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TI Unveils Dual Core Cortex A9 OMAP4440 Processor

Texas Instruments has joined the exclusive club of semiconductor manufacturers that have released Cortex A9-based products by unveiling the OMAP4440 processor.

The chip is based on a Cortex-A9 MPCore with a clock speed of 1.25GHz. TI says that it is 25 per cent increase in graphics performance, a 30 per cent decrease in web page load and is twice as powerful in 1080p in video playback performance.

Unfortunately, TI did not say what baseline it used in the comparison. What we do know however is that it will still use the PowerVR SGX540 GPU that equips the Galaxy S and the Nexus S. The increase in graphics performance might be down to a more aggressive clock speed.

The OMPA4440 is also capable of 1080p stereoscopic 3D display, 1080p video conferencing, can handle two 12-megapixel cameras working in tandem and a resolution of up to 1920x1080 pixels.

As expected it will support gesture recognition, Bluetooth, 3G/4G, GPS, Wi-Fi and HDMI. The chip will be shipped in sample quantities next year and will go in mass production in the second half of 2011.

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