TI’s current-generation OMAP4 processors are already hardcore: They’re what’s behind simultaneous 1080p-playing, Quake-raging BlackBerry PlayBook. But TI’s next-gen OMAP5 chips are on a whole ‘nother level of crazy. Multi-core chips built on ARM’s fastest Cortex A15 processors – that ramp up to 2GHz each with another pair a pair of Cortex M4s thrown in for fun.
TI is promising some serious sci-fi business here:
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.
I might not go that far, but think about if your smartphone wasn't just a "pocket computer", but a full desktop computer shoved inside a phone. Because that's the kind of power it's approaching. Microsoft had a great slide at CES showing how mobile computing power is rapidly intersecting where the desktop is in terms of clock speed. My laptop has dual-core chip clocked at 2.4GHz. My next phone might be just as fast. Motorola's phone that pretends it's a laptop? It's gonna seem like a fake-y faker fake in a year. [TI, TI]