2/4/2003 - Expanding its family of widely-adopted OMAP processors, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) unveiled five new OMAP processors with on-chip security, that increase the performance of advanced applications that include graphics, multimedia content, and Java as much as 8x while reducing standby current as much as 10x in wireless handsets and PDAs. With these new application processors, mobile device manufacturers can design smaller, more secure and more economical devices with longer battery life and faster multimedia applications.
"OMAP processor-based smartphones and PDAs are revolutionizing the mobile communications experience today by enabling dynamic multimedia applications, on top of engaging, easy to navigate mobile operating systems. TI has coupled what we have learned from our customers with more than twelve years of wireless systems know how, to reach the next level of performance with five new OMAP processors," said Alain Mutricy, TI vice president and OMAP platform general manager. "These new processors deliver significant improvements in wireless application performance -- including the industry's first implementation of wireless hardware security providing the most secure mode for wireless transactions."
The new OMAP devices are software-compatible with the previous OMAP1510, OMAP310 and OMAP710 processors. The new processors include three devices in the OMAP161x series of application processors that can be coupled with chipsets for all cellular standards-- the OMAP1610, OMAP1611 and OMAP1612 devices -- and two devices, the OMAP730 and OMAP732, that integrate a TI GSM/GPRS modem baseband subsystem with a dedicated application processor on a single chip.
Samples of the OMAP1610, OMAP1611 and OMAP730 devices are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2003. The OMAP1612 and OMAP732 devices, which feature stacked memory, are scheduled to sample in the second quarter of 2003. The new processors are based on TI's industry leading 0.13-micron process technology.
New OMAP Processors Deliver Unparalleled Software Flexibility and Performance
The new processors raise the bar over current OMAP devices by delivering manufacturers even greater software flexibility and performance. In addition to providing the widest offering of graphic user interfaces and advanced operating systems including LinuxTM, Palm OS®, Symbian, Microsoft´s mobile device platforms´ Pocket PC and Smartphone, and Nucleus and systems integration services from independent OMAP Technology Centers, the new OMAP processors provide OMAP developers with easy access to open programming interfaces and development tools to take full advantage of OMAP processor performance. Plus, many leading software developers such as ActionEngine, Bitflash, Certicom, Comverse, Hi Corporation, Ideaworks3D, Microsoft Windows Media, PacketVideo, RealNetworks, SafeNet, and SpeechWorks are delivering a wide variety of OMAP processor-based applications. With the new OMAP161x or OMAP73x processors, OMAP developers and mobile device manufacturers can provide the following performance improvements over competitive offerings:
First On-Chip Security Hardware Enables Most Secure Mode for Wireless Applications
Effective, power-efficient and virtually transparent security measures will be necessary for the deployment of advanced multimedia. The new OMAP devices address this issue as the first processors to feature comprehensive wireless security hardware, ensuring much stronger protection and faster security services for protecting the ownership rights of creative content or software, guarding confidential information and securing sensitive information transmission.
Extreme Deep Sleep Extends Battery Life
The new OMAP processors continue TI´s tradition of power-efficient application execution by featuring innovative power management capabilities whereby the system can be placed in the industry´s deepest standby power modes. While in this "extreme deep sleep mode," less than 10 micro-Amperes (µA) of current are drained, 10x less than the standby power drain of previous generation processors.
OMAP161x Devices -- Application Processors For All Cellular Standards
Building on the popular OMAP1510 stand-alone application processors, the OMAP1610, OMAP1611 and OMAP1612 devices increase application performance while lowering power consumption and space requirements. For mobile device manufacturers, that means more compelling 2.5G and 3G applications such as video conferencing, interactive gaming, speech processing, location-based services, video streaming and many others.
The OMAP1611 processor features enhanced multimedia application processing with 2Mb of internal SRAM (ISRAM). The device also has a standard low pin-count, dedicated connection to 54 megabit-per-second (Mbps) WLAN (802.11g/a/b) technology such as TI´s TNETW1130 WLAN processor. The OMAP1612 processor includes all OMAP1611 device features plus 256 Mb of stacked ultra-low-power, mobile double data rate (DDR) synchronous dynamic memory (SDRAM). The OMAP1610 device will be available in TI´s TCS4105 complete UMTS reference design, also announced today. Please see www.ti.com/omap161x for more information on OMAP161x processors.
OMAP73x Devices -- Integrated Communications and Dedicated Applications Processors
The new OMAP73x series of devices, including the OMAP730, which is part of a TI wireless chipset and reference design, combine a GSM/GPRS Class 12 modem baseband processor and a dedicated application processor on a single chip. The OMAP73x processors support multimedia applications, streaming audio, secure transactions, accelerated Java processing, web browsing, personal information management, location-based services and many others. The OMAP730 delivers twice the application performance over the OMAP710 processor while doubling standby time. New designs with the OMAP730 device will require less than half the board space of the previous generation, reducing system costs by one-third. The OMAP730 has an internal SRAM frame buffer memory as well as the new, low pin-count, dedicated connection to 54 Mbps WLAN (802.11g/a/b) technology such as TI´s TNETW1130 WLAN processor.
The OMAP732 processor includes all OMAP730 device features plus up to 256 Mb of stacked mobile SDRAM, which reduces the size of smartphones and PDAs further and consumes less power than traditional external memory configurations. Please see www.ti.com/omap73x for additional technical information on OMAP73x processors.
Production volumes of all five processors are scheduled to be available in the fourth quarter of 2003. All of the new processors will support the OMAPI (SM) standard. (For more information, see www.omapi.org.)
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