TI Announces New, Faster OMAP Processors
Texas Instruments today unveiled five new OMAP processors, that increase the performance of advanced applications that include graphics, multimedia, and Java. OMAP processors are compatible with the Palm OS among other platforms, the Palm Tungsten T uses a TI OMAP processor. The new processors will enable, smaller, more secure and more economical devices with longer battery life and faster multimedia applications.
"TI has coupled what we have learned from our customers with more than twelve years of wireless systems know how, to reach the next level of performance with five new OMAP processors," said Alain Mutricy, TI vice president and OMAP platform general manager. "These new processors deliver significant improvements in wireless application performance -- including the industry's first implementation of wireless hardware security providing the most secure mode for wireless transactions."
The chips allow speed increases as much as 8x while reducing standby current as much as 10x in wireless handsets and PDAs. The new chips boost accelerated multimedia performance, 2D graphics apps will run up to 2.5x faster than previous chips. Security algorithms are processed up to 90x faster while power consumption is reduced, thanks to the OMAP platform's hardware accelerators.
Power management capabilities have been significantly improved,TI has introduced a "extreme deep sleep mode," that draws less than 10 micro-Amperes (uA) of current, 10x less than the standby power drain of previous generation processors.
The new OMAP devices are software-compatible with the previous OMAP1510, OMAP310 and OMAP710 processors. The OMAP730 and OMAP732 integrate a TI GSM/GPRS modem baseband subsystem with a dedicated application processor on a single chip. Samples of the OMAP1610, OMAP1611 and OMAP730 devices are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2003. The new processors are based on TI's industry leading 0.13-micron process technology. Production volumes of all five processors are scheduled to be available in the fourth quarter of 2003.
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