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
Maximizes energy efficiency in edge devices with innovative Energy Flex
EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, March 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NXP
Semiconductors (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
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
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
NXP i.MX 9 Applications Processors. NXP’s Next-Generation i.MX 9
Applications Processors Redefine Security and Productivity at the Edge.
NXP's EdgeLock secure enclave. NXP’s Innovative EdgeLock™ Secure
Enclave Simplifies the Complexity of Securing Billions of IoT Devices.
NXP i.MX 8ULP. 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.
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 NXP Semiconductors.
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