Feb 22 AT 5:32 PM Taylor Wimberly 27 Comments

TI says unreleased OMAP5 faster than commercially available quad-core devices


Sometimes less really is more. Qualcomm has been telling us their dual-core Snapdragon S4 is faster than competing quad-core chips and now Texas Instruments is echoing that same message. This time they take a direct shot at NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 by matching it up with their OMAP5 development platform.

The video below is extremely boring, but it shows how OMAP5 is faster than Tegra 3 at web browsing, while playing a MP3 file and downloading a movie in the background. In the demo they claim their OMAP5 is only running two ARM Cortex-A15 CPU cores at 800 MHz, while “a commercial device powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor” (aka Transformer Prime) is running at 1.3 GHz.

Texas Instruments showed me their OMAP5 platform behind closed doors at CES, but I was not allowed to take any pictures of it. However, they later demoed it live on the Engadget show and some lucky attendees captured it on video (see below). OMAP5 looks like a very impressive platform, but the exact availability has not been specified.

I was told at CES that devices powered by OMAP5 should arrive by Q4 2012 or early 2013. That makes the demo above kind of pointless since it compares an unreleased processor with something currently on the market, but it proves the obvious point that Cortex-A15 is a great improvement over Cortex-A9.

Samsung is also developing their new Exynos 5250 processor with two ARM Cortex-A15 cores, which goes into mass production next quarter. From what we know today, it looks like Samsung will beat out Texas Instruments and be first to market with a mobile processor based on Cortex-A15.

Hopefully Texas Instruments will provide more information about possible OMAP5 devices next week at Mobile World Congress.

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  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Exynos will be better though

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Maybe. Samsung is using the ARM Mali-T604 GPU in their Exynos 5250, which could be faster than the PowerVR SGX544-MPx in the OMAP5.

      • spazby


        • overkill

          but isn’t SGX544 already an overkill? :o

          • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

            No GPU is overkill :)

          • WlfHart

            As long as their is battery to power it, there is no overkill.

          • WlfHart

            As long as there is battery to power it, there is no overkill.

      • VASRA

        You do understand that you are comparing a H1/2012 chip (Samsung) against a maybe H1/2013 chip (TI)?

  • amgala

    Unbelievable amount of power!

  • jamal adam

    Cortex-A15 is king. It makes perfect sense why the dual-core processors using the Cortex-A15 architecture are faster than the quad-core processors using the Cortex-A9. Soon enough there will be quad-core processors using the Cortex-A15. I’am loving the Cortex-A15.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yep, quad-core Exynos 5450 should arrive after the 5250 is out.

  • redraider133

    Wasn’t the last omap faster/more powerful than tegra 2? It would only make sense that this would be the same way

  • Nathan D.

    Can’t wait to see quad core A15 chips but I know that a long way to go though.

  • The Dave

    This just in…chips released in a year from now are faster than chips released today!!!

    • dcds

      Mon-mon-mon-monnn Monster-kill !

  • Jorge Vieira

    They might be powerful but i don’t believe it has better graphical power. I believe what they say.

  • sunrise

    I WANT! All this talk of A15 and the power they posses makes me think twice about purchasing an A9 phone now, even a quad core A9 like Tegra-3!

    I wish A15 was out right now, I want and need a new phone!

  • Zak Lambert

    Ahh. This is making my upgrade deciscion very hard. Go with Tegra 3 or wait for A15s…..

    • sunrise

      Me too, something in me says wait for A15, but I’ve been waiting for a new phone for a while now!

  • mustybooks

    So it’s going to be released at the end of the year? Not really surprising it’s going to be faster then processors available now really! Still it I see why they are trying to get their point across about dual vs quad

    Looks like it’s going to be another good year for hardware development! I cannot wait :)

  • Hassan

    I am going to wait until Samsung releases the powerful A15 chip Exynos 5250. Just imagine how powerful would be this 2Ghz chip on a smartphone. Buttery smooth as hell.

    • sunrise

      Well buttery smooth unless Android advances and becomes more complex and powerful requiring more processing power and RAM, then you would get the same or slower effect ;-)

      • Hassan

        ICS on my one-year old Nexus S is smoother than Gingerbread. As long as the OS taps the power of the hardware, it’s not going to be a problem and that the trend we see with Android.

  • Turd Ferguson

    I really enjoyed the brutal honesty in the second paragraph, “The video below is extremely boring…” I didn’t read the warning until I got through half the video and I couldn’t agree more with that statement. hahaha

  • h0ruza

    So would it be fair to say OMAP 5 is aiming for the nexus release date again?

    Let’s hope it’s still impressive once it’s released in almost a years time. Yet another interesting year awaits us :-)

    • probably not

      TI probably won’t make it in time just like their 4470 ….

      I think Galaxy Nexus would’ve had exynos if samsung didn’t mess up the LTE part of it. If next Nexus is made by samsung again I think it will sport exynos 5250 or exynos 5450

  • SGB101

    Tegra3 may be slower, but its here NOW! id rather ave a bit slower 8-12month earlier.