Texas Instruments OMAP5 Demo at MWC 2012

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Charbax of armdevices.net has uploaded a very interesting video with an OMAP5430 demo and an interview at Texas Instruments booth at MWC 2012.

Using the OMAP5 development kit, they demo several 3D applications, the web browser and the picture gallery and it looks extremely smooth.

They discussed about the OMAP5 vs Tegra 3 benchmark, and it appears mobile web browsers are not yet optimized for more than 2 cores which could explain the performance difference somewhat.

The OMAP5 currently runs at 800 MHz, but there will eventually be 2 versions: 1.7 and 2.0 GHz when the OMAP 5 AP is released. This should show a performance improvement of over 4x against the Tegra 3, although I’m sure in the meantime, Nvidia will have announced the Tegra 4 (Wayne).

The OMAP 5 also offers impressive improvement in power consumption, as the SGX544 GPU cores are augmented by a dedicated 2D hardware-accelerated composition engine which can lower power consumption by as much as 10x for specific tasks. OMAP 5 is also expected to use 40% less power than OMAP 4.

Products based on OMAP 5 processor should be available by Q4 2012 or Q1 2013.

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