When it comes to multitasking smartphones, faster is always better. First there was Qualcomm with their 1GHz Snapdragon processor, which is used on numerous devices including the HTC Droid Incredible
, and Apple's A4 processor that will be on the new iPhone 4
. Now comes Texas Instruments with the Cortex A8. It is built using a 45nm process, with the AM3707, and the OpenGL graphics accelerated AM3715, and has avaliable speeds of 600MHz, 800MHz, and 1000MHz (1GHz). Unfortunately, Texas Instruments says these new Cortex A8 SoC processors are not intended for smartphones, but for use with industrial automation, automotive navigation, smart displays, and building automation. So what's the deal then? TI plans to reveal a dual-core Cortex A9 OMAP4 processor later this year for use with smartphones, that will come in at 1GHz and will support 10 hours of 1080p playback, 4 hours of 1080p record, 140 hours of CD-quality audio playback, HDMI out, and screen resolution up to WSXGA (1680x1050). Of course, we'll have to wait and see if any phone's hardware is capable of all that as well.
source: windowsfordevices (here and here)