Altia Announces Graphical User Interface Development Support for Freescale’s New i.MX 6 Series Processors

DeepScreen Code Generator to Support a New Family of Products from Freescale Semiconductor

Early this year, Altia, Incorporated announced support of Freescale® Semiconductor’s new Vybrid™ controller solution devices. The winning combination of Freescale’s powerful silicon for multi-screen graphics and Altia’s Design and DeepScreen user interface engineering tools enable Vybrid controller solution customers to quickly and successfully implement and market products with sophisticated graphical user interfaces (GUIs).

Today, Altia announces development of a new product to support a new family of products from Freescale Semiconductor – the i.MX 6 series processors.

Freescale’s i.MX 6 series portfolio addresses a wide range of market needs for both automotive and smart devices. In automotive applications, the i.MX 6 series is able to meet scalable demands of connectivity, real time data delivery, digital instrumentation, audio and multi-stream video. The i.MX 6 series enables smart device developers to deliver a seamless natural user interface (NUI) experience that is rich in sound, touch, video and graphics, plus save time and costs by leveraging one design across a portfolio of devices. Altia’s suite of user interface development tools will give both groups the capability to create cool and custom user experiences for their products that are optimized to take full advantage of the features of their i.MX 6 series processor.

“Freescale is excited to continue our fruitful partnership with Altia. From lower-end parts like Qorrivva microcontrollers all the way up to Vybrid controller solutions and i.MX, we’ve had a long history together. Now, with the plan for DeepScreen support of the i.MX 6 series, we broaden that offering in an important way. The i.MX 6 series is a scalable playground that will naturally draw many UI developers — and the Altia DeepScreen target for the series will help engineers and artists get their vision down onto the hardware,” says Ken Obuszewski, Director of Marketing for Freescale’s i.MX products.

Jason Williamson, Altia’s Director of Marketing, adds, “Altia’s generated graphics code running on Freescale hardware is a proven production pairing. Together, Altia and Freescale technologies are driving some of the most exciting GUIs on the market. We are excited about the opportunity to serve automotive and smart device customers with the new Freescale i.MX 6 series of processors.”

Altia has a long-standing heritage in graphical user interface development, helping customers in the automotive, home appliance, home automation, medical, consumer electronics and defense industries get state-of-the-art GUIs into production. Altia’s DeepScreen code generator supports a variety of Freescale hardware targets – including its Vybrid devices, i.MX 6 series, i.MX5 series, Qorivva MPC5645S  and MPC5606S MCUs.

About Altia

Altia, Inc. is a software company that provides user interface design and development tools that can be used from concept to final product code. The company was founded in 1991. Its customers include United Technologies, Ford, Chrysler, NordicTrack, Guidant, Star Trac, Hollister, Lockheed Martin and hundreds of other leading manufacturers. For more information about Altia’s products and services, visit or contact Altia’s corporate headquarters at +1 719-598-4299.

“UX Lesson from Hollywood” Coming to Detroit!

Perhaps you have already enjoyed Steve Tengler’s articles about User Experience lessons as told by Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks. Can’t wait for more?

Never fear! There are ten more UX lessons from Hollywood coming soon!

You can look forward to reading these lessons on – or, if you’re in the Detroit area, you can hear them delivered by Steve Tengler himself at Refresh Detroit – a joint event with the Michigan Usability Professionals’ Association.

Event details are as follows.

  • Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: The Qube (635 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI)
  • Click here to register.

From the event website…

As previously said best by Steve Jobs, “The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better designs we will have.” And the better the design, the more your company will thrive. But how can we clarify to our non-User Experience coworkers some basics of User Experience? The easiest and obvious point of reference is pop culture; something to which we all can relate.

Steve Tengler, Director of User Experience at Altia Inc, will provide a fistful of UX lessons with a Hollywood foundation for the collective digestion of your coworkers. Practitioners and novices alike will enjoy this fun-filled-yet-educational evening of cinematic analogies.

We hope to see you there!


Tom Hanks Teaches UX Lessons? Indeed.

In his new article on, Steve Tengler shares still another batch of user experience lessons from Hollywood. First he called out usability gems via the works of Tom Cruise. Then he connected fundamental Human Factors Engineering principals to the colorful characters played by Johnny Depp.

Today, Steve invites Oscar-winning actor, Tom Hanks, to User Experience 101 with his article, “Five User Experience Lessons from Tom Hanks“.

Here’s a preview…

  1. Lesson #1 from The Green Mile:  Task Completion Doesn’t Automatically Equate Success
  2. Lesson #2 from Cast Away:  Fictional Personas Can Bring Sanity to a Project
  3. Lesson #3 from Bosom Buddies:  Re-skinning Can Allow Financially-Adventageous Reuse
  4. Lesson #4 from The Da Vinci Code:  Complicated Interfaces Have Purposes, Too
  5. Lesson #5 from Forrest Gump:  Exceeding User Goals Makes You Memorable

Ready to read more? Read the full article here – and enjoy!