Texas Instruments is in heated competition with Nvidia and their Tegra line of mobile chips. TI is most notably the chip inside of Motorola’s Droid lineup up until the recent announcements, the Atrix and Droid Bionic. TI has just announced their future super high-end chip the OMAP 5, and it looks like a beast of processor. We have not yet seen any OMAP 4 devices yet, though they ar e inside the upcoming Blackberry Playbook tablet, with dual core and both chips running at 1 Ghz.
The TI OMAP 5 will use two ARM Cortex A15 MPCores whcih can achieve as high as 2 GHz per core. TI is trying to one up the competition as Nvidia did with their Tegra 2 and be the first to market with a quad-core mobile chip. They are taking an aggressive approach with the first two cores operating at 2 Ghz each and the additional two cores will be Cortex M4 ultra-low power consumption processors and be used for standby and low-power computing. This will allow for exceptionally high battery life compared to other multi-core designs.
“The next decade will bring a revolution in mobile computing, as devices continue to converge, attempting to become one single device that meets all of our computing, entertainment, and complex day-to-day needs and interests. However, the bridge to true mobile computing enablement was missing until today. The OMAP 5 platform will be at the heart of driving the mobile computing revolution by delivering the highest computing, graphics and multimedia performance possible within the low power budget required by mobile form factors,”
The chip will support up to four cameras for 3D recording, real-time 2D to 3D conversion, 1080p HD video playback, and the ability to utilize 8Gb of memory. We are hoping to see the OMAP 4 announced in additional products, and expect samples of the OMAP 5 to get to manufacturers this Fall.