This is obviously the best phone ever released. I’ll try to get it soon so that I can test Ice Cream Sandwich and film my own video-reviews. Until then, check it out here:
This is obviously the best phone ever released. I’ll try to get it soon so that I can test Ice Cream Sandwich and film my own video-reviews. Until then, check it out here:
Andy Frame is interviewing me on ARM’s official YouTube Channel about my ARM Powered devices used for video-blogging and live video streaming from consumer electronics trade-shows.
List of devices featured in this video:
- Headmounted Display: Kopin Golden-i, OMAP3530 based, provides SVGA screen at eye-level for real-time monitoring of an IRC chat for asking better questions
- Headmounted Logitech c910 Webcam connected to the ARM Powered One Laptop Per Child XO-1.75, Marvell Armada 618 based, live-streaming the webcam video feed to http://ustream.tv (an optimal Headmounted computer, maybe Motorola’s next version, can include the webcam and Android based software to live-stream the video to any live video streaming service built-in)
- Archos 101 G9, OMAP4430/OMAP4460 1Ghz to 1.5Ghz tablet, similar specs as in the Galaxy Nexus but in a 10.1″ tablet form factor. Starts $269 unlocked no contract for 8″. This is probably my favorite high-end tablet at the moment. I’ll post my full video-review of the Archos 101 G9 in the next few days.
- Archos 70 Internet Tablet, OMAP3630 1Ghz single core, released about 13 months ago. I use this tablet every day as 7″ tablets fit in any jacket pocket. Thus I mostly use this for checking emails, web browsing, watching video, playing games, using apps when I am outside. I am looking forward to upgrade this to a dual-core 7″ tablet.
- My $87 FG8 Android Smartphone, it’s my main smartphone for the past 7 months since I found it in Shenzhen China. It supports Dual-SIM cards (so I can use my home and foreign SIM numbers at the same time, or use voice SIM and data SIM at the same time), has a decent 3.5″ capacitive touch screen, uses the wildly popular in China Mediatek MTK6516 ARM9 processor. I’m looking forward upgrading this to a Galaxy Nexus (because I am eager to try Ice Cream Sandwich) or to a newer faster 3G-capable sub-$100 Android phone.
- ZTE MF61 T-Mobile USA 4G HSPA+ Hotspot, $50 for 3GB/month pre-paid, $141 for the device, no contract.
Texas Instruments is launching a $5 ARM Cortex-A8, it’s re-optimized for specific tasks, it can go in tablets, but it can also be used in industrial and medical applications, and certain custom uses, where this can be thought of a high-end microprocessor yet very low cost, it starts at $5 for ordering 100 thousand units. It’s an ARM Cortex-A8 performance for industrial applications at the cost and power usage of ARM9 Microprocessor. TI’s Beagleboard.org community is launching the new $89 BeagleBone to develop on this platform. Watch this 20-minute presentation of this project by TI’s Jakob Alamat, director of marketing for TI’s ARM Microprocessor Sitara platform:
B Labs can run 2x Android OS, for example one secure business install and one for personal use, or to run Android and a version of Linux.
This is how I was walking around the ARM TechCon 2011, with the OMAP3530 Powered Kopin Golden-i Headmounted display (voice-controlled and with head-tracking) to monitor the live Ustream IRC chat, a USB webcam on my head streaming live video to Ustream through the Marvell Armada 618 Powered OLPC XO-1.75 in my bag (using another netbook when Marvell was showcasing the XO-1.75 at their booth), a T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot ($50/3GB/month/prepaid/$141-Mifi), and my nearly 4-year old Sanyo HD1000 (9mbitps 720p) with the external Sennheiser MKE400 shotgun microphone.
I also have the new higher quality JVC GC-PX10 but its 24/36mbitps 1080p50 recording bitrate is too high to upload on the relatively slow upload speed at this conference. At the San Francisco Downtown University Campus last weekend, the upload speed was 100mbitps so there I filmed all 16 videos at the OLPC Summit with that camera, for most of which you can even download the full original camera sample video file using Google Docs separately linked under each video.
