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US chip outfit Texas Instruments (TI) has announced its OMAP 5 SoC (system on a chip) for use in smartphones, tablets and whatever mobile devices humanity may devise.
Texas Instruments went a bit over the top praising the latest OMAP generation, saying it "creates disruptive mobile experiences akin to Henry Ford's transformative automobile advancements." Despite all the hot air, it does look very promising.
The OMAP 5 platform features two ARM Cortex-A15 cores at speeds of up to 2GHz in combination with two Cortex-M4 cores, making it a dual dual-core. It also sports a PowerVR SGX544-MPx for 3D graphics, alongside a dedicated TI 2D graphics core, an IVA-HD video accelerator for 1080p HD video and other niceties, such as an audio processor, a C64x DSP and M-Shield system security offering various cryptography functions.
It offers support for up to four displays, or three high-resolution LCD displays and a HDMI 1.4a 3D display. Yes, 3D is hitting the mobile market, Nvidia isn't the only company making the wares.
TI says the 28nm processors offer three times as much processing bang than its ancestor, while 3D graphics have improved five-fold. At the same time, TI boasts power consumption has been reduced by 60 percent "compared to a sample user experience on the OMAP 4 platform". It can be presumed watching 1080p videos will nonetheless drain the battery.
Two OMAP 5 SoCs will be shipping soon, the OMAP 5430 is designed for the higher-end smartphone and tablet market, whereas the OMAP 5432 is intended for more "cost-sensitive" products which can be a tad larger.
It's all part of a conspiracy to reduce the global population. Sometime next year, hospitals will be full of people hit by cars and bikes while walking across the street, staring at their 3D mobile gizmos, unaware of the world around them.