TI Announces New OMAP 5 Processors that Could Supercharge Tablets

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TI OMAP 5432Texas Instruments (TI) has announced a powerful new platform that they claim will make mobile computing devices (i.e. smartphones and tablets) as capable as PCs. TI’s OMAP 5 processors will not be publicly available for at least a year and a half, but it already has some pretty high standards to meet.

The larger chip, and the one that will most likely be found in tablets, is the OMAP5432. It will feature a total of four processors; two ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processors capable of speeds up to 2 GHz each, and two ARM Cortex-M4 processors. The M4s will be used to handle background applications, allowing the A15 processors to be that much faster.

The OMAP5432 will be able to support three cameras and up to four displays simultaneously, and capture video with 20 megapixel recording (or 12 megapixels for 3D recording). This would allow 3D video conferencing, or open up the possibility of 3-D gaming on tablets.

The OMAP5432 has a lengthy list of features, and if you’re interested in this new technology, check out the full list that TI has posted. 

Both the OMAP5432, as well as the smartphone variant 5430, will begin sampling during the second half of 2011, with devices using the chips available during the second half of 2012.

For more information on the OMAP5430 smartphone processor, and what these chips could mean for mobile computing, check out the write-up at our sister site, Brighthand.

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