Freescale Semiconductor today introduced the i.MX 6 series of quad-, dual- and single-core applications processors designed to deliver outstanding performance and scalability to manufacturers targeting the hottest-selling smart mobile, automotive infotainment and embedded device categories. The FreeScale i.MX 6 series integrates one, two or four ARM Cortex-A9 cores running at up to 1.2GHz each in order to deliver up to 5x the performance of Freescale’s current generation of applications processors. This performance provides additional headroom for unbounded user experiences in next-generation tablets, smartbooks, smartphones and e-book readers. The i.MX 6 series can deliver up to 24 hours of HD video playback and 30-plus days of device standby time. Integrated power management capabilities reduce the need for external PMICs and help to ensure only those components required for a task are powered. Freescale plans to begin sampling i.MX 6 series devices later this year.