2/25/2004 - Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) announced its new OMAPTM 2 architecture for 2.5 and 3G mobile phones that will transform what were trendy devices into a high-quality, personal entertainment experience. Enabling features such as interactive 3D gaming, 4+ megapixel cameras, digital camcorders, TV and more, TI will bring the high-end performance consumers have come to expect from digital consumer electronics to smartphones this year. TI´s first two devices based on the OMAP 2 "All-in-One Entertainment" architecture, the new OMAP2410 and OMAP2420 processors, will be available this year.
Current generation OMAP processors have been designed into dozens of multimedia smartphone models. The new OMAP 2 architecture will help re-define mobile entertainment by delivering a state-of-the-art multimedia and gaming experience that boosts video performance by 4X and 3D graphics by 40X. By combining its wireless systems expertise and digital consumer electronics experience to create the OMAP 2 architecture, TI will further drive user adoption of integrated multimedia features. New OMAP 2 chips will support features such as up to 6 megapixel cameras, up to DVD-quality video, interactive gaming console functionality, Hi-Fi music with 3D sound effects, analog and digital TV broadcast reception, high-speed wireless connectivity, greater than VGA resolution color LCD displays and more.
"With tens of million of camera phones shipped, the digital camera in the smartphone has moved from a trendy feature to a fundamental requirement," said Alain Mutricy, TI vice president and Cellular Systems general manager. "Now with TI's OMAP 2 "All-in-One Entertainment" technology, we will bring your personal entertainment and communications center to your mobile phone."
New Processors Enable Ultimate Mobile Entertainment With Optimal Battery Life
TI´s first two devices based on the OMAP 2 architecture, the new OMAP2410 and OMAP2420 stand-alone application processors, leverage the ARM11TM microarchitecture and are TI´s second-generation of processors to use 90 nm technology. The OMAP2410 chip includes an ARM1136JS-FTM core, a TI programmable DSP, a 2D/3D graphics accelerator offering up to 2 million polygons per second, integrated camera interface, sophisticated DMA controller and more. The OMAP2420 processor adds on top of the OMAP2410, a TI programmable imaging and video accelerator supporting 4 megapixel still capture applications, full-motion video encode or decode in CIF to VGA resolution. The OMAP2420 also has the ability to output images onto an external TV.
To ensure maximum performance while maintaining the battery life users have come to expect, TI OMAP 2 processors have sophisticated power management features. TI utilized these features and leveraged its expertise in high-performance analog technology to also create the TML92230 energy management companion chip, replacing many discrete power management devices for reduced system cost and board area.
The OMAP family of processors will continue to include stand-alone application processors for use in conjunction with separate digital baseband processors and highly-integrated chips combining application and digital baseband processors. Users can enjoy multimedia services without compromising quality of service thanks to OMAP 2 processors with parallel processing engines in their mobile devices.
TI´s OMAP Ecosystem - Software, Applications and Support
TI´s OMAP 2 architecture uses processors that are code compatible with the current OMAP chips, greatly simplifying software reuse. OMAP 2 processors will continue to be supported by hardware evaluation modules, reference designs, ARM and DSP compilers, debuggers and development platforms including full OMAP 2 software emulations. The OMAP 2 architecture leverages TI´s complete subsystem building blocks for MPEG4, MP3, H.263, H.264, WMV, OpenGL ES and more. TI´s OMAP 2 processors continue to support all mobile operating systems such as Symbian OSTM, Windows MobileTM, Linux®, NucleusTM, and Palm OS®. TI´s OMAP 2 architecture also is backed by TI´s OMAP Developer Network and OMAP Technology Center systems integrators.
The first OMAP 2 processors and TML92230 companion chips are expected to sample in the first half of 2004.
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