Vertu Ti: Nokia’s First Android Smartphone?

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The Android-powered Vertu Ti is now said to have probably been one of the last luxury handsets designed while under full Nokia control given its model number. We had reported earlier in the week that Vertu, now majority owned by an investment group, was going to release an Android-powered luxury smartphone with designs inspired by […]

Texas Instruments to Exit Mobile CPU Space for Smartphones, Tablets

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In a surprising announcement, the world’s third largest smartphone and tablet chip-maker Texas Instruments has announced it would begin to wind down its presence in the mobile processor space. Instead, Texas Instruments would be focusing its efforts on embedded systems despite a relatively successful run in a competitive mobile CPU space that’s becoming crowded with […]

Shareholders Want TI to Exit OMAP Production

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Though chipsets based on ARM architecture are popping up in a variety of devices, one chipmaker is not seeing as much success. Shareholders of Texas Instruments want the company to exit its ARM manufacturing business; TI makes ARM chipsets under its OMAP line of application processors that couple CPU and GPU cores along with wireless […]

Texas Instruments Promises More Powerful Dual-Core OMAP5 CPUs in Quad-Core World

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Like rival mobile chip-maker Qualcomm, which had stated that its dual-core Snapdragon S4 chips will out-perform quad-core offerings from rivals, it looks like Texas Instruments may be echoing the same sentiments with a dual-core OMAP5 ARM-based chipset that may be just as powerful as commercially available quad-core CPUs today. Though TI didn’t mention competitor NVIDIA […]

Motorola Droid 3 Available Online Today for $199

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The Motorola Droid 3 is now available for purchase online at Verizon, with in store availability on July 14th. The Droid 3 is a global ready 3G smartphone with a 5 row slide out keyboard. This marks the third iteration of the Motorola Droid and looks to offer a refined Droid experience. Quick Specs The […]

Netflix for Android Will Support TI Powered Smartphones

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Netflix will soon be streaming movies or more Android devices thanks to a new partnership with Texas Instruments. The next wave of Android smartphones powered by the TI OMAP 4 processors have been certified for Netflix HD Streaming and may include the Netflix app pre-installed by the manufacturer or carrier. A TI spokesperson told PC World […]

TI Announces Multi-Core ARM OMAP 4 Chipset for Windows, Android Tablets

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In addition to Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon coming early 2012 and NVIDIA demoing Kal-El running Windows 8, Texas Instruments’ multi-core chipset will be competitive with its rivals’ quad-core offerings using a hybrid architecture that will lead to better energy efficiency and lower power consumption. The TI OMAP4470 chip is expected to land in the first half […]

Windows 8 Tablets: Microsoft Hosts a Game of Musical Chairs, But Will Taiwan Be Left Standing Alone?

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As part of the company’s strategy to not only accelerate development of its forthcoming Windows 8 operating system, but also to ensure that everything works according to plan, Microsoft had implemented an Integrated Development Program consisting of PC and tablet-makers as well as chip companies. The Apple-like approach to restrictions to ensure a better, tightly […]

Texas Instruments the Preferred Chip-Maker for Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich?

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There is now speculation that Google is dumping NVIDIA, whose dual-core chipset helped to shape Android 3.0 Honeycomb, in favor of Texas Instruments for its Ice Cream Sandwich platform, which will begin the process of merging the tablet and smartphone editions of Android into one platform. The company’s OMAP 4 chip will be the reference […]

Benchmark Confirms Unreleased Motorola Droid 3 Specs

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Early benchmarks on the Nenamark benchmarking site confirms some preliminary specs of the upcoming, yet unreleased Motorola Droid 3 smartphone destined for Verizon Wireless. The Android smartphone was shown by the benchmark to come with a PowerVR SGX540 graphics processor, suggesting that it would be arriving a dual-core gigahertz applications processor by Texas Instruments, and […]

TI Makes Qi Wireless Charging Chips Smaller

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Texas Instruments is making its Qi-compatible wireless charging chips smaller. According to the company, the chips are 80 percent smaller than the current generation chipsets and this would help to make wireless charging a feature on various consumer electronic devices, including smartphones, digital cameras, portable gaming consoles, tablets, and other gadgets. Here are some of […]

Will Droid Bionic, BlackBerry PlayBook Cost More as Result of Japan Quake?

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Update 3/23/2011: Despite Motorola reps telling us at CES 2011 that the Droid Bionic for Verizon Wireless will be utilizing a Texas Instruments–that information was used and referenced in this article–NVIDIA reps at CTIA 2011 had informed us that the device actually uses the dual-core Tegra 2 mobile applications processor. As such, the Droid Bionic […]

LG Optimus 3D Android Smartphone Goes with Dual-Core TI Chip

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Unlike the LG Optimus 2X, unveiled at CES, the LG Optimus 3D announced for Mobile World Congress will be using a dual-core 1.0 GHz ARM-based OMAP processor from Texas Instruments rather than NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 CPU. In addition to a glasses-free 3D screen and the ability to capture images and video in 3D, the Optimus […]

Motorola Droid Bionic for Verizon Wireless at CES (Video)

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Motorola had announced the Motorola Droid Bionic for Verizon Wireless yesterday at a press conference in Las Vegas, NV and we were there to get some hands-on time and a demo from Motorola’s team. The Bionic is the next generation of Droid, and as a Droid device, the “Droid [Bionic] Does” a lot with its […]

TI OMAP 4440 CPU Joins Mobile Processor Arms Race

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The Texas Instruments OMAP 4440 chipset is a dual-core 1.5 GHz mobile processor that is based on the ARM Cortex A9 reference design, which is also found on chips such as the Samsung Orion and dual-core Snapdragon among others. In the past, single-core TI OMAP processors have been used by Motorola on smartphones such as […]