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Texas Instruments Announces New Dual-Core Smartphone Processor

The new OMAP4440 dual-core processor from Texas Instruments was announced yesterday, which is an improved version of the OMAP4430 destined to hit the market in some devices next year. The new OMAP4440 processor will feature two Cortex-A9 based processors which can run at speeds up to 1.5GHz.

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While we can expect the dual core OMAP4430 1GHz processors sometime early next year, no timeframe was given for the 4440 series chip. The 4430 chips are already in sampling or testing, and the 4440 are scheduled to begin sampling in Q1 2011.

Benefits of the 4440 over the 4430 include 30% less webpage load time, better 1080p video playback, 1080p stereoscopic 3D playback, 1.25x graphics performance increase, and 12MP stereo (dual camera) picture taking.

An interesting feature of these latest chips is the GPU's ability to support resolutions of up to 1920 x 1200, which is significantly higher than what we see in todays smartphones and tablets. Now that the hardware ability is coming, it's time to see Google increasing Android's supported resolutions for higher resolution smartphones and tablets.

These chips will likely be the main competitor to Samsung's upcoming Orion dual-core processors.

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