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Thursday, 13 October 2011 11:11

OMAP 4460 at 1.5GHz makes an appearance

Written by Fuad Abazovic



System on Module, not an actual device


Israeli company 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.


Last modified on Friday, 14 October 2011 10:55
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-3 #1 FakeJ 2011-10-13 14:14
Awesome processor with a crap GPU. I find this annoying, especially given the number of pixels it will be expected to push in the Nexus Prime (720p).

Considering that the A5 came out back in February with the 543mp2, which is dramatically faster (look at 4S/ipad benchmarks) this seems like a half assed effort (same GPU as 2 yr old A4).
 
 
+3 #2 nele 2011-10-13 14:31
Quoting FakeJ:
Awesome processor with a crap GPU. I find this annoying, especially given the number of pixels it will be expected to push in the Nexus Prime (720p).

Considering that the A5 came out back in February with the 543mp2, which is dramatically faster (look at 4S/ipad benchmarks) this seems like a half assed effort (same GPU as 2 yr old A4).


Not exactly...

The A4 has SGX535 graphics - SGX540 is twice the size, twice as fast... But it's still a bit slower than the SGX543
 
 
0 #3 davidzo 2011-10-14 14:52
The Original SGX535 in the iphone 3GS was only delivering a third of its theoretical peak due to bandwith issues with the single LPDDR interface. The twice as fast 200mhz SGX540 in Samsungs Hummingbird wasn't too much better with only one 32bit LPDDR2 channel.

Omap4s GPU has almost twice the clockspeed (381mhz) but also more than twice the bandwith (dualchannel LPDDR2@533mhz).
That means it Practically kills all Adrenos+Malis and comes very close to Apple SGX543mp2. The SGX 543 may have twice the amount of shaders but still has the same amount of SIMDs. Apple uses a 2-core SGX543 with very low clocks, comparable Frontend performance, theoretically twice the shading power but same bandwith.
 

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