Texas Instruments (TI) has announced a powerful new family of processors that it claims will make smartphones and tablets as capable as PCs. TI’s OMAP 5 chips will not be publicly available for a year-and-a-half, but they already have some fairly high standards to meet.
The OMAP5430 will be the smartphone-optimized chip, and it will include a multitude of highlights and improvements, ranging from a multi-core imaging and vision processing unit that allows for 12-megapixel 3D viewing while lowering the power requirement, to the multi-core architecture, including two ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processors and two ARM Cortex-M4 processors. This will provide 2-3x higher performance versus the previous generation.
TI provides some practical examples of how the new technology in this chip will affect the mobile computing experience:
Imagine using the same device to conduct a stereoscopic 3D (S3D) video conference for work. Imagine being in a meeting and projecting a document from this device, which you can edit by simply touching the projected image on a surface. Imagine going home and switching the device to your personal operating system to drive a next-generation game on your HDTV using wireless display technology. These capabilities are only highlights of what the TI OMAP 5 platform uniquely delivers.
For a feeling of the full scope of abilities and new technology within this chip, check out TI’s spec list for the OMAP5430.
Motorola frequently uses TI chips in its Android OS-based smartphones, and Samsung is using them in some upcoming models.
In addition, TI is also working on the OMAP5432, which is geared toward larger devices such as tablets. This could include the devices running Microsoft Windows 8.
TI is calling these two processors the first “devices in the family,” with components that manage wireless connectivity, power management, battery management and audio management functions to follow. Full details are not yet available.
TI will start sampling the OMAP 5 processors during the second half of this year, with plans to have devices on the market during the second half of 2012.