TI intros dual-core 1.5GHz SoC for phones, tablets

By Matthew · 17 replies
Dec 8, 2010
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  1. Texas Instruments has announced its new OMAP4440 system-on-a-chip, an updated version of the OMAP4430. Designed for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the package carries a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at speeds up to 1.5GHz (OMAP4430 tops out at 1GHz), as well as two Cortex M3 cores for offloading time-critical tasks, and a graphics engine with support for 3D video.

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  2. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    Phone processing power has exploded recently
  3. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 191

    Yea, PC DIYers are losing out, smart phone are getting to equaling Atom based netbooks and notebooks.
    Anyway, from the look of the diagram and reading the article I am guessing that this "System on a Chip" is destined for tablets, just by guess.
  4. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    Why do Ti-Graphing Calculators still cost the same amount as they did in the 80s?
  5. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    Yeah, I'm going to wait until I hear from NVIDIA about their Tegra 3. It was apparently "almost done" back in September.
  6. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    Wait wait, you're saying my Droid 3 is going to run Crysis? YES
  7. yowanvista

    yowanvista TS Enthusiast Posts: 82

    mine is still at 434Mhz
  8. mmm "high speed usb 2 otg" if that is host usb 2.0 i´m throwing away my laptop
  9. dummybait

    dummybait TS Rookie Posts: 45

    And there we have it...Cell phones are now more powerful than consoles!!!! lol
  10. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    You Laugh but the new black Xbox 360 uses a SoC!!!

    Just time until they can get it to run cool enough and we're looking at xbox power in a phone!
  11. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I'm pretty sure I'm already in the 1GHz club with my HTC Desire. :haha:

    Thats plenty fast enough. lol. In fact, I genuinely feel that if it was any quicker it would reduce the usability of this phone, because it would be too fast for touch screen commands when typing numbers etc.
  12. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Dual-core processors and dedicated graphics are welcome improvements but the more important question is will these technological advances make us more productive smartphone users ?
  13. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    I think that all depends on the user, hardware and software. Not to mention a lot of other factors. CPU and GPU power is always important for an item, whether it be a cell phone or a video game console but eventually you're going to have to offer something different than everyone else so you're not stuck in the "more power!" game.

    Still, my biggest concern with all of these upgrades is battery life. A Dual Core 1.5Ghz Out Of Order Cortex A9 is nothing if the phone it has been installed in dies within the hour.
  14. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    It does have 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM (if my memory serves me right) ....... and hell that is more than the PC I had 10-12 years ago i.e. PIII 733 with 256 MB of RAM.
  15. Tizzlejack

    Tizzlejack TS Rookie Posts: 26

    So they can fund the R&D for stuff like this...
  16. If you compare to Desktop cpu, this TI 1.5 ghz cpu for table and smart-phone is still quite long way to go as current nano-tech by contrast in progress stage. Therefore, I predict there will be 3.00 ghz cpu in less than 10 years in near future about half of the current die size run in much less power.
  17. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    :p I was waiting on someone to give that answer
  18. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    My first PC was even slower... I'm not sure on the processor but it only had 1mb RAM.

    I remember thinking I was so cool because I upgraded it to 2MB! :D

    OMG, there it is!!! :D


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