The OMAP5 ARM Cortex-A15 processor is taped out, they are about to show impressive samples soon, they will then be tweaking and optimizing it before release in commercial products within about a year. OMAP4 is being launched in the Motorola Razr and in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phones, each more awesome than the other. Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 works awesomely on OMAP4, Honeycomb 3.2 tablets like the Archos 101 G9 are being released now, TI is also looking forward to power products such as Laptops that run Chrome OS, Ubuntu and Windows 8.
They are showing Ubuntu 11.10 running on the Toshiba AC100, and Ubuntu 11.10 Server Edition running on the OMAP4 Pandaboard.
The TI OMAP4 team answers some of my OMAP4 related questions. Check back in the next 3 days for some Texas Instruments related videos to be posted from here at the ARM Technology Conference.
- What caused the delay for OMAP4460 1.5Ghz availability?
TI collaborates consistently with customers, ensuring the resulting products are effectively leveraging the OMAP platform to meet their device needs. The OMAP4460 processor is capable of running up to 1.5GHz. Devices on the market today are leveraging that same processor at 1.2GHz. Expect OMAP4460 processor-based devices running at 1.5GHz in the near future.
- Are OMAP4 at 1.2Ghz OMAP4460 or OMAP4430 type? How does Video playback, GPU, memory bandwidth differ between 1.2Ghz and 1.5Ghz for OMAP4? Any other differences other than clock frequency?
Both the OMAP4430 and OMAP4460 processors are clocked at 1.2GHz in recently announced devices, the Droid RAZR and Samsung Galaxy Nexus respectively. Experiences are fairly consistent with both clock speeds, but the 1.5GHz gives an extra boost. The main upgrades to the OMAP4460 processor are an increased GPU performance and improved external memory access performance.
- How much faster is the OMAP4460 memory bandwidth compared to the Tegra2 devices that are on the market? Are we talking 7.5Gbitps vs 2.5Gbitps? Which other improvements would you say OMAP4460 provides over Tegra2?
The OMAP4460 processor delivers class-leading, dual-channel LPDDR2 memory architecture, vastly superior to competitive offerings, including Tegra 2. This memory capacity mixes with our smart-multicore approach in using specialized hardware to offload tasks from the main ARM processor to meet lower power consumption. Our video accelerator plus dual Cortex-M3 cores present a good example: all video standards are accelerated without using the main ARM MHz, and we achieve lower power than competitive devices that use more of the main ARM. Even with a fifth core, competition will still consume more power than dedicated hardware.
The OMAP4460 processor also includes 13 video decoders in the hardware – 4X the support of competitive offerings – and the highest level of mobile security for end-to-end protection. The OMAP 4 platform’s fully end-to-end security and video performance were key to its use in the Motorola Droid RAZR—the first device certified to stream premium Netflix content in HD. Click here for our related Mobile Momentum post.
- How does OMAP4460 compare with Samsung Exynos 4210 1.2Ghz in the Samsung Galaxy S2 (european version)? How does it compare with Qualcomm MSM8660 1.5Ghz in Samsung Galaxy S2 (us version)?
First, I’d like to add that the OMAP4430 is leveraged in the Samsung Galaxy S2 (Asia version), as well. The differentiators mentioned in the above question/response apply here as well. Since OMAP4460 processor-based devices are not yet on store shelves, there are no public benchmarks available at this time. However, we can say that the performance + power balance of the OMAP4460 exceeds that of competitors, similar to how its predecessors do on devices today. For example, we see today that Qualcomm’s MSM8260 graphics performance enables about 75 percent of what OMAP4430 processors can enable. Qualcomm claims a 1.5x performance improvement for the MSM8960 Adreno225, the resulting performance will land between that of OMAP4430 and the OMAP4470 capabilities. TI will still lead with the graphics performance of the OMAP4460 and OMAP4470 offerings.
- How does OMAP4460 compare with Apple A5 in iPhone 4S? How does OMAP4460 SGX540 compare with the Apple A5 SGX544? Is the OMAP4 configuration higher clock frequency on the GPU?
The architecture of the OMAP platform as a whole hinges on a sophisticated balance between the best performance and ultra-low power consumption. We’ve spent a decade+ perfecting this balance. We are not in the business of speeds and feeds, where merely cranking up a core’s speed is acceptable or appropriate. At TI, we believe that the GPUs, the CPUs and every other element in the platform must be in sync to achieve optimal performance across the system. And, we consistently deliver on that—finely tuning the performance levels to what each OMAP processor chassis ideally supports.
