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2013 OMAP processors will allow for all-day battery life says TI

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2013 OMAP processors will allow for all-day battery life says TI
Texas Instrument's Brian Carlson says that by 2013, it will be producing OMAP chips using a 20nm process. And this line of chips will allow for "true all-day computing" according to Carlson. With low battery life currently a major issue for Android phones, a processor that allows a phone to be used all-day without a recharge is sure to find a place under the hood of some high-end smartphones using the Google open source OS.

Discussing a 2013 OMAP release would seem to put the kibosh on rumors that TI would be selling the line after the launch of OMAP5 in 2012. Speculation was centered on a bidding war between Intel and NVIDIA that would have brought some big megabucks to the Dallas based semiconductor giant.

Currently, TI's OMAP4 processors can be found on high end phones like the Motorola DROID 3, and the chip is expected to be on the Motorola DROID Bionic. Earlier this year, as we reported, TI announced the quad-core OMAP5 with 2 cores running up to 2GHz each with 2 others acting like go-fers to fetch the coffee and donuts to save battery life and run things quickly and smoothly. With the OMAP5, 3D video can be captured in HD. The OMAP5 also improves upon current picture taking technology allowing adjustments for a shaking camera, and motion blur. Augmented reality will also get a boost from this chip thanks to better object and text recognition. The TI OMAP5 is expected to have 3 times the performance and 5 times the graphics power of the current chip. But when it comes to improving battery performance, we will have to wait for 2013.

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 05 Aug 2011, 00:31

1. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


My old blackberry 8310 gets 3 days battery life, and its 2007

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 00:37 4

2. ecml490 (unregistered)


To make it simple enough for you, it was made in 2007! Does that tell you anything?

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 00:44 9

4. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And your 8310 has a 2.5 inch display, 312 MHz processor, and 4 hours rated talk time.

In the meantime, my Atrix has a 4 inch display, a 1GHz dual core processor, and about 9 hours rated talk time.

Yeah, I'll accept the consequence of plugging my phone in at night.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 09:53 1

12. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and dont forget touch screen, 3d, and a slew of other things. :)

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 12:53

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


there is so much win on this comment

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 00:39 4

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yeah, um, "major issue?" Lol, okay. My X has an issue, but that's because it has a blown cell right now. When the battery was new it could last all day with moderate usage, and by all day I mean from 9 in the morning until about midnight. With the bluetooth on. And full brightness.

My Atrix has good battery life too. I mean, what can you expect when you have a small battery and screens pushing 5 inches? On any laptop, you can expect battery usage to MAYBE be 3 to 4 hours, depending on what you're doing with it. And that's with a relatively massive battery (though granted, with a faster processor and a larger screen). But still, I consider battery life impressive on Android phones considering what they do all the time.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 09:10 1

11. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


+1 to the laptop analogy. I use that all the time. These phones are so powerful with such powerful processors, and they're receiving cellular data, some of which are LTE which has ridiculous speeds. You shouldn't expect a battery that is at most 2000 mAh (stock) to last more than 4-5 hours of heavy usage, but even with my thunderbolt's standard battery (1450 mAh) I get at least that, usually much more. It really is amazing if you think about it.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 09:54

14. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


my GalaxyS lasts me all day with real usage. Im on that thing 24/7. Every once and a while it has a bad day where i have to charge it mid day, but most of the time It gets me through the day without worry.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 01:12

5. forgednfire (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 May 2011)


I know what you mean about the Droid x. I murdered my Droid x battery today playing gun bros and playing streaming music using Google music beta and it still lasted 7 hours after starting with 86 percent battery. It still had 16 percent battery after arriving home.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 01:18

6. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


looks like i'll probably be sticking with OMAP powered phones. (:

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 01:55 2

8. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


yeeeeeeee

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 02:27

9. PhoneLuver (Posts: 474; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


I don't believe this to be too major an announcement. What about the Khalel chips coming out THIS year? By 2013 these specs won't be anything major!

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 08:12 1

10. skymitch89 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I don't really get why people are having battery problems. The only phone I had any real kind of battery problems with was the Samsung Moment. I had the HTC Hero and could get 8-12hrs on it, and now I have the EVO Shift and can get 8-15hrs on it (all depending on how much I use it).

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 09:54 1

13. quakan (Posts: 1223; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I feel like the problem isn't the processors, it's the batteries. I think the battery companies should find a way for batteries to get the best usage and try to figure out how to extend a batteries longevity. Every phone i've had has had great battery life until about a year and a half into my plan so those last months I'm pretty much glued to my charger if i want to talk for more than ten minutes, use my camera regularly, or get on the internet.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 10:28

15. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


I agree that it isn't necesarilly the processors either, but the display is ALWAYS what kills over 1/2 my battery no matter how little or how much I use it. Even fully dimmed. So in order to create even better battery life, I feel display manufacurers need to up the ante.

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