Texas Instruments Inc. has been talking the OMAP5 talk for some time already, but on Monday (June 4) the firm fired its first serious shot at the competition, releasing a graphics benchmarking video to show off its SOC’s GPU performance.
The competition? Seemingly an iPad 3 with an A5X chip (45-nm process), which boasts two Cortex A9s alongside SGX543MP4 graphics.
TI’s OMAP 5430, on the other hand, is designed on a 28-nm process and sports two ARM Cortex A15s and two Cortex M4s alongside SGX544 MP2 graphics.
TI used GL Benchmark 2.5 to render complex graphics scenes and simulate high-end games at full HD (1080p) resolution, to show off its big dual-core GPUs.
Unsurprisingly, the yet-to-be-released OMAP 5 beat the already available "market-leading tablet” competitor in terms of frame-rate (38 FPS on-screen, 45 off-screen, compared with 34 and 43 FPS), probably thanks to some souped up clock speeds.
You can check out the video from TI to see the details below, but suffice it say the OMAP 5 looks fairly fast. That said, comparing an already released product to one that has yet to make its debut in any device is not entirely fair, so don’t be too quick to judge.
Everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that this was a comparison between a dual core SGX544 and a quad core SGX543. The point is that TI's next generation cell phone/tablet SoC will kill current top of the line tablet SoC's in CPU capabilities, while surpassing them in GPU capabilities. A 4 core cortex a15/4 core SGX544 SoC would be one hell of a low power htpc chip.
Why is it, that this chip has been delayed for so long, after originally being annonced in July 2011, twenty-eleven.... and the shiping date keeps on getting pushed back.
Now estimated that devices using it, will hopefully come out by Q1/2013... some 18+months after being announced!
Shees... maybe T.I. should announce important chips about 3 months to 6 months MAX before availability.
This was just oh sooo wrong!
Oh well, I hope Omap 6 will be way quicker to market!
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