When we first learned of the NOOKcolor, technical details were limited, but we are starting to learn more about what powers this unique e-reader hybrid. Barnes & Noble needed a powerful processor to power applications and video on the NOOKcolor’s high-resolution display so they teamed up with Texas Instruments to implement their eBook Development Platform and Android software architecture.
TI’s eBook Platform is based around the OMAP3621 processor. Yup, that’s from the same OMAP3 family that’s inside high-end phones like the Droid 2 and Droid X. The OMAP3621 features a ARM Cortex-A8 CPU integrated with Imagination Technologie’s PowerVR 3D graphics acceleration and it was built with a 45-nm process to offer the highest levels of processor performance at the lowest power consumption.
The first NOOK was powered by a rather underwhelming Samsung processor (S3C6410), which really struggled to run the web browser that was included with the last NOOK update. Thanks to the power of TI’s OMAP3, that should no longer be a problem.
If you are interested in picking up a NOOKcolor, they are currently available for pre-order and should ship around November 19th.
I’m not sure if I will pick one up yet, but I can’t wait to see what developers create when the NOOK Developer program releases their SDK.