With that said, we’ve seen competitors increase, for example, their GPU performance with dramatic trade-offs. Those trade-offs typically mean larger die sizes—some at ~50% larger than the OMAP4460 processor—and greater power consumption, which in turn incur higher costs for the OEM and higher power loss for the end user. What’s more, end device applications have not yet caught up with the highest graphics performance delivered by these competitors. So, the competitive solutions are increasing costs, board space and power usage to provide performance that cannot be used by the end consumer.
TI, instead, remains focused on delivering OMAP processors with performance that is viable and highly-effective for our customers and, ultimately, their customers—the end user. Staying with the GPU example, the OMAP4460 processer includes the SGX540 GPU with dual channel memory and DSS. This graphics core is running at an increased speed compared to its preceding performance on the OMAP4430—delivering greater performance without draining power. This OMAP capability, along with the platform’s overall smart multicore architecture and offloading to cores more appropriate for tasks is a part of why the OMAP4460 is used in Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich GED—the Galaxy Nexus. The OMAP4460 competitively provided the best performance on all fronts within the ideal power envelope.
- How does OMAP4460 1.5Ghz compare with some of the latest Intel Atom in a netbook form factor? Can we run unlimited amounts of tabs in Chrome OS and Ice Cream Sandwich full screen HD web browsers?
The OMAP architecture is built upon the high performance + low power balance. The latter part of that equation is one that some competitors – including Intel – have yet to prove on mobile form factors. Yes, we can support multiple tabs on HD browsers.
- Is Flash11 fully hardware accelerated on OMAP4 yet? How soon is it ready? Does it mean 1080p Flash plays 100% smoothly in full screen on Android?
TI and Adobe have a deep working relationship, and currently have Flash video fully accelerated supporting 1080p Flash video. TI will continue to optimize the performance as new generations of Flash are released.
- Which benchmarks in Android show the full performance of OMAP4460? Are there any tweaks that you, Google or manufacturers can make to improve benchmark results for how OMAP4460 devices should compare with Tegra2, Exynos 4210, MSM8660 devices?
The only announced OMAP4460 processor device is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Because this device has not launched, there are no public performance benchmarks currently available.
- How does OMAP4460 1.5Ghz compare with Nvidia Tegra3 Kal-El? How does OMAP4470 1.8Ghz compare with it? Is it correct to consider that an OMAP4470 dual-core 1.8Ghz mostly performas faster than a Tegra3 quad-core 1.2Ghz? How soon are you shipping OMAP4470 and is it nearly fully compatible with OMAP4460 designs making the upgrade relatively simple for manufacturers?
As mentioned in the above response, the OMAP4460 and OMAP4470 processors offer various benefits over Nvidia’s comparative solutions. The OMAP4460 processor delivers class-leading, dual-channel LPDDR2 memory architecture, vastly superior to competitive offerings, including Tegra 2. This memory capacity mixes with our smart-multicore approach in using specialized hardware to offload tasks from the main ARM processor to meet lower power consumption. Our video accelerator plus dual Cortex-M3 cores present a good example: all video standards are accelerated without using the main ARM MHz, and we achieve lower power than competitive devices that use more of the main ARM. Even with a fifth core, competition will still consume more power than dedicated hardware. The OMAP4460 processor also include 13 video decoders in the hardware – 4X the support of competitive offerings – and the highest level of mobile security for end-to-end protection.
Moving to the next generation, the OMAP4470 processor is not just faster ARM speed. It is optimized for large screen form factors with 2D/3D accelerators and dual-channel memory. An example is a 1080p VTC with UI composition on a WUXGA screen – this uses up to 5GBps of memory. Competitors’ processors with single-channel memory simply cannot deliver, and dual-channel, non-interleaved competitive solutions run out of steam as well.
The OMAP4470 processor is expected to sample in the second half of 2011, with devices expected to hit the market in first half 2012. The OMAP4470 processor has complete pin-to-pin hardware and software compatibility, allowing rapid transition and maximum re-use of investment from OMAP4430 and OMAP4460 processors.
