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All posts tagged "gpu"


Friday, December 10, 2010

TI OMAP 4440 Dual Core Processor Promises High Performance, 3D

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:30 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4053/...i-14-3d-1080p60

"Just as we saw widespread migration to the ARM Cortex A8 and Qualcomm Scorpion CPU cores in smartphones in 2010, in the next 12 months we will see the first tablets and smartphones based on dual-core SoCs from TI, Qualcomm and NVIDIA...Today TI is announcing more details on its OMAP 4440, a high performance dual-core Cortex A9 SoC slated for production in the second half of 2011."

Featuring a pair of ARM Cortex A9 processors running at 1.5GHz and a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU, the new OMAP 4440 promises 75% performance improvements over existing Cortex A8/Snapdragon platforms. Also in the feature list is support for the HDMI 1.4 spec (including 3D modes), 1080p hardware decode at 60fps, support for up to two 12MP cameras and 3D stereoscopic photography, and 720p video chat (read more on the capabilities at TI's website, and the full press release). It's cousin, the 4430, runs it's twin cores a little slower at 1GHz but offers the same GPU, with all that that implies. Anandtech thinks the 4430 will be deployed for smartphones while the 4440 is likely intended for MIDs and tablets. Now, if only someone can come up with better battery technology to keep up with all this multimedia goodness...


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Qualcomm's Next-Gen Snapdragon MSM8960: 5x Performance Improvement + Dual Cores

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:48 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4024/...nce-improvement

"Inside the MSM8960 are two next-generation processor cores, presumably out-of-order as Qualcomm is promising 5x the performance of the original Snapdragon chip (2x for the move to dual cores and the rest due to OoO, larger caches and other architectural tweaks perhaps?). Qualcomm isn't disclosing clock speed at this time."

A 5x performance increase, dual cores, and - can you believe this? - a 75% reduction in power. The details are sketchy on the power savings - it might be 75% less power at idle, or it might be under full load. And is that per core, or overall? It would be quite the feat to double the number of cores yet still use 75% less power. Regardless, it looks like there's some good hardware coming our way in the years ahead!


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Nvidia Announces Next Gen Tegra

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 03:09 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/07/...es-press-event/

Nvidia had their CES press event today and among the announcements were details on the next generation Tegra chip. The Tegra powers, among other things, the Zune HD and from everything I’ve seen it’s a very impressive chip already. The current Tegra runs the ARM11 chip. The new Tegra is going to be running the dual core Cortex-A9.

They also said that there will be 8 independent processors so if I understand the transcript from Engadget correctly, that means 16 cores total on the new Tegra (I didn't understand correctly. Thanks bitbyte for pointing out there are actually 2 Cortex A9 processors). All while only consuming 500 milliwatts. They claim this will allow for 140 hours of music and 16 hours of HD video but of course, that will depend on a lot of factors unrelated to the Tegra alone.

Nvidia’s biggest announcement for Tegra is that it will be powering all Audi cars starting in 2011. I assume that means the 2012 model years but they don’t specify in the live blog on Engadget. There is no mention of the Zune or other devices specifically but they do say there are 50 devices in the pipe for the new Tegra.

I think a combination of Tegra, Windows Phone 7, and the Zune all on one platform could make for a killer device.

Check out the rest of the live blog on Engadget. They have other announcements involving 3D on our laptops, which I’m sure everyone is excited about and lots of great pictures and slides from the Nvidia’s presentation.


Friday, May 29, 2009

Put The Pieces Together

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 01:01 PM

So, anyone looked at the video of the Zune HD in action? Anyone looked at what we think the GPU powering that experience is? Anyone compared that with the rumours about the Chassis 1 design for Windows Mobile 7 smartphones? Anyone want to connect the dots? I'm just throwing that out there for you to ponder this weekend...


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