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BlackBerry PlayBook confirmed using class-leading OMAP 4430

updated 08:20 pm EST, Sat January 8, 2011

TI confirms PlayBook using OMAP 4430 chip inside

Texas Instruments on the show floor today identified the mystery dual-core 1GHz processor inside the BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM's tablet uses the OMAP 4430, the first generation of TI's new ARM Cortex-A9 processors. The chip is key to the tablet supporting 1080p video playback both by itself and while juggling many simultaneous tasks.

The addition could have theoretically given it 720p video in stereoscopic 3D, although the LCD on the seven-inch PlayBook doesn't have the 120Hz refresh rate to support the advanced effect. It comes mated to modern PowerVR graphics as well and will help mark the BlackBerry line's first real commitment to gaming.

RIM's choice, along with 1GB of RAM, could put it at the front of tablet performance when the PlayBook ships in or near March. The Motorola Xoom and tablets from LG, MSI and many others will also have dual-core Cortex-A9 processors in the form of the NVIDIA Tegra 2, but it remains to be seen how the two compare in objective tests.

Apple has only been rumored, not confirmed, to be using a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor in the next iPad. [via BGR]



By Electronista Staff
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  1. dliup

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2006

    +6

    and

    And the class lagging BlackBerry tablet OS 1.0 / beta, with no release date.

  1. climacs

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 2001

    -4

    i don't care

    how great your tablet is, what's the app store like?

    apple wins, hands down.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008

    -3

    RIM had said that production rates

    were not going to be very high for 2011 (2 million at most), so even if the PlayBook is a decent tablet, it still won't put a dent in iPad 2 sales. If Apple get the iPad 2 out early this year, they'll have a jump on most of the tablets and rivals are going to have to worry about things like there being enough components for even small production runs. Most of you probably know that even Android smartphones were running into component shortages. There's not going to be a lot of components available for all those companies that are producing tablets.

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