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

Speeding up Consumer Connections

Bringing high-end graphics technology to the masses
ARM Cortex-A8
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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.
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By Barry Hochfelder

"When combined with the Windows Embedded CE 6.0R2 operating system, the OMAP35x processors allow developers of smart, connected commercial and consumer devices to deliver products at a lower cost and shorter timeframe," said Mukund Ghangurde, Group Product Manager, Windows Embedded Business, Microsoft Corp.

To make this level of performance even more appealing for embedded applications, OMAP35x processors provide the ability to run these applications in extremely power constrained environments. To achieve this power level, the OMAP35x devices integrated three aspects of technology. The device architecture leverages a multi-core design, so that each core is fully optimized for the tasks it is responsible for to maximize efficiencies. It is manufactured at 65 nanometer low-power process technology. And finally, it leverages TI's SmartReflex™ technology which controls voltage, frequency and power based on device activity, modes of operation, process technology and temperature variation.



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