It’s been almost three years since chip maker Freescale announced plans to launch its first 64-bit processors. A lot has changed in that time: among other things, Freescale is now owned by NXP. But work on those new chips has been continuing, and now it looks like the first NXP i.MX 8 processors are just about ready to go.

NXP has introduced a new “multisensory enablement kit,” or MEK to help developers create products based around the company’s new processors.

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While Freescale chips have never been popular with smartphone or tablet makers, they are used in a number of other devices, such as eReaders, automotive products, and other connected devices.

NXP is positioning the i.MX 8 chip family as a solution for connected vehicles and industrial or medical products. So don’t expect it to show up in a lot of consumer devices anytime soon.

That said, the i.MX 8 chips should offer a big jump in performance from the company’x i.MX 6 and i.MX 7 series processors. Here are a few of the features of the new chips:

  • ARM Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 architecture based on ARMv8, 64-bit technology
  • Support for 4K video with Vivante graphics
  • 28nm design

via CNX Software and NXP

 

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