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OMAP 5′s dual A15 cores wipe the floor with four A9s in browsing benchmark

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
OMAP 5

We’ve seen Texas Instrument’s OMAP 5 in action, but we haven’t been able to pit it directly against a competitor. The Dallas company must be growing more and more confident in its product however, as its posted a video demoing its pair of A15 cores alongside an unspecified quad-core A9 part — presumably the Tegra 3. The video shows the next-gen TI part powering through the EEMBC BrowsingBench in 95 seconds, while its opposition takes a whopping 201. What’s more, this thrashing was performed by an 800MHz part — the four A9s were clocked at 1.3GHz. Of course, Tegra 3s are already in shipping products, while the OMAP 5 might not find a home in consumer devices before 2013. It’s also unclear just how much of a hit these new high-powered ARM cores will have on battery life or how much the pair of M4 companion cores helped in the benchmark. Head on after the break to watch a pair of tablets load up 20 websites in quick succession.

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OMAP 5′s dual A15 cores wipe the floor with four A9s in browsing benchmark originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Texas Instruments to close plants in Texas and Japan

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Texas Instruments announced recently that, even though it reported better than expected chip sales during the fourth quarter of 2011, the company will shut down its plants in Texas and in Japan. Texas Instruments has seen an increased demand for its mobile chips but will close the two factories during the next 18 months while increasing its employee numbers at different plants. The move is an effort to cut costs, Reuters said. The company reported a fourth-quarter profit of $298 million, down from $942 million during the same quarter last year. Revenue also fell from $3.53 billion last year to $3.42 billion during the fourth quarter. “Everybody feared we’d end the holiday season with abysmal sales,” Cody Acree, an analyst with Williams Financial, told Reuters. “The reality is that end-demand is better than TI customers had originally feared. We’re not calling for great growth but we’re not heading into the abyss.”

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LG Optimus 3D 2 images leak

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Images and specs of a new LG phone codenamed the “CX2″ were recently leaked. The phone is thought to possibly be the successor to the Optimus 3D and may be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona next month. Pocketnow, which leaked the image and specs, says the CX2 sports a dual-core Texas Instruments processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a NOVA display capable of displaying 3D content, a 5-megapixel camera capable of snapping 3D photos, 8GB of storage, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and support for 21Mbps HSPA+ networks. The phone could launch as soon as this spring, but unfortunately the phone is said to run on Google’s older Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system rather than Ice Cream Sandwich. A second image of the CX2 follows after the break.

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Texas Instruments 2011 Q4 earnings: $3.42 billion in revenue, $298 million in profit

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

It’s that special time of year after CES, when many tech companies regale us with their latest earnings reports. Texas Instruments is the most recent firm to divulge its financials, and while the company isn’t breaking any records, it did beat Wall Street’s expectations. TI pulled in $3.42 billion in revenue, a three percent dip from the previous year, and profit dropped to $298 million from the $942 million it made in Q4 2010. While the company’s spinning the numbers as a positive, stating that orders for its chips are up and its revenue beat estimates, the fact that TI’s closing two manufacturing plants over the next year and a half doesn’t paint such a rosy picture. Of course, if the future with OMAP 5 is as good as we think it is, Texas Instruments should be just fine.

Texas Instruments 2011 Q4 earnings: $3.42 billion in revenue, $298 million in profit originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 23 Jan 2012 18:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Texas Instruments demos new OMAP 5 chipset

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

At the Consumer Electronics Show on Thursday, Texas Instruments showed off the company’s OMAP 5 chipset in a reference platform running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The 28nm system on a chip (SOC) features a dual-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU, 2MB L2 cache, a PowerVR SGX 544MP2 GPU and a dual-channel LPDDR2-533 memory interface. The OMAP 5 supports 24 and 20-megapixel cameras for front and rear 3D HD video recording. It also supports up to 8GB of dual channel DDR3 memory, and includes 3 USB 2.0 ports and a SATA 2.0 controller. “This is the greatest platform on Earth right now… way ahead of Apple, and it’s the first Cortex-A15 (which runs 2x faster than the Cortex-A9) product on the market,” Texas Instruments vice president Remi El-Ouazzane told Engadget. ”When running two Cortex-A15 chips at 800MHz, it’s more or less the same performance as running two Cortex-A9s at 1.5GHz. We’re working on multiple form factors — tablets, thin-and-lights — and we think ARM is going to bring tablets to the masses.” The first devices featuring the OMAP 5 chipset aren’t expected to ship until late 2012 or early 2013.

