Charlie Osborne reports in ZDNet's Between the Lines
"Freescale launches 'smallest ever' dime-sized IoT processor. The Internet of Things-based 'computer on a chip' measures up as the size of a US dime. Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled an Internet of Things (IoT)-based single-chip module which is touted as the smallest developed to date.
Unveiled on Tuesday, the Austin, Texas-based firm said the i.MX 6Dual single chip module (SCM) has been designed to cater for the Internet of Things (IoT) industry and devices. As the fledgling industry evolves, connected devices require ever more processing power packed into even smaller spaces -- creating a fresh revenue stream for companies investing in the trend.
The new range of SCM products can integrate "hundreds" of components including processors, memory, power management and RF parts, acting as a "computer on a chip" which would otherwise require a six-inch board.
Revealed at the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in Texas on Tuesday, the i.MX 6Dual SCM measures in at 17mm X 14mm X 1.7mm, the size of a US dime."
This is an exciting development for IoT hardware and software designers who need to address application challenges that require ultra small and affordable tracking and monitoring devices.