TI OMAP5

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]

 

Not just a faster horse: TI's OMAP™ 5 platform transforms the concept of 'mobile'
  • New OMAP 5 platform creates disruptive mobile experiences akin to Henry Ford’s transformative automobile advancements
  • Mobile computing, stereoscopic 3D, gesture recognition and computational photography intensified by TI’s best-in-class applications platform
  • Sophisticated multi-core processing, including ARM® Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processors
DALLAS (Feb. 7, 2011) /PRNewswire/ — Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced today the next generation of its popular OMAP™ family: the OMAP 5 mobile applications platform, which is positioned to transform how mobile devices, such as Smartphones, tablets and other mobile form factors are used, making them even more valuable in our daily lives. More information on the OMAP 5 platform can be found here: www.ti.com/wbu_omap5_pr_lp.
Imagine carrying only one productivity tool while in the office, on the road or at home – a single mobile device which provides PC-like computing performance with mobile power levels. Imagine using the same device to conduct a stereoscopic 3D (S3D) video conference for work. Imagine being in a meeting and projecting a document from this device, which you can edit by simply touching the projected image on a surface. Imagine going home and switching the device to your personal operating system to drive a next-generation game on your HDTV using wireless display technology. These capabilities are only highlights of what the TI OMAP 5 platform uniquely delivers. To see more experiences enabled by the OMAP 5 platform, view a video here:www.ti.com/wbu_omap5_pr_v.
Highest performance, lowest power…yet again
The 28 nanometer OMAP 5 applications processors carry on the OMAP family tradition of delivering significant increases in performance and functionality, while lowering power consumption compared to their predecessors. Specifically, they offer up to 3x processing performance and five-fold 3D graphics improvement, yet provide a nearly 60 percent average power reduction compared to a sample user experience on the OMAP 4 platform. Additionally, the OMAP 5 platform’s software is designed for maximum reuse to ease migration from the OMAP 4 platform.
“The next decade will bring a revolution in mobile computing, as devices continue to converge, attempting to become one single device that meets all of our computing, entertainment, and complex day-to-day needs and interests. However, the bridge to true mobile computing enablement was missing until today. The OMAP 5 platform will be at the heart of driving the mobile computing revolution by delivering the highest computing, graphics and multimedia performance possible within the low power budget required by mobile form factors,” said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president, OMAP platform business unit, TI.
Sophisticated, multi-core processing: harmonized for the best possible user experience
The OMAP 5 processor leverages two ARM® Cortex™-A15 MPCores™ – the most advanced ARM architecture to date – capable of speeds of up to 2 GHz per core in the OMAP 5 implementation. With a 50 percent boost in performance over the Cortex-A9 core (at the same clock frequency), combined with up to 8GB of dynamic memory access and hardware virtualization support, the Cortex-A15 core can enable true mobile computing experiences, such as the ones referenced above.
The OMAP 5 architecture utilizes an intelligent combination of many different processing cores – each tailored and power-optimized for specific functions – and all harmonized to provide the best possible user experience. In addition to the two Cortex-A15 cores, the OMAP 5 processor includes individual, dedicated engines for: video, imaging and vision, DSP, 3D graphics, 2D graphics, display and security. The processor also includes two ARM Cortex-M4 processors for offloading real-time processing from the Cortex-A15 cores to improve low-level control and responsiveness of mobile devices.
“We continue to see high performance mobile devices, such as advanced Smartphones and tablets, requiring increased processor performance while remaining within the restricted mobile power consumption boundaries,” said Mike Inglis, EVP and general manager of the ARM Processor Division. “The OMAP 5 processor highlights the advantage of the ARM business model. The relationship enables product differentiation through the integration of low power multi-core ARM processor cores with the partners’ own system-on-chip technologies, including power management, audio and video processing. ARM is proud to have contributed to the OMAP 5 platform, which enables OEM customers to leverage the extensive ARM software ecosystem to quickly deliver innovative new mobile solutions.”
Next-generation natural user interfaces
Natural user interfaces (NUI) – how we interact with the world around us in an intuitive, natural way – are taken to the next level with the OMAP 5 platform’s advanced support for S3D, gesturing (including proximity sensing), and interactive projection.
The OMAP 5 processor can support up to four cameras in parallel, as well as record and play back S3D video in 1080p quality, and perform real-time conversion of 2D content to S3D at 1080p resolution. The new processor can also deliver advanced short- and long-range gesturing applications, as well as full-body and multi-body interactive gestures, utilizing either 2D or S3D cameras. The OMAP 5 processor, coupled with a TI DLP® Pico™ projector and a camera, can also enable interactive projection where the user can actually "touch and drag" projected images on both a table top or wall.
