Texas Instruments releases OMAP 5 Dual-Core A15 vs Quad-Core A9 video

The benchmark test results indicate the OMAP 5 chip gets the job done much faster

This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) is just around the corner and companies from around the globe are vigorously showing off their newest creations. One of those companies is the Dallas-headquartered manufacturer of semiconductors, Texas Instruments which just posted a video demonstrating their latest OMAP 5 smart multicore central processing unit in action. 

As you can see in the video below, TI’s chip was put to the test “head-to-head” against an unspecified Quad-Core A9 CPU (and obviously did quite well). As part of the test, two tablets are loading a bunch of “graphically rich HTML5 web pages” while simultaneously downloading a video and playing an mp3 file. It has been rumored that the second tablet is in fact powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, but that’s just speculation. 

According to the maker, the first tablet packs an OMAP 5 smart CPU that features a Dual-Core A15 chip (alongside some “specialized cores and accelerators”) with a frequency of 800MHz, whereas the other participating slate is driven by an A9 processor which houses 4 processing cores clocked at 1.3GHz. The EEMBC BrowsingBench results reveal that TI’s OMAP 5 is more than two times faster (95 seconds vs whopping 201 seconds). 

Whilst this could be interpreted as good news for tablets and alike, users will have to do some waiting, because the Texas Instruments’ latest SoC is not expected to hit the stores until early 2013. Hit the video below to see the test. 


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-02-24 (Update: 2012-05-26)