Texas Instruments Show Off OMAP 5 Prototype Device
Its about time as Texas Instrument has demonstrated its upcoming OMAP 5 platform powering a reference design hardware. This new chipset from TI will be arriving in a couple of devices in the last quarter of this year, while according to Texas Instruments management, there are going to be many product announcements in the beginning of 2013.
The dual core GPU in this chipset will be able to decode 1080p content at 64 fps while, it has the maximum limit of going up to 130 fps, but that can be done if the LCD screen supports that much refresh limits.
The new OMAP 5 processor is very efficient and powerful, and this is the reason why TI is planning to introduce it in ultrabooks as well. While TI has also announced that the processor is also going to power Windows 8 tablets as well. Here is what Texas Instruments’ Vice President Remi El-Ouazzane had to say regarding the Cortex-A15 platform:
This is the greatest platform on Earth right now… way ahead of Apple, and it’s the first Cortex-A15 (which runs 2x faster than the Cortex-A9) product on the market. When running two Cortex-A15 chips at 800MHz, it’s more or less the same performance as running two Cortex-A9s at 1.5GHz. You’ll see [commercially available products] ramping up with this stuff in late 2012 or early 2013. We are also running Windows 8 on the latest OMAP; it runs perfectly well, and we’ve been working very closely with Microsoft. We’re working on multiple form factors – tablets, thin-and-lights – and we think ARM is going to bring tablets to the masses.
In my opinion these are the reasons why even Google had to choose TI’s OMAP family as reference chipset for Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform. And that’s why everyday more and more manufacturers are using TI OMAP chips inside their smartphones and tablets mostly running on Android.
You have to note another thing that when OMAP 5 running devices will hit the markets, there are going to be many other competitors as well, while there is going to be Samsung’s own Exynos Cortex-A15 chips. On the other hand, Qualcomm’s S4, Apple’s A6 and NVIDIA’s Wayne will be hitting the shelves as well. So, it will be interesting to see these high power processors battling, and the time will tell that which one is going to destroy the benchmarks with the best power consumption and performance ratio. So, we are hopefully going to see all of these above mentioned chipsets powered devices in CES 2013.