TI launches OMAP 5 quad-core platform

New architecture to contain 2 high-performance and 2 low-performance cores

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While customers are still waiting around for OMAP 4 powered devices (Blackberry Playbook), TI doesn’t seem to want to wait. Texas Instruments has announced their newest platform that should be available next year, claiming that the OMAP 5 will “transform the concept of 'mobile' ”.

According to the press release the OMAP 5 will provide  3x processing performance and five-fold 3D graphics improvement, yet provide a nearly 60 percent average power reduction compared to a sample user experience on the OMAP 4 platform.” The OMAP 5 will be powered mainly by two ARM Cortex-A15 processors clocked at 2 GHz each, and up to 8GB of memory access. As you may know, the Cortex-A15 is the most advanced ARM architecture till now and provides a 50% boost in performance over the Cortex-A9 Core.

The OMAP 5 platform will also include two Cortex-M4 cores to offload less intensive tasks from the main A-15 cores. According to TI this will “improve low-level control and responsiveness of mobile devices”.

The press release also claims that with the new TI architecture devices will be able to power up to 4 cameras simultaneously; allowing for 3D video conferencing in 1080p quality. The quad-core processor should also offer 3D video playback, recording, real-time conversion of 2D content to S3D, and TI claims the OMAP 5 will support up to three QSXGA (2560×2048) displays at the same time.

While all these claims sound outstanding on paper, it’s still too early to tell if the full capabilities will be put to use. TI will begin shipping samples to manufacturers late this year and expect OMAP 5 powered devices to hit the market in mid-2012.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-02- 9 (Update: 2012-05-26)