Texas Instruments product manager Brian Carlson reportedly told Fudzilla that the company plans to release a 20-nm successor to the upcoming OMAP 5 SoC that should enable true all-day computing. This new development is interesting given that previous reports indicated that Texas Instruments is actually planning to sell its OMAP division once OMAP 5 is out the door.
According to Carlson, the OMAP 5 successor is slated to arrive in 2013 and should allow the device's battery to last from the early morning hours until it's time to crawl up under the sheets for the night. The company believes this can be accomplished by making its future chips and hardware more power efficient.
But in addition to designing a more efficient SoC, the company also plans to implement "intelligent" caching and better access to memory for tablets and smartphones, as these two factors alone can help drain the battery's reserve. There's also plans to have the 20-nm chip put the host device into sleep mode more often, and to make the devices slow down / wake up faster in the process.
As reported earlier, Texas Instruments may actually sell off its OMAP division while the company is still riding high as one of the major mobile players. The rumor suggests that the company is shopping its OMAP portion to big names like Intel, AMD, Nvidia and ATIC. One suggestion is that ATIC would provide its newly-acquired OMAP division not only with cutting edge processing technology, but a huge financial backing. Global Foundries could even license OMAP-based IP to external parties like Nvidia and other licensees.
But if Texas Instruments is still planning on OMAP chips in 2013, the division sale may not even be in the works. As it stands now, we will likely not see the true full-day mobile computing scenario Carlson describes for another few years. And as Fudzilla points out, we also haven't seen any announcements on new batteries, so it appears that we'll still use the same Lithium Ion batteries and tote around our chargers for the next few years.
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kinda disappointing... from the title, I was hoping there was some breakthrough in battery technology. Instead, got some promises of better memory management. OK, but not good enough.Reply
Thing is, you can not make something out of nothing. As long as the batteries remain the same, an increase in processor power will mean decrease in battery time, even with all the memory management accounted for. The brick wall will be hit sooner or later.
Get a big enough battery and you can get an i7 to run all day on a battery. Conversely if you make a crappy enough processor then it will run all day on a 9V brick. Somehow my bet is that this will be the latter rather than the former.Reply
Yes its so confusing TI is hyping some marvelous chip when they are trying to sell the division. Why would they ever do that? If I were to believe the article its because they may not sell the division off. That has got to be the reason.Reply
Increase processor power does not mean decrease in battery time if its a smaller die 20nm chips have large power saving over current 45nm(?) just like PC die shrink = less watts. Batteries are improving just not fast enough.Reply
Because shaving a 1.5W SoC down to 0.5W is totally going to make up for a power hogging WiFi/3G radio and display -_-Reply
Ok, so next can TI please upgrade their TI-83, 84, 89 and 92 calculators for the 21st century by putting in a CPU that runs faster than 12MHZ!?Reply
house70kinda disappointing... from the title, I was hoping there was some breakthrough in battery technology.From just a random announcement? Battery breakthroughs are so hard because you can't just excel and do better than Li-ion in just ONE area whilst being worse in others. You might have a breakthrough in holding more energy than Li-ion but then if you're worse at any of the following you can't exactly bring it to market:Reply
have a poor charge life cycle so the battery dies after 100 of recharging
expensive material making it economically infeasible
not as tolerant to temperature so loses charges as it gets warmer (esp. inside a mobile device) or colder (go skiing)
slower in charging
is more volatile and therefore note safe
I'm sure there are many more but you get the point that it's hard to get a breakthrough because your technology must be all-round good for the other capabilities as well.
danwat1234Ok, so next can TI please upgrade their TI-83, 84, 89 and 92 calculators for the 21st century by putting in a CPU that runs faster than 12MHZ!?ThanxWhy do you need that? Im rocking the 16 year old Ti-82 I bought in 8th grade and its still playing drugwars just fine..Reply
The CPU/SoC's are barely the problem for mobile computing. We already have chips that are "fast enough" and consume little power, and are constantly consuming less with die shrinks and improvements in technology, so this is really more of a PR announcement than anything. Where we REALLY need to see improvements is in two areas, one of which has already been mentioned, and that is in battery technology. The other is a HUGE power drain.. LCD/AMOLED screens. Even if my phone is in an idle state 90% of the time, if I check what has been consuming most of my Samsung Fascinate's battery it is the screen.Reply
blackened144Why do you need that? Im rocking the 16 year old Ti-82 I bought in 8th grade and its still playing drugwars just fine..Reply
For me it's a big turn off that just about all the money spent on purchasing a TI calculator is the software, the hardware is worth about $5.
I really don't see why they don't put in a 100MHZ processor that usually clocks at the normal 12MHZ or whatever speed to save the batteries, but can clock up when graphing or doing other heavy calculations.
It is totally ridiculous that graphing a simple y-mx+b equation isn't instant.