Check this out cause it’s actually awesome. This is a concept device, integrating a Texas Instruments OMAP3530 processor platform running Android, WiFi, Bluetooth, into a lamp that takes power from any lamp. It’s a lamp, but it projects Android and apps to the wall, any video. Find more information about Seco at http://seco.it
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This is the first OMAP4 dual-core module for the embedded form factor market for theindustrial environment for the mobile and automotive markets. Thanks to Seco’s pression on the q7 consortium, people can now swap the x86 module for an ARM architecture, it works for Windows, Android and Linux OS. Find more information at http://www.seco.it/
Check this out. This is the full Windows on ARM platforms developed by Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and Nvidia. Microsoft demonstrates a recompiled version of Microsoft Office for ARM, some other apps, talks about how it will support all the apps on ARM, this is awesome.
Check out this interesting GLBenchmark 2.0 at anandtech.com, they compare the performance in benchmarks for following devices:
- Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy S using SGX540
- myTouch 4G and T-Mobile G2 using Adreno 205
- iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad using SGX535
- Nokia N900 and Motorola Droid using SGX530
- Nexus One, Optimus One and HTC EVO 4G using Adreno 200
Not in the benchmark, Droid X, Droid 2 and the Archos Gen8 Tablets have SGX535.
It will be interesting to see what will happen once possibly more competition comes with ARM Mali-400 in the upcoming ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processors and where its performance might be. Also I’d like to know what kind of performance Tegra 2 does for this 3D stuff. What Qualcomm Adreno 220 is cooking for its upcoming dual-core Snapdragons. And what 3D on-die GPU Marvell is going to use (supposedly does 200 million triangles per second) in its upcoming 628 Tri-core processor.
Find the full GLBenchmark 2.0 article over at: anandtech.com
- Samsung Hummingbird declared fastest chip by GLBenchmark 2.0 (intomobile.com)
- LG Optimus 2X Preview: The Most Powerful Android Phone (brighthub.com)
Texas Instruments OMAP4440 ARM Cortex-A9 at 1.5Ghz, improves Web Page load times by 30% over OMAP4430
TI just unveiled their most advanced ARM Cortex-A9 processor yet in the 1.5Ghz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 OMAP4440 processor and SoC platform. Performance improvements over their OMAP4430 includes:
- 1.25x increase in graphics performance
- 30% decrease in webpage load time
- 2x increase in 1080p video playback performance
- 50% increase in clock speeds, as fast as 1.5 GHz per ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™
I’m hoping this means this processor is definitely fast enough for full 1080p h264 high profile at the highest bitrates in MKV containers. 30% faster web page loading times is important for Laptop, Desktop and Tablet form factors with large high resolution screens for this processor to be optimal choice for Chrome OS, Honeycombe Tablets and Google TV type devices.
TI’s Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president, OMAP platform business unit said following in their official press release:
We seized an opportunity to enhance the platform capabilities driving the OMAP4430 processor’s success today. As OMAP4430 processor-based products hit the market in first half 2011, we’re arming our customers with a huge performance boost via an easy migration to OMAP4440 processor for their next wave of exciting devices. The resulting user experiences will radically impact how consumers continue to integrate mobile technology into their daily lives.
OMAP4440 processor: Primed for upgraded mobile user experiences
The OMAP 4 platform is a highly-optimized system-on-chip (SOC) leveraging two ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore general-purpose processors, reaching speeds of 1.5 GHz per core, complemented by two ARM Cortex-M3 cores to power-efficiently offload time-critical and control tasks. High-performance multimedia capabilities are provided by programmable cores including a POWERVR™ 3D graphics engine, TI IVA 3 for high-definition/multi-standard video, TI image signal processor (ISP) for high-quality/high-megapixels imaging, TI low-power audio processor and TI digital signal processor (DSP) based on the TI C64x DSP for natural user interface and signal processing innovations optimized for mobile applications.
The OMAP 4 platform efficiently supports concurrent, high-performance processing and high-definition multimedia with dual, high-bandwidth memory channels. The platform is secured with TI M-Shield™ security, and delivers high performance within the small power budget of mobile devices by leveraging TI SmartReflex™ power and performance management technologies. As the second member of the OMAP 4 product family, the OMAP4440 processor’s upgraded features and benefits include:
|Two ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCores™ optimized to 1.5 GHz each||50% increase in overall performance; 33% reduction in webpage load time|
|End-to-end graphics acceleration enhancement (triangles per second, fill rate and shaders)||25% increase in overall graphics performance|
|Support for HDMI v1.4 3D modes||Full 1080p HD S3D playback to 3D TV|
|1080p60 video format support||2x higher performance video playback|
|Support for up to two 12-megapixel cameras in parallel||Higher stereoscopic resolution encode enabling stereo photography, which meets the same resolution previously experienced only with 2D photography|
|IVA 3 multimedia hardware accelerator||Industry’s highest quality video playback at low bit rates|
|Complete pin-to-pin hardware and software compatibility||Easy migration from the OMAP4430 processors|
*Comparative data is relative to the OMAP4430 processor’s performance
The OMAP4440 processor is uniquely positioned to support the widely anticipated mobile video teleconferencing experience. For example, successful mobile video teleconferencing requires a few key components directly addressed by the following OMAP4440 processor features:
|Mobile video teleconferencing component||OMAP4440 processor-enabled feature|
|High-quality mobile video conferencing||Improved video quality in low-light conditions; video stabilization|
|Chat software (i.e., Skype or Google Talk)||Video codec support includes H.264, VP7, H.263, SVC, and more|
|Peer-to-peer (1 local user with one other user) chat functionality||1080p mobile video conferencing|
|Multi-chat (1 local user with up to 4 other users) functionality||720p resolution with stereo audio support|
|Cloud access for simultaneous application support (e.g., browsing the web while chatting or document sharing)||Optimized symmetric multiprocessing architecture to deliver low latency and high bandwidth support|
Availability and pricing
The OMAP4440 applications processor will sample in first quarter 2011, with production expected by the second half of 2011. These products are intended for high-volume wireless OEMs and ODMs and are not available through distributors.
