updated 12:05 am EST, Fri January 13, 2012
TI OMAP5 to ARM Cortex-A15
TI has teased its first practical OMAP5 reference hardware. The dual-core, dual-graphics ARM-Cortex A15 device shown to Engadget by VP Remi El-Ouazzane was capable of playing 1080p content at 64 frames per second and ran Android 4.0. The executive anticipated it being fast enough at 800MHz to rival a Cortex-A9 chip at 1.5GHz, overshadowing Apple's A5.
"This is the greatest platform on Earth right now... way ahead of Apple," he said during a live interview.
The hardware wasn't yet ready for smartphone-class hardware. Its reference device is an inch thick, and El-Ouazzane first expected it in tablets, ultrabooks, and other relatively large devices. Along with Android, it was running Windows 8 and could be on the market in late 2012 or early 2013.
While claiming a technical edge over Apple, the difference is likely to be short-lived. Apple is widely though to be readying the A6 for its 2012 iOS devices and could either take TI's route or go to quad-core. The A6 could use a 28-nanometer manufacturing process that would make it viable for tablets and smartphones.