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The NXP Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering (SABRE) series of market-focused reference designs delivers the SABRE platform for eReaders based on the i.MX508 processor.

  • The i.MX508 is the first SoC designed specifically for eReaders with a high-performance Arm Cortex-A8 CPU and integrated display controller certified by E Ink for Electronic Paper Display (EPD) panels
  • The SABRE platform provides a reference design for EPD display, touch control, audio playback as well as the ability to add WLAN, 3G modem or Bluetooth
  • The platform was designed to facilitate software development with faster time to market through support of both Linux and Android operating systems

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CPU Complex

  • Up to 800 MHz Arm Cortex-A8
  • 32 KB instruction and data caches
  • Unified 256 KB L2 cache
  • NEON SIMD media accelerator
  • Vector floating point coprocessor


  • OpenVG 1.1 hardware accelerator
  • 32-bit primary display support up to SXGA+ resolution
  • 16-bit secondary display support
  • EPD Controller supporting beyond 2048 × 1536 at 106 Hz refresh (or 4096 × 4096 at 20 Hz)
  • Pixel Processing Pipeline (PxP) supporting CSC, Combine, Rotate, Gamma Mapping


  • 6”Electronic Paper Display Panel daughter card powered by E-Ink

External Memory Interface

  • Up to 2 GB LP-DDR2, DDR2 and LP-DDR1(mDDR), 16/32-bit
  • SLC/MLC NAND flash, 8/16-bit with 32-bit ECC

Advanced Power Management

  • Multiple independent power domains
  • State Retention Power Gating (SRPG)
  • Dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS)


  • High-Speed USB 2.0 OTG with PHY
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 Host with PHY


  • Wide array of serial interfaces, including SDIO, SPI, I2C and UART
  • I2S audio interface
  • 10/100 Ethernet controller


SABRE platform for eReaders based on i.MX50