Texas Instruments unveils OMAP 5 with two Cortex-A15 cores

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Only a few months after unveiling an updated version of the OMAP 4 SoC, Texas Instrument has unveiled the OMAP 5 mobile platform. The latest chip features two Cortex-A15 processing cores running at 2GHz and "transforms the concept of mobile," according to TI. Exaggerated or not, the Corex-A15 is ARM's fastest architecture to date with roughly 50% more performance per clock than the popular A9 inside OMAP 4 and products such as Nvidia's Tegra 2, so you can expect some solid improvements.

Overall, TI says the new OMAP5430 delivers triple the processing performance and five times more 3D graphics power than its previous-gen OMAP4430, all while reducing power consumption by nearly 60%. Alongside the A15 cores is another two Cortex-M4 processors that tackle less intensive tasks. Additionally, the new chip supports up to 8GB of RAM, hardware virtualization, and it features dedicated engines for video, imaging and vision, DSP, 3D graphics, 2D graphics, display and security.


TI will provide an API for gesture applications as well as full-body and multi-body interactive gestures. As an example, the company noted that when paired with its DLP Pico projector and a camera, OMAP 5 enables interactive projection allowing users to touch and drag projected images on a table or wall. "The gesturing world is going to explode," said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president of the OMAP business unit. "There is absolutely no reason why it will not fall into the mobile space quicker than expected."

The lengthy spec sheet also mentions support for USB 3.0, SATA II, SDXC high-capacity flash memory, a camera interface supporting 24MP images, and 1080p 3D video capture at 60FPS. In fact, OMAP 5 can handle up to four cameras in parallel, convert 2D 1080p content to S3D, and simultaneously drive three QSXGA (2560x2048) displays. All of that is crammed into a 14mm or 17mm package. Samples are expected to ship in the second half of 2011 and OMAP 5-powered devices should arrive in late 2012.

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