Back in January around CES time, we uncovered some details on the Freescale i.MX6 platform that was then said to support up to four ARM Cortex A9 processing cores. The platform was aimed at tablets and smartphones when we first saw it. Freescale said at the time that the platform was up to five times faster than the current generation chips inside devices. The platform promised some nice features that had us intrigued like 1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode and support for 3D playback as well.
The platform also supports 3D stereoscopic recording and has separate 2D and vertex acceleration engines that won't slow the system down. The platform also has an optional e-paper display controller making it fit for dedicated reader applications as well. When the platform surfaced, it was pegged for sampling in late 2011. It looks like the platform is on track to start sampling this year.
The reference platform using a quad-core APU has turned up on video from FTF 2011. The board in the video is the first of the i.MX6 reference designs and the demonstration is pretty impressive. The platform is the industry's first quad-core ARM Cortex A9 SoC combined with a 64-bit memory bus. Check on the videos below to see the platform in action.