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Computex 2011 | TI announces 1.8GHz OMAP4470 CPU for tablets

New dual-core CPU coming Q1 2012, will officially support Windows 8

CPUTexas Instruments (TI) has announced a new tablet CPU in its ARM-based OMAP 4 series of processors. Called the OMAP 4470, this dual-core CPU can run as fast as 1.8GHz and will integrate a PowerVR SGX544 GPU with support for DirectX and OpenGL ES 2.0.

As the successor to the OMAP 4430 and 4460, the 4470 is expected to be 80 percent faster in web browsing and 2.5 times faster than the 4430. It will also be able to output video to multiple screens over HDMI with stereoscopic 3D. A dedicated 2D graphics core will be included for smoother UI functionalities.

Combining the OMAP 4 platform’s low-power, high-performance architecture with the extensive acceleration capabilities and API support of Imagination’s POWERVR SGX544 will enable experiences that will really make people sit up and take notice,” said TI.

The OMAP 5 series of CPUs was announced earlier this year and should bring a 50 percent boost in performance over the Cortex-A9 core that the OMAP 4470 is based off of.

Texas Instruments has confirmed OMAP support for Windows 8, but it would be unsurprising if the CPU made it to Android tablets as well. TI chips are already powering the RIM PlayBook and numerous smartphones, so the 4470 could make appearances in other mobile devices. According to the press release, the OMAP 4470 will start shipping to manufacturers by Q2 2011 and products based on the processor should hit the market by Q1 2012.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-06- 2 (Update: 2012-05-26)