Offering a breakthrough in mobile phones, Texas Instruments has announced its new OMAP 3 architecture for mobile phones at a press conference at 3GSM World Congress. OMAP 3 application processors will power a new class of mobile phones that will improve entertainment and productivity features and integrate capabilities of cameras, gaming devices, portable video and music players, laptops and PDAs. TI's first OMAP 3-based device, the OMAP3430 processor, is believed to be the first wireless processor to use 65-nanometer (nm) process technology. The OMAP3430 processor will sample this year.

"Cool consumer electronics products are migrating to the cellular platform, enabling consumers and business travelers to experience mobile entertainment and workplace productivity on the road," said Gilles Delfassy, senior vice president of TI's Wireless Terminals Business Unit. "New OMAP 3 processors will enable a radical change in how the mobile phone will be used, making it an indispensable work/life tool."

The new OMAP 3 architecture will empower consumers with faster accessibility to web browsing and videoconferencing. OMAP 3 is the industry's first application processor platform to be based on the new ARM Cortex-A8 superscalar microprocessor core, which delivers three times the performance than the ARM11 core used in OMAP 2 processors. Combined with TI's DSP technology, the increased ARM performance boosts productivity and entertainment applications on the mobile phone, while maintaining power efficiencies expected in a handset.

"TI's OMAP 2 platform took multimedia performance on mobile devices to a new level. The OMAP 3 platform is yet another major breakthrough in performance with the new ARM Cortex-A8 core," said Petri Haavisto, vice president, Symbian Product Platforms, Nokia. "These new OMAP processors will enable the design of a new breed of mobile multimedia devices, combining state-of-the-art entertainment capabilities and laptop-like experience in a low-power handset class of products."

This new OMAP 3 processor will offer the first high-definition (HD)-quality player in a mobile phone processor, allowing users to download movies onto their phone and watch them on an HD monitor. The OMAP3430 processor also offers the first DVD-quality camcorder capability in a phone enabled by IVA 2+, a second-generation, power-optimized version of TI's imaging, video and audio accelerator. Leveraging the increased capabilities of the IVA 2+ accelerator, the chip will enable mobile phones to record and play movies at DVD quality for all popular standards, such as MPEG4, Windows Media Video 9 (VC-1), H.264 and RealVideo 10, in addition to videoconferencing.

TI's OMAP3430 multimedia processor is expected to sample in mid-2006, with volume production scheduled for 2007.

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