System on Module, not an actual device
Variscite was happy to let us know that they are shipping their first system on module based on Texas Instruments’ 1.5GHz OMAP 4 4460 chip.
Texas Instruments told Fudzilla that these devices should make appearance in the fall of 2011, here, and it turns out that they have met the launch schedule at least with this module. We will probably have to wait a few weeks before we see the new chip in phones and tablets, but this is a good start.
The module that Variscite is proudly shipping has 1GB dual channel LPDDR2 memory support, which definitely beats any DDR based ARM dual core chip on market and it can do full HD 1080p even in stereoscopic 1080 mode, including encoding and decoding capability. The IVA 3 multimedia accelerator is responsible for 1080p and 1080p Stereoscopic 3D acceleration.
The integrated imagination PowerVR SGX540 graphics core works at 384MHz is the same graphics that you can see in TI OMAP 4430 clocked at 1GHz, and it ends up slower than iPad 2 / iPhone 4S SGX 543 MP2 graphics.
Still Tegra 3 aka Kal-El should feature the fastest graphics on market, but we are not sure that graphics plays a key buying decision for a lot of consumers. OMAP 4460 supports up to 20Mpixel cameras and the chip looks quite good, but we will still be happy to see it actually shipping in a device.
Until then you can go to this page here, and order one if you want to develop something for TI4460. Linux 2.6, Android and Ubuntu Maverick are supported and there is no sign of Window 8 support, I guess it’s too early for that.
You can check it out here