Freescale Launches i.MX27 Multimedia Development Platform

A product development kit (PDK) is available now from Freescale to help developers of mobile consumer and industrial applications shorten development cycles. Based on the i.MX27 applications processor, the comprehensive offering includes a board support package (BSP) and robust, product-ready software that enables engineers to quickly create multimedia devices.

The i.MX27 PDK’s integrated modular design is engineered to allow a more efficient development process – a critical benefit for accelerating hardware and software integration. The PDK simplifies development with three separate, reusable modules that work together for streamlined software creation. The i.MX27 PDK features:

  • CPU module: a single board computer containing the i.MX27 processor based on the powerful ARM-9[tm] core, memories, and Freescale’s MC13783 power management IC
  • Personality module: a peripherals board that manages advanced end-product functionality such as touchscreen capabilities, Ethernet and USB
  • Debug module: a common interface board for all existing and future PDKs. The module contains the functions necessary for software and applications development, including serial, Ethernet, and JTAG interface.

The i.MX27 PDK includes an optimized Windows Embedded CE 6.0 or Linux BSP, a multimedia framework and demo applications, all backed by Freescale’s renowned engineering technical support team. Multimedia codecs are provided as fully-functional, product-ready software packages to support various use cases, such as audio/video playback, audio/video record or image capture/display.

About Freescale’s i.MX27 multimedia applications processor
The Freescale i.MX27 multimedia applications processor is designed for a broad range of applications such as video- and voice-over- IP (V2IP) cordless and mobile phones, intelligent remote controls, point-of-sale terminals and many other wireless applications. Based on ARM® core technology, the i.MX27 is engineered with Freescale’s Smart Speed[tm] technology to deliver powerful performance while minimizing power consumption. The entire i.MX family supports a broad range of platforms such as those based on the Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems, as well as a number of leading real time operating systems. All i.MX processor package options are RoHS compliant.

Pricing and availability
The i.MX27 PDK is available now. The recommended resale price is $1,500 USD and includes the 3-stack hardware solution, tested and verified BSPs for the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and Linux 2.6.24 operating systems, enhanced software such as multimedia frameworks, demonstrations of optimized codecs, and technical support directly from Freescale and Freescale’s authorized distributors.

For more information including documentation, tools support and orderable part numbers, please see the product pages at

About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with 2007 sales of $5.7 billion (USD).

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