Texas Instruments held a webcast today, where they announced the OMAP 5 processor. While it's not expected to be seen until mid 2012, it brings a lot of new tech to the table. The OMAP 5 will be a multi-core system-on-chip consisting of ARM Cortex -A15 CPU cores and a POWERVR SGX544 multi-core GPU. According to TI, this will bring a disruptive mobile experience, akin to the way Henry Ford transformed the auto industry. While I'm not sure I would go that far, some of the new innovations do look very interesting. It's worth noting that smartphone technology is moving so fast that we haven't even seen the OMAP 4 platform, but we expect devices running the platform this year. Current Android devices using Texas Instruments CPUs, like the Droid X, are still running single core OMAP 3 technology.
The OMAP 5 will help usher in stereoscopic 3D, gesture recognition, computational photography, and more. While providing up to three times the processing performance, the new chip promises nearly a 60 percent power reduction over the OMAP 4 platform. TI also says they are very excited to continue their strong support of open source software, and they have been, and will continue to work closely with Google and the Android platform.
Have a look at the short presentation video, and the press release will full tech specs after the break. [Texas instruments]