TI has finally put out an announcement for their OMAP4440 processors despite them having been shown off on the TI website for quite some time now. The freshly upgraded chip will feature two Cortex-A9 cores and when running at full capacity can pump out a total of 1.5GHz per cpu core. As noted in the press release, when compared to the OMAP4430 series that tops out at 1GHz you get the following performance enhancements:

a 1.25x increase in graphics performance, a 30 percent decrease in webpage load time, a 2x increase in 1080p video playback performance

You'll want to check out the full press release for the full details bu, in the meantime feel free to imagine your current devices running that. Wouldn't it be awesome? Sadly, we'll still have to wait until the new year before any devices roll out with it loaded. [TI]

TI's OMAP4440 processor boasts new upgrades, raises the bar for mobile design

Mobile video teleconferencing, stereoscopic-3D and gesture recognition capabilities gain from OMAP™ 4 technology upgrades, including speeds of 1.5 GHz per CPU core

DALLAS (Dec. 8, 2010) – Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) today announced that the OMAP4440 applications processor enhancements deliver impressive 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 marked 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. For OMAP4440 processor details, visit: www.ti.com/omap4440.

"The increased performance given by the OMAP4440 applications processor illustrates TI's ability to push mobile computing possibilities with the right processor architecture enveloped in the right platform, " said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president, OMAP platform business unit, TI. "We seized an opportunity to enhance the platform capabilities driving the OMAP4430 processor's success today. As OMAP4430 processor-based products hit the market in first half 2011, we're arming our customers with a huge performance boost via an easy migration to OMAP4440 processor for their next wave of exciting devices. The resulting user experiences will radically impact how consumers continue to integrate mobile technology into their daily lives."

OMAP4440 processor: Primed for upgraded mobile user experiences
The OMAP 4 platform is a highly-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.

 
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While this sounds great I'm waiting for the 28nm dualcore snapsdragon that will be a beast plus the orion

Wonder if the snap dragons are gonna up their game. The OMAP has been superior thus far to it and I'd love to se em get seriously competitive. Competitive = more powerful mobile and reduced cost to end user. :)

Not really true. The Snapdragon's design has made their CPU a little bit more powerful from the jump (1GHz Cortex A8 to 1GHz Cortex A8) and they were the first ones out of the gate (by a good margin too) with 1 GHz phones. The problem with the Snapdragon was it's GPU, but Qualcomm's AMD mobile acquisition's has just started to make it's way into the present second generation Snapdragon.

Right now the OMAPs and Snapdragons are both 45nm but the Snapdragon's GPU performs about two times better. This dual core mention here only puts it on level with the current Adreno 205 GPU found on the second gen Snapdragon. By the time this comes out, Snapdragons will have the Adreno 220 or better putting at a significant advantage graphics wise.

What about the chips that MIPS is putting out? They appear to be superior to the other chips out. Maybe they will be like the Betamax for smartphone computer chips.

I'm actually not that impressed with the performance gain.

Aftr all they doubled the cores, each with half again the speed, and only got 1.25 time graphics?

And what precisely is "2x increase in 1080p video playback performance"? 1080p plays at a constant speed. Were they skipping half the frames previously?