Know What Will Power Upcoming Android 4.0 Phones and Slates

October 21, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The latest version of the Android platform, the Ice Cream Sandwich has been already shown running inside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The device  needs a powerful chip for all the processing needs. Google and Texas Instruments have been working closely with each other to make sure the software is fully optimized on the chip’s feature set as planned.

A dual core OMAP 4460 chipset is inside the first Android 4.0 device, which clocks at 1.2GHz, and comes with Imagination’s PowerVR SGX 540 graphics silicon. The 4430 from TI suggests that this one is good enough.

Plenty of horsepower will be needed to support 1280×720 pixels resolution in the 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD displays on phones like the Galaxy Nexus.

As Android 4.0 is a platform for tablets as well, TI could provide processing for upcoming tablets powered by ice CreamSandwich, maybe the upcoming Motorola tablet even.

Review site Anandtech says that Apple’s A5 chip at 800GHz, though seems to be lower, benchmarks well on performance metrics like the phones based on TI’s chip and Android 4.0.

And TI is ready to make things better next year, with new chips like 4470, which will be 20 percent faster than 4460, with speeds of up to 1.8GHz. The PowerVR SGX544 graphics processing unit in the processor will deliver twice the raw performance of the SGX540, in the earlier OMAP4 chips, according to Linley Gwennap of The Linley Group.

Qualcomm’s chip, built on an advanced 28-nanometer manufacturing process, is expected to be the first of its kind; most chips are currently built on older, 40- and 45-nanometer tech. The Qualcomm MSM8960 “Krait’ chip will run at 1.5GHz and integrate fast Adreno 225 graphics.

All the new ones are due next year. Sounds good, indeed.

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