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Texas Instruments shows off a 2GHz dual-core ARM chip

Supports demanding mobile computing
Tue Feb 08 2011, 12:05

CHIPMAKER Texas Instruments (TI) has unveiled the OMAP 5 system that includes dual core ARM Cortex-A15 processors running at 2GHz.

TI's OMAP line of chips go up against similar ARM designs from Qualcomm, Freescale and more recently Nvidia. However while Qualcomm has enjoyed considerable success in the smartphone market, TI still remains a force in the wider embedded market and pitches the OMAP 5 as "PC-like computing performance with mobile power levels".

The OMAP 5 is fabbed on a 28nm process and comprises two ARM Cortex-A15 cores, each running at up to 2GHz with two ARM Cortex-M4 cores for real-time capabilities. The multi-core theme continues in the 3D graphics, imaging and video processing units and it can even support four simultaneous displays and four cameras in parallel.

TI claims that the OMAP 5 is capable of recording and playing back HD 1080p stereoscopic 3D and even perform real-time conversation of 2D content into stereoscopic 3D at HD 1080p. This is all part of what TI claims are next generation natural user interfaces, or basically a mobile version of Xbox Kinect, that its OMAP 5 can power.

OMAP 5 does push up the performance bar, with ARM pitching the Cortex-A15 chip for use in everything from smartphones, televisions and home servers. At present the Cortex-A15 is ARM's highest performance embedded chip design, with TI adding that it provides "3X higher performance to deliver the promise of mobile computing".

TI has said it expects to sample OMAP 5 in the second half of 2011 with devices set to appear in the second half of 2012. µ



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