Category: Texas Instruments

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Windows RT on OMAP4470 Texas Instruments 1.5Ghz ARM Cortex-A9 Tablet

Posted by Charbax – January 20, 2012

Here's Windows 8 on an ARM Powered Tablet, running on the Texas Instruments OMAP4470 1.8Ghz processor with the SGX544 GPU. This is the first time that I saw the OMAP4470 in a tablet and it's the first time that I briefly touched Windows 8 on an ARM Powered tablet (as you can hear in the video, I wasn't supposed to be allowed to touch it). Look forward to much more on OMAP4470 and Windows 8 on ARM in the months to come.

Augmented Video-blogging Hangout featuring the Kopin Golden-i at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 16, 2012

Here's a Google+ Hangout recorded while at the Kopin Golden-i reception held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas during CES 2012. Demonstrating and talking about my Augmented Video-blogging using their device, and other uses of this headmounted display device and other news from the CES. You can fast forward to about 34 minutes 40 seconds in for the demo by Motorola Solutions's Product Lead on the Golden-i, Nicole Tricoukes, explaining how the Golden-i headmounted computer works and what Motorola Solutions plans to target it for when they plan to mass produce it and release it in the second half of the year (you can watch her TEDx presentation)

Toshiba Excite X10 launched in the USA, OMAP4430 1.2Ghz thinnest lightest 10.1″ Tablet

Posted by Charbax – January 15, 2012

The Toshiba engineers use a magnesium casing and a new type of display where they are directly bonding the touch panel to the display itself, eliminating the air-gap between those two, helping them to get it to be really thin and really light.

Motorola Kopin Golden-i at the Verizon booth at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 14, 2012

The Motorola Kopin Golden-i is being showcased at the Verizon booth at CES 2012, demonstrating hands-free wearable computing user interfaces for Industrial uses such as Construction, Medical, Public safety, Utilities and more. I've been using this for the past 2 months to attempt to have a wearable computing augmented video-blogging system, using Google+ Hangouts On Air with the headmounted display showing a live chat and live status updates from Google+, Twitter, Email alerts and more.

Always Innovating OMAP4 HDMI Dongle

Posted by Charbax – January 12, 2012

Always Innovating fits the Texas Instruments OMAP4 motherboard with all the needed features for a Desktop, Set-top-box and 3D home console into a USB stick sized device that connects to the HDMI port of your HDTV and gets power from USB. It has Bluetooth for Bluetooth keyboards and game controllers. Its USB can do USB host.

Huawei Ascend P1 and P1 S, OMAP4460 1.5Ghz with 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen

Posted by Charbax – January 10, 2012

This may be the thinnest high-end Smartphone in the world, it may also be priced very competitively if Huawei aims at making this phone price competitive. I'm guessing it might be sold between $300 and $400 unlocked. It's being released in Europe, Asia and the US for the GSM HSPA+ networks, unlocked and on contract. This is basically the Galaxy S2 screen in a device with more than the Galaxy Nexus performance. MHL connector, SIM card slot on top, MicroSD card slot. And an amazing 6-7mm thickness, it's pretty awesome.

Texas Instruments to showcase OMAP4470 Powered Tablet running Windows 8 at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2012

Check back here for videos comming up of the 1.8Ghz OMAP4470 in a Tablet running a preview version of Windows 8. Here's the press release:

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) hosts an OMAP4470 processor-based tablet running on a pre-release version of Windows 8 at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, demonstrating how the latest OMAP™ 4 platform distinctly supports Microsoft's new computing experience, Windows 8, that reimagines Windows. Designed specifically to enable the ultimate tablet experience, the OMAP4470 processor's rich multimedia, end-to-end security and powerful multitasking capabilities prove the ideal match for Windows 8 key features including a fast & fluid touch-first user interface, a rich user experience with hardware accelerated graphics, an always-on-always-connected experience, and multiple security enhancements.

Secure, visually-immersive computing in HD

The OMAP4470 platform's smart multicore architecture pairs its main CPUs with several differentiated features including programmable accelerators, hardware composition engines and a dedicated ISP. Imagination Technologies' super-fast PowerVR SGX544 GPU and enhanced memory architecture add still more functionality while an OMAP-specific distributed composition architecture enables advanced image and video layering for crisp, HD visuals. These elements and more are the force behind the OMAP4470 processor's ability to enable fast and fluid multitasking in Windows 8 while maintaining ultra-low power consumption.

As tablets become more prominent in household and enterprise environments, the increased need for rich graphics and imaging is mirrored by the increased need for complete security. Tablets used for cloud-based applications, access to work documents or streaming premium content benefit from the TI's system-level M-Shield™ mobile security technology—providing the highest level of terminal and content security available today. The M-Shield solution also operates a hardware-protected, trusted execution environment (TEE), which does not require a dedicated chip or extra CPU cycles, freeing the CPUs for critical Windows 8 computing functions.

"The always on, always connected experience requires the sophistication of a processing architecture best offered by OMAP technology," said Deepu Talla, general manager, OMAP mobile computing, wireless business unit, TI. "The OMAP4470 processor makes expert use of its smart multicore architecture to enable enhanced PC and mobile computing experiences. Combining the OMAP 4 platform's unique capabilities with Microsoft's seamless interaction of touch, mouse and keyboard via Windows 8 will deliver a streamlined, fast and fluid experience."

"Reimagined, Windows 8 is a fast and fluid, touch-first OS that brings a new range of capabilities without compromise," said Aidan Marcuss, senior director of Windows Core Marketing & Ecosystem, Microsoft Corp. "Our partnership with platform leaders such as TI help take full advantage of ARM architecture, with new capabilities that enable compelling new PCs and user scenarios."

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Variscite’s OMAP4460 SoM now supporting Ubuntu Oneiric

Posted by tdomf_6f838 – December 17, 2011

Variscite just released Ubunto 11.10 Oneiric support for the VAR-SOM-OM44 System on Module. The SoM is based on TI's OMAP4460, 1.5GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9.

Charbax on Twit

Posted by Charbax – December 12, 2011

Here again, now Twit posted the video on the official channel, so here it is, when you click the play button below, it should start at the right time-code 35 minutes 17 seconds when I first appear on the show, where I get to talk to Leo Laporte and Sarah Lane on the Twit show at LeWeb 2011!

On Twit, I get to talk with Leo Laporte and Sarah Lane about the legalization of piracy in Switzerland, in France, about the latest Archos G9 and Arnova G2 devices and I get to show off my headmounted Motorola Kopin Golden-i system for augmented video-blogging.

I was on Twit!

Posted by Charbax – December 10, 2011

You can see me starting at 9 minutes 45 seconds time code in following Twit Live video recorded at LeWeb 2011, I'm interviewed by Leo Laporte and Sarah Lane! This video features some of my talk about Switzerland legalizing piracy, France implementing the global licence to legalize piracy, Archos, my headmounted Kopin Golden-i computer, live stream and augmented video-blogging system.

Source: recorded video on

I'll post the YouTube embed if Twit and LeWeb release it separately on YouTube.