- I’d understand that Google does not let you say, but if OMAP4460 is reference platform for Ice Cream Sandwich, does that mean Android 4.0 can be used for Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, Set-top-boxes and combinations thereof also? Any thing to say about how advanced you have become working with Linaro, with Canonical, Google on Chrome OS or Google TV (if those aren’t yet fully combined in Ice Cream Sandwich)?
TI’s OMAP4460 processor is indeed the processor of choice for Ice Cream Sandwich. Check out our Mobile Momentum blog post for more: click here. We envision Android 4.0 running on a slew of OMAP 4 processor-based form factors, from smartphones to tablets, ultra-thin computing devices and more. In terms of the last part of your questions, we can’t comment on any engagements beyond those that are public. What’s more – we’re excited that the OMAP4460 processor is the processor of choice for the first Android OS that can port from Smartphones to Tablets.
Overall, we have very strong, working relationships with the groups you mentioned.
The new awesome Samsung Galaxy Nexus was just unveiled in Hong Kong. It has an amazing 1280×720 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED screen, LTE/HSDPA+ and runs on the new Texas Instruments OMAP4460 1.2Ghz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. This is what TI’s Vice President of OMAP platform business unit Remi El-Ouazzane has to say about this:
Today is a great day for our collaboration with Google…The long-awaited Android 4.0 release is finally being revealed with the OMAP4460 processor powering the absolutely gorgeous Samsung Galaxy Nexus device. I am so excited about this launch. What I may be the most excited by is not only the ability to converge to one Android release for both smartphones and tablets, but to be able to pack that level of performance across graphics or video on an HD screen and within the power envelope of a smartphone device…This is where our OMAP smart multicore architecture makes a huge difference. At the end of the day, brute force (number of cores, for instance) does not rival sophistication.
and a further statement from TI:
Today, TI proudly revealed a major OMAP platform milestone: yes, the highly-anticipated Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” release runs on the OMAP4460 processor. This advancement is an exceptional demonstration of what OMAP processors uniquely do, and what separates them from competitors in the mobile processing world: the ability to provide hardware-integrated security, distinctive and advanced imaging features, enhanced memory and more, all on a smart multicore architecture.
Here are some of my impressions and expectations for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich:
- This means Samsung can maybe “easily” update processor speed to 1.5Ghz and maybe also later to the OMAP4470 1.8Ghz when those faster OMAP4 processors become available.
- I don’t know how fast Samsung can manufacture these screens and how much it costs them, my guess is this screen is the most expensive Super AMOLED yet, and I guess that Super AMOLED is already quite a bit more expensive than LCD and I wonder if Samsung is able to manufacture enough of these screens to not create major shortages for the availability of this Galaxy Nexus worldwide for the months to come. If there is one phone worth queuing up for if you want to be sure to get one in the first weeks/months at release, this may be it.
- They haven’t yet shown what happens when you connect to HDTV output, I wonder if the “pins” on the side provide HDMI and data output/input or/and if an MHL connector takes care of this like on the Samsung Galaxy S2. I expect the full Motorola Atrix type Laptop Dock, Desktop Dock, Multimedia Dock, all those features are likely part of Android 4.0, which is why I think Ice Cream Sandwich means the merger of Android with Chrome OS and Google TV.
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus is likely going to be expensive. This is not news though for high-end smartphones, those are all ridiculously expensive today. But that’s just how things are, and they are able to sell tens of millions at those expensive prices. Consider that you are paying $2000 to $3000 for this phone with a 2 year contract. Considering the possibility that Samsung may not be able to manufacture enough of those 720p HD Super AMOLED screens, they may even purposefully increase the price even further at launch.
I just checked the latest price on the Archos 80 G9 tablet (the basic 1Ghz 8GB version), and wow, it seems to be just $269 now on Amazon.com
It currently says:
Ships from and sold by CircuitCity.
The Archos 101 G9 1Ghz 8GB is also now for sale on Archos.com for $369 at this URL: http://store.archos.com/10070_101g9_landing.php
Consider that the 1.2Ghz Turbo version with 16GB and 250GB hard drive will also start becoming available later this month. And that the 1.5Ghz version should start being for sale around December normally. The faster Turbo versions having more storage will obviously be a little bit more expensive.
I hope to get my Archos G9 tablet within a few days, and then I’ll post my full video-review. For now you can see my short overview video that I filmed of early pre-release prototypes of these tablets last July: