Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: January 12th, 2011 10:01 AM CDT

Speeding up Consumer Connections

Bringing high-end graphics technology to the masses
ARM Cortex-A8
© Texas Instruments
The single-chip, superscalar 600 MHz ARM Cortex-A8, adds more than four times the power of its previous device. It allows the OMAP35 processors to work more quickly on numerous applications.

By Barry Hochfelder

"For years we've talked about the day when we would interact more seamlessly with our electronic devices. We are finally at a point where photo-realistic graphics, constant Internet access and multimedia capabilities run on all of our applications without concern about dead batteries," said Mike Hames, Senior VP, Applications Specific Products, TI. "By offering OMAP35x applications processors to the market, our customers will have the tools to drive these technology concepts to reality."

Each of the four OMAP35 processors offers different capabilities.

The 3503 operates at more than 1,200 Dhrystone MIPS and can run operating systems including Windows® CE and Linux, and delivers accessibility to databases, spreadsheets, presentations, e-mail, audio and video attachments, web browsing and videoconferencing.

The 3515 is based on Imagination Technologies Power VR SGX graphics accelerator and can achieve PC gaming-quality graphics in a handheld device, providing up to 10 million polygons per second.

The 3525 is integrated with TI's DaVinci technology and is hardware-enabled video and imaging processing as well as dedicated video-centric peripherals to allow the decoding up to high-definition video at MPEG-4SP at 720p, 30 frames per second.

The 3530 integrates the ARM Cortex-A8 core, DSP, graphics engine, DaVinci technology and peripherals in a single chip.

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