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TI Demos New Mobile Use Cases Based on OMAP Platforms

Texas Instruments Inc. is showcasing new mobile use cases as well as new applications, which are based on company’s OMAP platforms, at 2010 Mobile World Congress, now underway in Barcelona, Spain.

The company has partnered with various companies in its OMAP ecosystem. It will be showcasing highlights from its robust ecosystem of over 400 partners, who have leveraged the company’s OMAP 3 and 4 platforms.

For those unaware, TI’s OMAP, or open multimedia application platform, is a category of proprietary microprocessors tailored for portable and mobile multimedia applications.

The OMAP 3 family of multimedia applications processors features high level of performance that facilitates laptop-like productivity and advanced entertainment in multimedia-enabled handsets. According to TI, OMAP 3 devices support all levels of handsets, from the entry-level multimedia-enabled handsets to high-end mobile Internet devices. Designed in 45-nm (OMAP36x) and 65-nm (OMAP34x) CMOS process technologies, these processors integrate the advanced Superscalar ARM (News - Alert) Cortex-A8 RISC core.

Helping in bringing next-generation Smartphones and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) quickly to market, the OMAP 4 platform is a highly optimized mobile applications platform and system-on-chip that encompasses applications processors, a comprehensive software suite and power management technology. The platform features IVA 3 hardware accelerators that allow full HD 1080p, multi-standard video encode/decode.

According to TI, Human Device Interactions (HDI) set of applications will lead the next wave of mobile use cases. The company’s OMAP 4 platform can provide features such as multiple displays, projection technology and gesturing capabilities, can support HDI use cases.

Fred Cohen, director of OMAP ecosystem at TI, said in the release, 'We believe a robust ecosystem is critical to driving innovation as well as being a fundamental element of our OMAP platform strategy.'

Some of the use cases that will be demonstrated by TI include touchless gesturing, 3D UI, and more. The ‘touch-less gesturing’ use case is based on company’s OMAP platform and facilitates users to point, scroll as well as click 'in the air' - to control graphical user interfaces (UIs). The advanced 3D UI runs on multiple displays.

TI will also demonstrate dual displays for enhanced mobile browsing experiences to bring social media-like environments to consumers' pockets. In addition, next-generation sensor input combined with visual and physical feedback will also be showcased. These sensor input can control mobile UI that can display in response to user-generated motion, touch input and pressure.

Some of the TI partner’s demonstrations include Digital Aria (News - Alert) OMAP 3 platform; Dynastream for checking heart rate, foot pod and weight; Eyesight OMAP 3 platform; Fulton automotive console with integrated wireless charging for a number of portable electronic devices, and more.

To know more about TI’s technology-based demonstrations from the company's key partners visit

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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