TI Unveils New Wireless Chips

By Carmen Nobel  |  Posted 2003-02-03 Print this article Print

TI says new chipsets can run apps on wireless phones and PDAs as much as eight times faster than current processors.

Texas Instruments Inc. on Monday announced plans for several new chipsets designed to run applications on wireless phones and PDAs as much as eight times faster than current processors, while greatly reducing standby current. The chipsets use TIs Open Media Applications Protocol (OMAP), which is designed to support Java, graphics and multimedia content for small devices that run on third-generation wireless networks. The OMAP1610, 1611 and 1612 chipsets are due in the first quarter of 2003. The OMAP730 and 732, which include stacked memory, are due in the second quarter. These two also integrate modems that support the Global System for Mobile Communications and General Packet Radio Service networks, which are prevalent in Europe and growing in the United States.
The new chipsets will support a variety of operating systems, including Linux, Palm OS, Symbian, and Microsoft Corp.s Pocket PC and Smartphone operating systems.
They also include on-chip security hardware that enables secure transactions without using up excessive battery life, officials said.

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