20 October 2010

Freescale SABRE rattles the house at Convergence

Remember the Total5200 and Media5200 - two fully-loaded development platforms for doing auto development that Freescale provided several years ago? We haven't seen anything quite like this in a long time. Freescale fixed that problem yesterday with their i.MX53 automotive reference board at the show, called the Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering (SABRE). They're demoing it in their private suite. The SABRE is running with a hot-off-the-press port of the QNX CAR Application Platform infotainment reference.

The powerful SABRE will strike fear into the hearts of automotive competitors with the new Freescale i.MX53 main board and support for the QNX Neutrino RTOS.

If you're looking for power, this platform has it, with a dual core 800MHz Cortex A8. The QNX Neutrino RTOS supports both cores with SMP to maximize application throughput. The board is loaded with a host of interfaces and connectors ideal for advanced automotive infotainment and telematics development: WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, cellular modem, MOST and CAN, tons of audio jacks, terrestrial and satellite tuners, cameras, and displays. Graphics acceleration for OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenVG round out the offering.

It's been a while since a development board for automotive has had this much power and capability.With QNX supporting this platform at yesterday's unveiling and with the i.MX53 being such a popular chip in automotive, I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of it.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun.

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