The size of a postage stamp, Mobile Extreme Convergence is designed to significantly reduce the materials and development effort required to deliver mid- and high-tier mobile devices. Designed to be inserted in an existing footprint, MXC allows developers to use a single platform to target multiple product designs currently delivered through as many as 300-400 components.
This single platform could equip virtually any product -- an MP3 player, a handheld DVD player, a digital camera -- to become a fully functional smart mobile cellular device.
MXC-enabled devices will use considerably less memory through a shared memory approach and optimized cache environment. This, coupled with the first combined single core modem (SCM) and high performance applications processor on a single 90nm IC, results in up to 70 percent performance gain and 50 percent lower power over current dual-core implementations.
MXC is the first wireless platform with L2 cache allowing faster processing speed, higher performance and reduced power consumption by minimizing the external memory bus accesses. With MXC, smart mobile devices will be able to run longer on standard batteries, increasing the utility and entertainment time for customers.
"Key to the innovation, Freescale cleanly separates the hardware needed to drive call processing technology and application processing in a miniature package," said Franz Fin of Freescale. "Not only does this integration lower the chipset cost for our customers by at least 30 percent, it also eliminates the need for a stand-alone applications processor."
This integration creates design space for a host of new connectivity modules and applications such as WLAN, GPS, ZigBee, Bluetooth, WiMAX or Ultra-Wideband mobile technologies. On-board security solutions help protect consumers and enable widespread access to anywhere, anytime downloads like video files and mobile commerce transactions.
The MXC275-30 platform, the first version of the MXC architecture, is a comprehensive, integrated single core modem GSM Edge solution featuring:
- ARM ARM1136JF-S MCU @ 532 MHz, StarCore SC140e DSP @ 208 MHz.
- Cutting edge modem features: EGPRS Class 12/GPRS Class 12 with simultaneous voice and data covering the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands.
- Advanced Multimedia and graphics support include up to CIF 30fps MPEG4/H.264 Video Streaming Image Capture.
- Enhanced security architecture is designed to prevent user identity theft, provide SIM-locks, program and data integrity and hardware features to support for digital rights management.
- Advanced Power Reduction Architecture.
- Transceiver with direct conversion RF receiver and polar modulated direct digital conversion transmitter including an analog front end solution and PA module.
- Advanced power management includes stereo DAC and Touch panel interface.
- Open OS, PSAPI (platform services API), Single Core Modem SW.
Freescale (now merged with NXP) designs and manufactures embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking, and wireless markets.