Electronics & Computers

Freescale Debuts Xtrinsic Sensing Framework

June 5, 2013

The open software sensor platform enables context awareness and data fusion for the Internet of Things, speeding development and boosting differentiation for sensor applications.


TAIPEI, Taiwan /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- To speed and simplify the development of embedded systems that incorporate multiple sensing technologies, Freescale Semiconductor is now offering the Xtrinsic intelligent sensing framework (ISF). The framework provides software infrastructure and programming interfaces that enable Xtrinsic sensors like the FXLC95000CL platform or Freescale's Kinetis microcontrollers to serve as sensor hubs, eliminating time-intensive sensor integration tasks and allowing developers to focus on differentiating their specific applications.

The proliferation of the Internet of Things is rapidly introducing embedded intelligence and sophisticated sensing technologies into a broad array of industrial systems, medical equipment, consumer devices, and other products. While the incorporation of more sensors into product designs enables compelling functionality and promising new applications, it also presents substantial challenges. Embedded developers face increased complexity related to capturing, interpreting, and efficiently leveraging disparate information—often collected from multiple sensors—and then appropriately applying this data to different domains and use cases.

"We have entered an age where sensor fusion remains important, but is no longer enough. Developers need an open platform that enables data fusion and facilitates the creation of differentiated, context-aware devices that drive the Internet of Things," said Babak Taheri, Vice President and General Manager of Freescale's Sensor and Actuator Solutions Division. "Freescale is giving designers the building blocks to collect and transform sensor data by adding their own specialty IP. This in turn removes the backend work associated with sensor fusion and frees designers to innovate and create contextual awareness in next-generation connected devices."

According to a recent report from analyst firm IHS, the market for MEMS sensors is expected to grow 13% in 2013 and continue to grow by double digits until 2016, when it will reach $2.21 billion. Pressure sensors, gyroscopes, and combination sensors incorporated in intelligent devices are expected to help drive this growth. Software for aggregating and fusing data from the growing number and variety of sensors is increasingly important to support new and advanced applications.

Freescale's Xtrinsic ISF is an open framework that provides a run-time environment for executing custom embedded applications. The Xtrinsic ISF exposes a unified interface for obtaining data from multiple sensor types. ISF sensor adapters handle all of the sensor communication details, making it easy to add new sensors to a system without worrying about the details of sensor communications. Together with its power management, bus management, command interpreter, and host proxy functions, the Xtrinsic ISF reduces integration effort and shortens design time. The Xtrinsic ISF also enables new sensor adapters to be written and integrated to handle additional sensor types for customized solutions.

Freescale's Xtrinsic ISF is compatible with the Xtrinsic FXLC95000CL platform, which integrates an embedded 3-axis accelerometer and an embedded ColdFire 32-bit microcontroller running the small-footprint MQX 3.7 operating system. The Xtrinsic ISF also includes a sensor manager and a complete hardware abstraction of the underlying MCU. The framework can be used for multiple applications requiring one or more sensing technologies, including augmented reality, gaming, medical and eHealth, toys and sports equipment, tamper detection, remote control, and more.

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Availability
The Xtrinsic intelligent sensing framework for the FXLC95000CL platform is available via a click-through software license on the company's Web site.

A Proven Leader in Sensing Solutions
Expanding on its more than 30-year heritage of sensor innovation, Freescale's Xtrinsic sensing solutions are designed with the right combination of high-performance sensing capability, processing capacity, and customizable software to help deliver smart, differentiated sensing applications. With Xtrinsic sensing solutions, Freescale's vision is to offer a diverse and differentiated product portfolio to meet the expanding needs of the automotive, consumer, and industrial segments. Xtrinsic solutions offer distinct blends of functionality and intelligence, designed to help customers differentiate and win in highly competitive markets.

About Freescale
Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry-leading products advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial, and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits, and connectivity—our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier, and more connected. Some of our key applications and end markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next-generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances, and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, TX, and has design, research and development, manufacturing, and sales operations around the world.

Freescale, the Freescale logo, and ColdFire are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor Inc. Xtrinsic is a trademark of Freescale Semiconductor Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.


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