Freescale Targets IoT With New Processors, Microcontrollers
The i.MX 6Dual SCM will be available in August, with more SCM products being planned for release over the next two years. Freescale also is offering a wireless and multiprotocol MCU in its Kinetis lineup for the IoT. The Kinetis KW40Z wireless MCU family, which includes an integrated 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio, supports Bluetooth Smart, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and IEEE 802.15.4 applications. The MCUs' 802.15.4 layer is the foundation for both ZigBee 3.0 and upcoming Thread mesh networking protocol, officials said. In particular, the energy-efficient BLE and 802.15.4 protocols are important in the IoT and wearables markets for both low-power connectivity for such devices as smartwatches and beacons that communicate with a user's smartphone and for mesh networking for home automation applications, they said. Freescale is demonstrating the new KW40Z MCUs at the show in Austin, Texas. Alpha samples are available now, with a beta program launching in August. General availability is expected in October.The savings and security are important in such use cases as point-of-sale systems, smart energy gateways, controls for home and building automation, wearable devices and portable health care systems. "Broad market MCUs are the critical enablers of innovative new end-node applications, and for the IoT to evolve, these MCUs must enable highly securable product designs," Steve Tateosian, director of microcontroller platforms for Freescale's Microcontroller group, said in a statement. Freescale currently is sampling the Kinetis K8x and offering development boards to select customers, with full production scheduled for the fourth quarter.
On June 23, the company rolled out the Kinetis K8x multi-application MCU, which includes high-level integrated security on an ARM's low-power Cortex-M platform. In the past, organizations building a secure embedded application needed multiple components—a main processor, a security co-processor and, at times, another component to protect against physical tampering, Freescale officials said. The Kinetis K8x performs all three functions in a single MCU, which saves customers money, space and power, they said.