Texas Instruments Unveils Next-Gen 1.5GHz Dual-Core Chip for Smartphones and Tablets

Texas Instruments has upped the ante in the mobile processing arena with the introduction of OMAP4440 system-on-a-chip that packs in two ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processing cores clocked at a whooping 1.5GHz each. The company says the new chip will "radically impact" how we use mobile technology in our lives.

Basically an improved version of the single-core 1GHz OMAP4430, the new chip ups 3D video performance to 1080p stereoscopic 3D, an improvement over the OMAP4430’s 720p stereoscopic 3D implementation. Another enhancement is support for gesture recognition and up to two 12-megapixel cameras in parallel that will enable enabling stereo photography at the same resolution usually associated with 2D photography.

3D graphics is handled by Imagination Technologies? PowerVR SGX540 GPU unit that supports major APIs like OpenGL, Open GL ES (both 2.0 and 1.1), OpenVG 1.1, and EGL 1.3.

While both chips support 1080p video recording and playback and are produced using the 45nm manufacturing process, the two CPU cores on the new OMAP4440 result in a significantly speedier performance in common tasks. Texas Instruments cited a 50 percent boost in overall performance, 1.25x boost in graphics performance and a 30 percent decrease in webpage load time, in addition to twice as fast 1080p video playback performance compared to the OMAP4430.

The silicon supports most major mobile operating systems, including Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, Symbian, and Linux variants such as Android and Chrome. The company will have first samples ready for key buyers in the first quarter of next year, but full production will ramp up in the second half of 2011. The chip is expected to finds its way into a wide array of upcoming high-end smartphones, tablets, and other connected device.

Source: Texas Instruments