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OMAP 5-powered devices could launch by end of 2012

by Steven Williamson on 12 January 2012, 17:58

Tags: Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN)

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During CES 2012, Texas Instruments (TI) has hinted that its next-generation OMAP 5 processor could appear in mobile devices by the end of 2012.

OMAP 4 application processors currently use dual-core ARM Cortex-A9s to power a range of smartphones and tablets, including Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Droid RAZR.

The fifth generation, OMAP 5 SoC (system-on-chip) uses “a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU with two additional Cortex-M4 cores to offload the A15s in less computationally intensive tasks to increase power efficiency,” as well as “two PowerVR SGX544MP graphics cores and a dedicated TI 2D BitBlt graphics accelerator, a multi-pipe display sub-system and a signal processor.

OMAP 5 will run at speeds up to 2GHz, with TI boasting a 50 percent performance improvement over A9. It will also be able to support up to 8 GB of dual channel DDR3 memory and a 20 megapixel camera for front and rear 3D HD video recording.

Before OMAP 5 arrives, however, TI has a busy year ahead with OMAP 4 set to power a wide range of devices, including the Ascend PS 1, dubbed the world’s slimmest smartphone.

Credit: Forbes

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