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 TI's OMAP4440 Mobile Processor Boasts Significant Upgrades
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Message Text: Mobile video teleconferencing, stereoscopic-3D and gesture recognition capabilities gain from OMAP 4 technology upgrades, including speeds of 1.5 GHz per CPU core.

Texas Instruments has recently announced that the OMAP4440 applications processor enhancements deliver performance improvements beyond the OMAP4430 processor, including a 1.25x increase in graphics performance, a 30 percent decrease in webpage load time, a 2x increase in 1080p video playback performance and clock speeds as fast as 1.5 GHz per ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore. These performance advantages, along with other feature enhancements, reaffirm the OMAP 4 platform's ability to drive today's most coveted Smartphone and tablet user experiences, such as 1080p stereoscopic 3D (S3D), 1080p video conferencing and gesture recognition.

The OMAP 4 platform is an optimized system-on-chip (SOC) leveraging two ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore general-purpose processors, reaching speeds of 1.5 GHz per core, complemented by two ARM Cortex-M3 cores to power-efficiently offload time-critical and control tasks. High-performance multimedia capabilities are provided by programmable cores including a POWERVR 3D graphics engine, TI IVA 3 for high-definition/multi-standard video, TI image signal processor (ISP) for high-quality/high-megapixels imaging, TI low-power audio processor and TI digital signal processor (DSP) based on the TI C64x DSP for natural user interface and signal processing innovations optimized for mobile applications.

The OMAP 4 platform supports concurrent, high-performance processing and high-definition multimedia with dual, high-bandwidth memory channels. The platform is secured with TI M-Shield security, and delivers high performance within the small power budget of mobile devices by leveraging TI SmartReflex power and performance management technologies. As the second member of the OMAP 4 product family, the OMAP4440 processor's upgraded features and benefits include:

Two ARM Cortex-A9 MPCores optimized to 1.5 GHz each: 50% increase in overall performance; 33% reduction in webpage load time

End-to-end graphics acceleration enhancement (triangles per second, fill rate and shaders): 25% increase in overall graphics performance

Support for HDMI v1.4 3D modes: Full 1080p HD S3D playback to 3D TV

1080p60 video format support: 2x higher performance video playback

Support for up to two 12-megapixel cameras in parallel: Higher stereoscopic resolution encode enabling stereo photography, which meets the same resolution previously experienced only with 2D photography

IVA 3 multimedia hardware accelerator: High quality video playback at low bit rates

Complete pin-to-pin hardware and software compatibility: Easy migration from the OMAP4430 processors

The OMAP4440 applications processor will sample in first quarter 2011, with production expected by the second half of 2011.
 
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