- TI OMAP4440 processor debuts: 1.5GHz dualcore, 3D 1080p and more (slashgear.com)
- TI’s OMAP4440 processor brings two blazing Cortex-A9 cores to the table (engadget.com)
- Texas Instruments announces dual-core 1.5 GHz OMAP4 for second half of 2011 (androidandme.com)
- TI’s dual-core 1.5GHz OMAP 4440 promises 1080p 3D for phones (electronista.com)
As I told you in yesterday’s MacBreak weekly 221 post, last Sunday as I was in the Silicon Valley to video blog the ARM Technology Conference for my http://ARMdevices.net site, I had fun traveling up to Petaluma and bring Leo Laporte some of the Archos Gen8 tablets (70, 43 and 32) so he could test them out and let his Twit gang also play with them. So that they could compare those with Apple and Samsung tablets. The time code in this “This Week In Google” episode 69 where they start talking about Archos is around the 5th minute.
You can discuss this video in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=40903
As I was in California to video-blog the ARM Technology Conference in Santa Clara on my http://ARMdevices.net, I thought I’d suggest Archos send me some extra Gen8 so that I could use those as excuse to bring them to the Twit Cottage in Petaluma, as I am a fan of the Twit podcasting network, the most advanced high quality production quality podcast network, I watched most of the Twit and Twig shows since 2006. The weekly Twit podcasts (they do about 20 weekly, some even daily podcasts!) are some of the most influential and popular technology audio and video podcasts worldwide.
In this episode of MacBreak Weekly, Leo Laporte, Alex Lindsay, Merlin Mann and Andy Ihnatko discuss the Archos 70 Internet Tablets versus the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab. In the embed below of MacBreak Weekly episode 221, I forward the video to about the 1h01m30s time code when they start talking about the Archos tablets (they mention the Archos 7 Home Tablet Amazon pricing for a few minutes).
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It is released now, available for $174 to developers at http://pandaboard.org deliveries starting at the end of this month.
WebM might eventually become the main video codec for the web, it’s Google’s open source video codec now being hardware accelerated by ARM Processor vendors such as Texas Instruments here demonstrating WebM 1080p playback on the upcoming OMAP4 ARM Cortex-A9 processor in both Android and Ubuntu:
Barnes and Noble just announced the NOOKcolor Android based LCD e-reader. I was wondering what ARM processor platform it may be based on and I just received the confirmation that it is TI’s OMAP3621 600Mhz ARM Cortex A8 at 45nm, it comes with POWERVR 3D graphics acceleration, and TMS320C64x+™ DSP technology for multimedia acceleration. Unlike the ARM11 based Pandigital Novel, this LCD e-reader should have enough power to provide some advanced hardware accelerated smooth user interfaces. The point at which Barnes and Noble and TI can develop smooth user interfaces that take full advantage of hardware acceleration will be interesting to see, as the customized e-reader application layers on top of Android that they have been showing on the NOOKcolor surely are interesting. Things like navigating through color magazines could be very interesting. Of course, I am also looking forward to this type of devices using the Pixel Qi reflective LCD screen technology. Also, it sounds interesting that TI provides OMAP3621 fir e-ink e-readers as well, with boasting of double as much battery runtime for e-ink page turns and with advertising of the fact that they want to support customized Android features for e-ink e-readers.
NOOKcolor runs on TI’s OMAP3621 (ARM Cortex™-A8 processor-based) applications processor—a member of the OMAP™ 3 processor family that was optimized for the consumer market. OMAP3621 delivers a robust, multitasking environment required to simultaneously run the eReader’s new feature-rich applications, which exercise the CPU, multimedia and graphics engines.
NOOKcolor represents the very first commercial launch of a reading-centric product using TI’s OMAP hardware and Android software architecture that we announced at CES 2010. And, today’s announcement is a prime example of how the OMAP 3 technology’s power and performance capabilities are leveraged in new consumer markets.
- Nook Color processor revealed: ARM Cortex A8-based TI OMAP3621 (engadget.com)
- Nook Color Runs On TI’s Cortex A8-Based E-Book Platform (crunchgear.com)
- Barnes & Noble Takes the Wraps Off of Nookcolor and Android Developers Program (technologizer.com)
- Barnes & Noble Unveils Full-Color, Android-Based Nook (mashable.com)
- Barnes & Noble Announces NOOKcolor: 7″ IPS Goodness In A $250 Package (androidpolice.com)
- Barnes & Noble Livens Up E-Reading With NOOKcolor (forbes.com)