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Thursday, 13 January 2011 09:23

TI plans dual-core OMAP 4440 at 1.5GHz

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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Gigahertz wars in sight
Tegra 2 is the only Cortex A9 based dual-core chip that is actually shipping and you can even buy some products based on it. Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 Cortex A9 based dual-core chip clocked at 1GHz is also supposed to ship in Q1 2011 in USA, inside the RIM Playbook Blackberry tablet.

It gets more interesting as Texas instrument already announced a faster iteration of the Cortex A9 based dual-core chip, this time clocked at 1.5GHz. The company calls it the OMAP 4440 and it is again a 45nm chip. Just as TI 4430 it plays 1080P in HD in 2D video but in can also play 1080P in Stereoscopic 3D video. The 1GHz clocked TI4430 can only support 720P Stereoscopic 3D video.

The 1.5GHz clock also brings support for 12Mpixel stereo camera, and of course you will need two cameras for that. In comparison, TI4430 clocked at 500MHz slower speed can only cope with 5MegaPixel 3D camera.

We can expect that graphics based on PowerVR 540 core at 1.5 GHz also gets tremendously faster. PowerVR 540 core should be three to four times faster than PowerVR 530 core, but we will try to get some real numbers.

We reckon that TI 4440 can show its face later this year, and it is kind of natural to expect that Nvidia and other ARM players can do the same 1.5GHz clock if not even higher.

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+5 #1 loadwick 2011-01-13 12:17
Its good to see these improvements but where are the small die processes? It feels like we've been at 45nm forever!

The big step up in performance will come when we have 28nm, should reduce power draw too.

That is why i am so suprised Intel is so far off the pace in this market as their much more advanced fabs could probably make 22nm chips today if they wanted to.
 
 
+1 #2 RickyT23 2011-01-13 14:44
Quoting loadwick:
That is why i am so suprised Intel is so far off the pace in this market as their much more advanced fabs could probably make 22nm chips today if they wanted to.


They are prolonging the life of their market. They have already got the fastest processors and the more powerful brand. So they will just tick along running a step ahead of the competition, taking the largest market share etc. Straight ecenomics of business!
 
 
+2 #3 loadwick 2011-01-13 16:48
Not sure what you mean there RickyT23. I certainly wouldn't agree with you that Intel has 'the fastest processors' not in the smart phone areana thats for sure.

I agree that Intel often 'lets' the competion have some market share like they did with AMD Athlon and like they are doing again with Bulldozer. If Intel didn't want to let AMD in the game then they would have replaced LGA-1366 already but they are going slow to let AMD earn some much need money.
 
 
-1 #4 Jurassic1024 2011-01-13 19:24
Quoting loadwick:
Its good to see these improvements but where are the small die processes? It feels like we've been at 45nm forever!

The big step up in performance will come when we have 28nm, should reduce power draw too.

That is why i am so suprised Intel is so far off the pace in this market as their much more advanced fabs could probably make 22nm chips today if they wanted to.



Intel is not in the same market. Intel does x86 only, and Atom is no match for these chips for what they do and where they are used.
 
 
0 #5 loadwick 2011-01-13 23:25
Let me rephrase, i am surprised that Intel are not in this market but i do think its only a matter of time, probably very different from Atom but when you are 2 or 3 years ahead of the competition in lithography then even inefficient poorly designed chips can still be faster and use less power than chips twice the size. Not to mention that Intel’s profit margins are far larger than anyone else's as they own their own fabs and advanced lithography often results in small die sizes.

Time will tell.
 
 
0 #6 Cartman 2011-01-14 10:13
Quoting loadwick:
Not sure what you mean there RickyT23. I certainly wouldn't agree with you that Intel has 'the fastest processors' not in the smart phone areana thats for sure.

I agree that Intel often 'lets' the competion have some market share like they did with AMD Athlon and like they are doing again with Bulldozer. If Intel didn't want to let AMD in the game then they would have replaced LGA-1366 already but they are going slow to let AMD earn some much need money.


MMM wasnt Athlon 64 killer of Intel in its time?
And you tell here that was lets' the competion have some market share
yea right :), Athlon 64 was first 64 bit processor for us normal customers...
 
 
0 #7 loadwick 2011-01-14 11:59
Intel needs healthy competitors. Thats why when AMD was ready to go under Intel invested (bought shares) a huge amount into AMD. (same reason Microsoft did that to Apple many years ago).

I am not saying that from time to time a company like AMD can't come up with a great chip to take down Intel for a while but what i am saying is IF Intel wanted to it could wipe AMD out and still make profit.

Intel owns its own fabs so no 3rd party to take profit, its die process is much small (been 32nm for over a year and soon 22nm) so die size is much small, IF they wanted to they could massively under cut AMD as Intel's chips are much cheaper to make but they 'let' AMD have their market share.

Give me one reason why Intel has taken so long to replace LGA-1366.
 
 
-1 #8 loadwick 2011-01-14 12:10
In my view it is because there was no need to as nothing could touch it but more importantly Intel doesn't want to pull too far ahead of AMD or they will get done for monopolising the market so they slow down, let AMD catch up, maybe even over take with their new Bulldozer, let AMD make some money and then come back with LGA-2011.

I am not some Intel fanyboy, my MB, CPU and GPU are all AMD as they offer the best value for money but its only because Intel allows AMD this market. You never wondered why Intel's chips are half the size of AMDs, they have better yeilds and yet are never cheaper?
 
 
0 #9 Cartman 2011-01-14 14:27
U explained very nice and i agree with the most...

But you can thank to stupid customers that buy Intel too much for all that, and most of those peope doesnt know diffrence between single and quad core cpu

In my opinion Intel is better in stuff that most normal people dont use...
Normal people wouldn see diffrence between i7 and P2
And testing in benchmarks means 0 to me, companies with money can buy every bench they want
 
 
-1 #10 Bl0bb3r 2011-01-15 02:29
loadwick, while it might be true what you've said, it still doesn't explain why intel were so excited to stop AMD by challenging their license in the GF spin-off! Remember, the "sorry AMD, your license will expire in 10 days" headline that was all over the internet?

Believe me, they are scared of AMD. Why? Because they have to make multiple dev teams and they have to expand in order to stay ahead... which costs money and makes a lot of bossies bark louder than they should.

More like what Cartman, and add to that incentives for sales people... give them money and they will shove Pentium 3's down people's... bags!
 

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