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MasterImage 3D touts 720p glasses-free 3D smartphone display, WUXGA tablet panel

Friday, January 6th, 2012

3D had its way with CES 2011, and despite throngs of consumers who could not possibly care less, it looks as if the third dimension will be doing its best to seem important at this year’s gala, too. MasterImage 3D has just announced that it’ll be showcasing a pair of new panels here in Las Vegas, with both relying on cell-matrix parallax barrier technology to pull off the “glasses-free” effect. Up first is a CMI-rivaling 720p HD 3D display meant for 4.3-inch smartphones; given the popularity of the EVO 3D, we’re guessing it won’t take HTC too long to snap a couple of these up in a bid to concoct an equally successful successor. Over on the tablet front, there’s a 10.1-incher with a native WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution, but there’s no word yet on any OEMs selecting it for use on their next slate. We’re told that all of the demos given will rely on Texas Instruments’ OMAP4430 and OMAP4460 mobile processors, and not surprisingly, Android will be the OS underneath. We’ll have a gander once the show floor opens up, but something tells us it’ll look precisely like every other glasses-free 3D application: subpar.

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MasterImage 3D touts 720p glasses-free 3D smartphone display, WUXGA tablet panel originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 06 Jan 2012 13:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon GameCommand app ready to take on TegraZone

Thursday, January 5th, 2012
Didn’t think Qualcomm was going to just sit around and let NVIDIA have all the fun, did you? The latter company’s launch of TegraZone — an app portal designed to show off mobile games that work best when using the Tegra 2 dual-core SoC — appears to have inspired the competition, as Qualcomm announced the debut of its dedicated Snapdragon GameCommand app today. The idea is pretty much the same: the app, accessible on phones and tablets, will essentially be a marketplace that offers Snapdragon-optimized games (such as Qualcomm’s GamePack selection) as well as some exclusive content. The app will make its official entrance on the Android Market on January 10th, but will only be available in North America until “a later date.” Texas Instruments, you’re up next. Head to the press release for more details.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon GameCommand app ready to take on TegraZone originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 Jan 2012 07:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Neonode’s NN1001 optical touch controller tracks gestures with any object, ‘gloved fingers’ included

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Neonode’s name isn’t plastered on your spate of gizmos, but if you’ve purchased a touchscreen-based device in the past year or so, there’s a better-than-average chance that it’s technology is tucked within. In the run-up to CES, the outfit is introducing the world’s first ultra-low power single-chip optical touch controller, NN1001. This guy was developed in cooperation with Texas Instruments, specifically designed to shave costs and increase performance / functionality for smartphones, tablets, e-readers and automotive applications. The device has a scanning speed of 1,000 Hz (latency down to one millisecond) and consumes less than 1mW at 100Hz; better still, it’ll track any high-speed multi-touch gesture with any object (including a finger, gloved finger and passive pens). We’re told that it’ll work in single or multiple configurations to support screen sizes up to 20 inches, but there’s no clear view as to what products are lined up to receive it. That said, we’re promised an early look of an automotive application at CES, where it’ll head into the public world in the latter half of 2012.

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Neonode’s NN1001 optical touch controller tracks gestures with any object, ‘gloved fingers’ included originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 18:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba will be major ARM-based Windows 8 partners

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 8, will be the first Windows desktop OS capable of running on both x86 and ARM-based processors. However, a report from DigiTimes on Monday suggests that major Taiwanese vendors such as ASUS may not have a role in developing the new machines at all. It was originally thought that ASUS may have had plans to release an ARM-powered Windows 8 machine in 2013. Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and NVIDIA, three ARM processor builders, are reportedly allowed to choose two notebook partners each, one major and one minor, DigiTimes explained. Qualcomm will work with Samsung and Sony, Texas Instruments plans to team with Toshiba and Samsung, and NVIDIA apparently said it will build ARM-based machines with Lenovo and Acer. The three major computer partners are Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba. Pegatron, Winstron, Compal and Quanta have each initiated research and development in an effort to woo big ARM-based Windows 8 contracts from the aforementioned vendors.

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Cybook prepping Odyssey reader with High Speed Ink System screen

Sunday, October 9th, 2011
Bookeen Odyssey

It looks like Bookeen may finally be through teasing us — the company is preparing to unleash the Odyssey, a reader sporting its High Speed Ink System. The modified Pearl E Ink screen has been shown off multiple times, playing back video and browsing the web. Now it will finally make the transition from interesting tech demo to actual product. Better yet, the 6-inch, full motion-capable screen has been paired with a touch layer, which means it could deliver a tablet-like experience with battery life closer to a traditional e-reader. Underneath the hood is a an 800MHz Cortex A8 processor from Texas Instruments and a WiFi radio, presumably for downloading content and browsing the web. The Odyssey is expect to start shipping in Europe in the next few weeks, but Bookeen has yet to reveal a price. You can check out the machine translated PR at the source link.

Cybook prepping Odyssey reader with High Speed Ink System screen originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 09 Oct 2011 14:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Texas Instruments wraps up purchase of National Semiconductor

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

TI <3's National SemiconductorIn April, Texas Instruments announced its intention to snatch up National Semiconductor for a cool $6.5 billion. Now, almost six months later, the acquisition is complete and TI can tack another few percentage points on to its already market-leading chunk of the analog chip market. At least for now, National will operate as a branch of TI’s analog division, which now accounts for over 50-percent of the company’s revenue, and keep its (reasonably) well known brand name alive. For a few more details on the deal, check out the PR after the break.

