NXP Semiconductors Unveils its New i.MX 95 Flagship Platform

The News: NXP Semiconductors announced its latest flagship application processor family, dubbed i.MX 95, which provides a powerful and scalable compute platform for a wide range of smart, secure, and connected intelligent applications and devices in the edge computing market. The new i.MX 95 application processors offer new choices for edge product designers for automotive eCockpit and connectivity uses, industrial 4.0 automation, controls and human-machine interfaces, smart homes and offices, medical devices, and more. The NXP i.MX 95 applications processor family was introduced at CES 2023 in Las Vegas. Read the full blog post about the new i.MX 95 applications processor family on the NXP Smarter World Blog.

NXP Semiconductors Unveils its New i.MX 95 Flagship Platform

Analyst Take: NXP Semiconductors is in the right place at the right time with its latest i.MX 95 application processor family as the edge computing market continues to boom with new and enhanced uses across the automotive, industrial and IoT segments to enterprises, medical care, consumers, and beyond. There cannot be enough fresh innovations today for edge application processors, chip platforms and expertise to equip the latest devices with the best processing technology and services.

That’s why NXP’s move to deliver the i.MX 95 application processor family is so smart today. As the latest in its growing i.MX 9 collection of platforms, the newest i.MX 95 hardware is the first to integrate NXP’s eIQ Neutron neural processing unit (NPU) and a new image signal processor (ISP). Both of these advances were developed by NXP to inspire and allow application developers to create even more powerful, next-generation edge platforms in a wide field of industries. The latest i.MX 95 family also includes multi-core high performance compute and immersive 3D graphics capabilities to push through demanding workloads and deliver the performance required by users.

This new power and broadened capabilities in the NXP i.MX 95 application processor family is huge because more demanding uses for edge technology are found each day in research labs and in the real world. If the available hardware does not keep up or stay ahead of the design creativity of edge product designers and the feature desires of businesses and consumers, then the growth of this booming market will be threatened.

To NXP’s credit, these new NPU and ISP innovations are significant and will help unleash more power, security, and flexibility for edge devices of all kinds.

I am excited by the breadth and promise of these new NXP application processor advancements and I believe that these innovations will push the competition to up their efforts to compete in this critical and growing space.

Technical Details of the NXP i.MX 95 Family

NXP Semiconductor’s latest i.MX 95 family boasts some heavy-duty technical chops. Combining multi-core high performance compute (each with up to six Arm Cortex-A55 cores), they also integrate powerful Arm Mali-powered 3D graphics capabilities. Another big addition are NXP’s new eIQ Neutron NPUs, as well as high-throughput time-sensitive networking (TSN) capabilities and advanced I/O expansion for automotive connectivity domain controllers and Industry 4.0 applications.

Together, these are must-have specifications for the latest edge computing demands, and they bring broad flexibility for product designers and developers to make their product goals possible.

Most importantly, these capabilities enable new NXP application processors to deliver on the complex needs of machine learning and advanced edge applications in the demanding automotive, industrial and IoT markets. Powerful and must-have machine vision capabilities are also included in the latest i.MX 95 application processors to directly serve complex requirements for industrial automation, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving and safety systems. That is a huge plus and a major advantage for these latest application processors.

NXP i.MX 95 Overview

NXP Semiconductors’ latest i.MX 95 application processor family is a notable advancement in the field of edge devices and edge computing, bringing immense new design and performance capabilities for use in a wide range of devices.

I am impressed with NXP’s vision and continuing innovations in these markets as it continues to drive next-generation thinking in its products and services for its customers.

NXP Semiconductors is a company headed in the right direction in a broad range of fields and its success and progress will be interesting to follow throughout 2023 and beyond.

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Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of Futurum Research as a whole.

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Todd joined The Futurum Group as an Analyst after over 20 years as a technology journalist covering such topic areas as artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning (DL), machine learning (ML), open source and Linux, high-performance computing, supercomputers, cloud computing, virtualization, containers and microservices, IT security and more.

Prior to his work with The Futurum Group, Todd previously served as managing editor of EnterpriseAI.news from 2020 through 2022 where he worked to drive coverage of AI use and innovation in the enterprise. He also served in the past as a staff writer for Computerworld and eWEEK and freelanced for a wide range of tech websites, including TechRepublic, Channel Futures and Channel Partners, Computerworld, PC World, Data Center Knowledge, IT Pro Today, Linux.com and The Linux Foundation.

Todd holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A Philadelphia native, he lives in Lancaster County, Pa., and spends his spare time tinkering with his vintage Mazda Miata convertible and collecting toy taxis from around the world.


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