Texas Instruments claims to have raised the bar for mobile design with the launch of its new OMAP4440 applications processor, a dual-core chip ARMed with a pair of Cortex A9 cores and two Cortex M3 cores.
Also included is a POWERVR 3D graphics engine with support for 1080p stereoscopic 3D playback, as well as a dizzying amount of claimed performance improvements over the OMAP4430 architecture. Some of these include:
1.25x increase in graphics performance
30 percent decrease in webpage load times
2x increase in 1080p video playback
Improved video quality in low-light conditions
"The increased performance given by the OMAP4440 applications processor illustrates TI's ability to push mobile computing possibilities with the right processor architecture enveloped in the right platform," said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president, OMAP platform business unit, TI. "We seized an opportunity to enhance the platform capabilities driving the OMAP4430 processor's success today."
Texas Instruments will begin sampling its new chip in the first quarter of 2011, with production expected in the second half of next year.