Freescale extends Android platform support for i.MX applications processors

Freescale extends Android platform support for i.MX applications processors

New i.MX51 evaluation kit for the Android™ OS and recent membership in the Open Handset Alliance™ underscore Freescale’s commitment to the Android platform

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 15, 2010 – A month after joining the Open Handset Alliance, Freescale has introduced a new evaluation kit that speeds and simplifies the development of compelling applications based on the Android platform and Freescale’s i.MX51 processor.

Android enables innovative end user experiences. The i.MX51 applications processor, based on the powerful ARM CortexTM-A8 core, works together with the Android OS to deliver an ideal solution for the development of high performance, low power and cost effective mobile devices, such as smartphones.

A new Freescale i.MX51 evaluation kit (EVK) incorporating the Android OS is designed to help customers drive innovation and create differentiated products. Based on the latest Android kernel/release, the i.MX51 EVK runs the Android OS with highly accelerated multimedia codecs and graphics. In addition, the common code base across Freescale i.MX Board Support Packages (BSPs) greatly streamlines porting efforts to next generation i.MX processors. Included in the kit are binary images for the Android OS on i.MX51, patches for Freescale source, and documentation such as a reference manual, user’s guide and release notes.

Freescale is proud to be a member of the Open Handset Alliance™ - a group of mobile and technology leaders responsible for the creation and proliferation of the Android OS and an open mobile ecosystem. Freescale contributes kernel code and drivers via the Android Open Source Project.

Key Features of the i.MX51 EVK with Android BSP

Availability
Available now, the i.MX51 EVK ships with software BSPs on accompanying pre-flashed SD cards for an outstanding out of the box experience. In addition, Android OS BSP images for the i.MX51 processor can be downloaded from the Freescale website. The Android OS sources can be obtained from http://source.android.com. The Android OS is also supported on other select i.MX processors through Freescale’s vast ecosystem. For more information about Freescale´s family of applications processors, visit www.freescale.com/imx.

About the Freescale i.MX51 EVK
Based on powerful ARM Cortex™-A8 core technology, the i.MX51 EVK is a comprehensive hardware solution that delivers extreme performance and low power consumption, helping developers design products that meet today’s demands for energy efficiency. A range of connectivity options makes the i.MX51 EVK suitable for developing many different types of user applications. Advanced power management features used throughout the i.MX51 processor enable a rich suite of multimedia features and peripherals while maintaining minimal system power consumption in both active and low-power modes, which provides device end-users with long play times for hours of work or entertainment use.

Freescale Product Longevity Program
Freescale Semiconductor provides a product longevity program for the market segments it serves. Freescale will make a broad range of devices available for a minimum period of 10 or 15 years. http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/overview.jsp?nodeId=0570B0