energy Flex
architecture
EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, March 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NXP
Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announces the expansion of
its EdgeVerse™ portfolio with its crossover applications processors,
including i.MX 8ULP and i.MX 8ULP-CS (cloud secured) Microsoft Azure
Sphere-certified families, as well as next-generation i.MX 9 series of high
performance intelligent applications processors. The expansion includes new
innovations with EdgeLock secure enclave to enhance edge security and
Energy Flex architecture to maximize energy efficiency. 

"The next evolution of the edge will be driven by distributed intelligence
across billions of devices, and that requires profound innovations in
processing, energy efficiency, and security,” said Ron Martino, senior vice
president and general manager, Edge Processing Business, NXP Semiconductors.
“Our announcements today, including Microsoft Azure Sphere, mark an industry
milestone in ultra-low power processing and trusted cloud-to-edge security.”

EdgeLock secure enclave – self-managed, autonomous on-die security subsystem
Building on its strong history of providing turnkey security solutions, NXP
introduces the EdgeLock™ secure enclave, a pre-configured security subsystem
that simplifies implementation of complex security technologies and helps
designers avoid costly errors. It enhances protection to the edge device by
autonomous management of critical security functions, such as root of trust,
run-time attestation, trust provisioning, secure boot, key management, and
cryptographic services, while also simplifying the path to industry-standard
security certifications. The EdgeLock secure enclave intelligently tracks
power transitions when end-user applications are running to help prevent new
attack surfaces from emerging.

The secure enclave will be a standard integrated feature across the i.MX 8ULP,
i.MX 8ULP-CS with Azure Sphere, and i.MX 9 applications processors, providing
developers with a wide range of compute scalability options to easily deploy
security on thousands of edge applications.

Security peace of mind with Azure Sphere 
Keeping an edge device secure long after initial deployment is a challenge
that requires nonstop trusted management services. NXP partnered with
Microsoft to bring this capability to its customers with Azure Sphere
chip-to-cloud security in the i.MX 8ULP-CS (cloud secured) applications
processor family. The i.MX 8ULP-CS with Azure Sphere incorporates Microsoft
Pluton enabled on EdgeLock secure enclave as the secured root of trust built
into the silicon itself, and as a key step toward enabling highly secured
devices for a vast range of IoT and industrial applications. In addition to
the secured hardware, Azure Sphere includes the secured Azure Sphere OS, the
cloud-based Azure Sphere Security Service, and ongoing OS updates and security
improvements for over ten years. Azure Sphere chip-to-cloud security will be
enabled on specific products within the i.MX 9 series, giving developers an
even broader set of processor options to implement managed device security
across more of their products.

“This collaboration is going to empower a whole new class of connected
devices supported by ongoing security improvements. The i.MX 8ULP-CS with
Microsoft Azure Sphere will provide security, productivity, and opportunity
for partners,” said Dr. Galen Hunt, Distinguished Engineer and Managing
Director, Microsoft Azure Sphere. “By combining the power and flexibility of
the NXP i.MX family of chips with intelligent, responsive Azure Sphere
security at scale, customers can transform products, services, and experiences
with confidence, knowing that Microsoft has their back.”

Energy Flex architecture for tailored application-specific power-performance
profiles 
Optimizing energy use at the chip level is becoming an increasingly crucial
part of designing energy-efficient edge systems. NXP’s implementation of
innovative Energy Flex architecture is designed to extend battery life and
reduce energy waste in portable or plugged-in devices.

In the i.MX 8ULP and i.MX 8ULP-CS families, the Energy Flex architecture
delivers as much as 75% improved energy efficiency than its predecessor by
uniquely combining heterogeneous domain processing, design techniques and 28nm
FD-SOI process technology. Embedded in these processors is a programmable
power management subsystem that can govern more than 20 different power mode
configurations to deliver exceptional energy efficiency – from full power to
as low as 30 microwatts. Using this range of flexible configurations, OEMs and
developers can customize application-specific power profiles to maximize
energy efficiency.

Advanced intelligent applications processors for multi-sensory data

Building on the market-proven i.MX 6 and i.MX 8 series of applications
processors, NXP’s i.MX 9 series debuts a new generation of scalable,
high-performance processors. Scalable i.MX 9 families bring together higher
performance applications cores, an independent MCU-like real-time domain,
Energy Flex architecture, state-of-the art security with EdgeLock secure
enclave, and dedicated multi-sensory data processing engines (graphics, image,
display, audio and voice). The i.MX 9 series integrates hardware neural
processing units across the entire series for acceleration of machine learning
applications. It also marks NXP’s first implementation of the Arm Ethos U-65
microNPU, which makes possible building low cost, energy-efficient edge
machine learning (ML). The first families in this series will be built in
16/12nm FinFET class of process technology with specific low power
optimization.

For more information on these products and technologies please visit NXP.com
or contact NXP Sales worldwide.

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) enables secure connections for a
smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better, and safer.
As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded
applications, NXP is driving innovation in the automotive, industrial & IoT,
mobile, and communication infrastructure markets. Built on more than 60 years
of combined experience and expertise, the company has approximately 29,000
employees in more than 30 countries and posted revenue of $8.61 billion in
2020. Find out more at www.nxp.com.

NXP, the NXP logo and EdgeLock are trademarks of NXP B.V. All other product
or service names are the property of their respective owners. All rights
reserved. © 2021 NXP B.V.

For more information, please contact:

 Americas & Europe            Greater China / Asia     
 Jason Deal                   Ming Yue                 
 Tel: +44 7715228414          Tel: +86 21 2205 2690    
 Email: jason.deal@nxp.com    Email: ming.yue@nxp.com  

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NXP i.MX 9 Applications Processors 
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NXP’s Next-Generation i.MX 9 Applications Processors Redefine Security and
Productivity at the EdgeNXP's EdgeLock secure enclave 
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NXP’s Innovative EdgeLock™ Secure Enclave Simplifies the Complexity of
Securing Billions of IoT DevicesNXP i.MX 8ULP 
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NXP Elevates Security and Energy Efficiency for the Edge with i.MX 8ULP and
the Microsoft® Azure Sphere-certified i.MX 8ULP-CS Applications Processor
Families


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