LONDON Texas Instruments is sampling its OMAP 4 application processor implemented on a 45-nm manufacturing process technology, the company said at the Mobile World Congress. But added the caveat that OMAP 4 is only intended for high-volume OEMs and ODMs and the part will not be sold through distributors.
OMAP 4 is based on the Cortex-A9 multicore processor from ARM Holdings plc married to DSP capability from TI that can handle high definition graphics and video. The idea of OMAP 4 was launched at the MWC in February 2009.
OMAP 4 is now sampling and is expected to be in production in the second half of 2010, TI said, which matches with the roadmap given one year ago.
Similarly to the policy on the part, TI is offering the Blaze development platform only to selected customers. And yet strangely even though access to OMAP 4 is restricted the Blaze development platform is planned to go on general availability by mid-2010.
TI is using Mobile World Congress to show off other company's software running on OMAP 4. The demonstrations include user interfaces, Flash 10.1, 3D gaming and Android running on multiple screens.
"At TI, we strive to set the standard for innovation," said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president and general manager of TI's OMAP Platform Business Unit. "We are thrilled to see our partners accelerate the OMAP 4 platform's power to make the desktop experience on Smartphones a reality. We are confident that the next generation of OMAP 4 platform-based devices will truly 'wow' consumers."
The Blaze mobile development platform pairs the OMAP 4 platform with key peripheral support. This includes dual 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touch displays; an HDMI output for third screen display support; a DLP picoprojector; three multi-megapixel cameras; a suite of sensors including accelerometer, compass, ambient light, proximity, barometric and temperature sensors, together with multiple digital microphones, stereo speakers and audio outputs. The WL1281combo chip provides Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and FM functionalities.
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