Additionally, the OMAP 5 processor can interface with and leverage a wide variety of sensor technologies to enable touchless sensing, such as proximity sensing, capacitive sensing and ultrasonic sensing.
Computational photography – the industry’s next frontier
Today, most mobile devices are equipped with built-in cameras; however, due to the physical limitations of the device, picture and video quality is not on par with stand-alone consumer electronic products, such as digital SLR cameras. In order to close this quality gap, computational algorithms are used to compensate for these limitations. The OMAP 5 processor includes hardware and software resources that enable the development and deployment of such algorithms, such as camera stabilization, motion blur reduction, noise reduction, high dynamic range and face-based processing. The new processor also goes a step further by using the same OMAP 5 hardware resources with vision algorithms to extract features and data from the picture, in order to implement applications such as face recognition, object recognition and text recognition. These vision capabilities can also be used as the foundation for many different and exciting augmented reality applications.
Industry’s best all-around applications processor platform
The OMAP 5 platform sports an impressive list of features and benefits supporting everything from open source platforms to complementary TI technologies, including:
FeaturesBenefit *
Two ARM Cortex-A15 cores, up to 2 GHz each3x higher performance to deliver the promise of mobile computing
Two ARM Cortex-M4 coresLow-power offload and real-time responsiveness
Multi-core 3D graphics and dedicated 2D graphics5x higher graphics performance; accelerated and more responsive user interfaces
Multi-core imaging and vision processing unitNext-generation computational photography experiences – face recognition, object recognition and text recognition
Multi-core IVA HD video engine1080p60 HD video and high performance, low bit rate video teleconferencing
Advanced, multi-pipeline display sub-systemSupports multiple video/graphics sources for composition
Can support four simultaneous displaysSupports three high-resolution LCD displays (up to QSXGA) and HDMI 1.4a 3D display
High performance, multi-channel DRAM and efficient 2D memory supportSupports advanced use cases with multiple ARM cores and multimedia operation; provides better user experiences without lag or quality degradation
TI M-Shield™ mobile security technology with enhanced cryptography supportEnd-to-end device and content protection
New, high-speed interfacesSupports USB 3.0 OTG, SATA 2.0, SDXC flash memory and MIPI® CSI-3, UniPort-M and LLI interfaces to support higher Wi-Fi and 4G network and HD content data rates
Optimized audio, power and battery management platform solutionsComplementary TI devices for an optimized OMAP 5 platform solution
Next-generation connectivity technologiesHD wireless video streaming, wireless display, mobile payments and enhanced location-based services
*Comparative statements compare OMAP 5 platform to OMAP4430 applications processor.
Strengthening the OMAP 5 platform’s value, TI leverages its open source community involvement to benefit customer product development. Early extensive work in community projects translates to a significant quality and schedule advantage for device manufacturers, including power, memory and performance optimization. Additionally, TI’s pre-integrated software packages for popular Linux-based distributions help manufacturers achieve maximum system-level performance while driving a faster time-to-market.
Availability
TI’s OMAP 5 platform is expected to sample in the second half of 2011, with devices on the market in the second half of 2012. The OMAP5430 processor is offered in a 14x14mm Package-on-Package (PoP) with LPDDR2 memory support. The OMAP5432 processor is offered in a 17x17mm BGA package with DDR3/DDR3L memory support.
These products are intended for high-volume mobile OEMs and ODMs and are not available through distributors. TI also plans to develop compatible ARM Cortex-A15 processor-based solutions for broader market applications across TI’s product portfolio.
To find out more about the OMAP 5 platform, visit the links below:

 
There are 9 comments

A full year away.... and omap4 isn't even in use yet.... ok then I'm more interested in right now TI

Jjpp23 says:

Wow

eric6052 says:

Nice my next upgrade from my Droid X is in July 2012 so I will definitely be checking these out when the time comes.

dacp283 says:

Gotta love TI.

moosc says:

Holy smokes Batman 4ghz yikes better have small reactor in it

Asterisk says:

By that time we'll see phones with Tegra 3 and Tegra 4 announced.

Warpoet says:

I would quite happily keep my Snapdragon, provided that the battery life increases. All these new chips but the same old limitation of battery life. Sure, it claims to be more efficient but still the difference isn't enough to make your phone last for a week instead of a day.

tyrelian says:

o wow

stusmygsgbrd says:

Good to read that this proccessor can turn 2D into 3D in real time, but even at DDR3, 5 times faster than DDR2, that is 5 times slower than GDDR6. Some of the smartphone companies, are the same companies that make DDR6 graphics card ram, if TI and others can't interface with that ram, the bottlenecks that we see in slow loading blue ray DVD's, particularly with ultra definition 3D will persist.
Also no mention of Java built into the A15 cpu microarchitecture, a very important accelerator for android, blackberry, and apple.