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Texas Instruments wraps up purchase of National Semiconductor originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Sep 2011 00:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fossil’s Meta Watch passes the FCC, your magic wristwatch fantasies are about to come true

Thursday, August 25th, 2011
Fossil’s Meta Watch has been beset with delays and defective parts but finally there’s good news — the watches have passed the FCC. The two models (analog and digital) can sync with your Android smartphone or tablet via a Texas Instruments CC2560 Bluetooth controller and are being sold as a “development platform” until enough apps are built to take advantage of the technology. T.I.’s website lists the watches as being available since August 22nd, although we’re not entirely sure what to make of that — it still looks like a pre-order situation to us. In any case, the devices should hopefully start reaching app developers pretty soon. Hey, how about using the internal gyroscopes to bring some genuine wrist-flapping action to Angry Birds?

Fossil’s Meta Watch passes the FCC, your magic wristwatch fantasies are about to come true originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LED coffee table busts a multicolored move (video)

Saturday, July 30th, 2011
LED coffee table busts a multicolored move (video)

It might look like something out of MJ’s Billie Jean, but this colorful LED array won’t be under moonwalking foot — that is, unless the party gets crunk. This colorful grid is actually a table top, brought to you by way of TI’s MSP430 microcontroller, and it knows how to get down. The table is made up of 128 frosted glass cubes, each apparently capable of emitting 16 million colors. Its creators also produced a special beat-detection software, that could very easily have your furniture outshining the bumpers and grinders at your next party. If you’re looking for a little extra something from your coffee table, you can find full build instructions at the source link below.

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LED coffee table busts a multicolored move (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Jul 2011 03:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft may launch own-brand tablet next year

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

It was a sad day when we learned that Microsoft was discontinuing its work on the Courier, a dual-display tablet that had tech fans buzzing. According to a report on Wednesday from DigiTimes, however, the company is still hard at work on a tablet. The Redmond-based software company is said to be cooperating with Texas Instruments and multiple Taiwan-based manufacturers in an attempt to push a Microsoft-branded Windows 8 tablet out to market by the end of 2012. Outside of the Xbox gaming console, Microsoft has not had much luck with consumer hardware in recent years. The company’s line of Zune media players were never widely adopted and its KIN line of messaging phones were cancelled shortly after their release before later returning to Verizon shelves with barely any fanfare. DigiTimes’ sources suggest those failures won’t stop the company from trying, however, and the buzzing tablet space is an obvious next point of attack.

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TI-Nspire CX graphing calculator now shipping, color officially ‘in’

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

It may have been hard to believe when it was announced back in February, but you can rest assured that Texas Instruments’ new color TI-Nspire CX calculator is indeed real, and shipping right now. Assuming you’re ready to make the jump from monochrome, the $165 asking price will buy you a 3.2-inch 320 x 240 display, 100MB of storage, 64MB or memory, and TI’s new version 3.0 operating system that comes complete with 3D graphing capabilities. Of course, TI isn’t completely breaking new ground here — Casio’s had a graphing calculator with a “high res” color screen since way back in 2010.

[Thanks, Michael]

TI-Nspire CX graphing calculator now shipping, color officially ‘in’ originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 02 Jun 2011 08:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Shuttle tablets at Computex 2011 (hands-on)

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Computex 2011 is fast approaching here in Taipei, and today Shuttle introduced a trio of Android-based tablets to complement its fleet of small form factor computers. The 10-inch (WXGA) N10CN12 and 9-inch (XGA) N09CN01 models are both based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 CPU paired with 1GB RAM, and target the consumer market. The 8-inch (SVGA) V08CT01 — a ruggedized tablet for education — features an 800 MHz Texas Instruments Cortex A8 processor and 512MB of memory. Pricing and availability are still up in the air — no surprise considering the Froyo-running devices we handled still felt very much like prototypes. Take a look at our hands-on gallery below and hit the break for the full press release.

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Shuttle tablets at Computex 2011 (hands-on) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 May 2011 15:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG licenses ARM Cortex-A15 and Mali-T604 graphics, starts scheming up mobile processors of its own

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Some of LG’s brightest attractions at the moment are the dual-core Optimus 2X and Optimus 3D smartphones and similarly equipped Optimus Pad tablet. The only problem with them? Those multicore chips are produced by NVIDIA for the 2X and Pad and Texas Instruments for the Optimus 3D, leaving LG a clear step behind its arch-nemesis Samsung who is producing its own dual-core system-on-chip. So what else could LG possibly do but buy its own ARM license — specifically for the Cortex-A9 design that is dominating today and the Cortex-A15 with Mali-T604 graphics that promises to rule the mobile world from 2012 onwards — and start churning out its own processors? The Korean company certainly has the budget, if not the manufacturing facilities, to produce such chips at volume, and we’re all for seeing another competitor enter the ARM arena. This licensing deal also reminds us that the last fresh licensee to ARM’s blueprints was Microsoft — so we can now look forward to two industry giants bringing their technical expertise to this rapidly growing marketplace. See LG’s full press release after the break.

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