The OMAP5 is Texas Instrument’s newest System on a Chip due for production late this year. In order to support various devices, there will be two versions of the OMAP5 hitting the market: the OMAP5 5430 and the OMAP5 5432.
The OMAP 5430 and the OMAP5 5432 share several basic features. Both are built on 28 nanometer technology and a low-power CMOS process. In both cases, the system-on-a-chip uses two of ARM’s newest processor, the CortexA15. Besides the CortexA15 processors, capable of speed up to 2 GHz each, the OMAPs include two ARM CortexM4 processors. Multi-core POWERVR SGX544-MPx graphics accelerators for 2D and 3D graphics enhance multimedia capabilities. According to specs revealed by the TI website, both OMAPs provide a 5x or greater increase in graphics performance over previous generations. Both the OMAP 5430 and 5432 support 2D video playback (1080p60) and 3D video performance (1080p30).
Beyond these specifications, the 5430 and 5432 differ in order to serve different markets. The OMAP5430 has been designed for area sensitive devices. Planned applications include Smartphones, tablet PCs, and other mobile multimedia devices. The 5432 is made for devices which are not as concerned about space. The 5430 is therefore more cost-effective, and is meant to be used in larger computers and other consumer multi media devices. The 5430 is 14mm by 14 mm square in order to support its mobile market. Its larger counterpart, the 5432, is a slightly larger 17mm x 17mm.
Memory capabilities differ between the two versions. The smaller 5430 supports 2xLPDDR2 memory, while the 5432 supports 2xDDR3/DDR3L memory.
Camera support varies slightly between the two systems as well. The 5430 supports 24 mega pixel image capture. The 5432 supports 20 mega pixel image capture. While the 5430 supports an impressive four cameras and four LCD displays concurrently, the 5432 supports three cameras and four simultaneous LCD displays.
For those who are concerned with peripheral support, TI’s website gives a list for each of the OMAPs. The 5430 is listed to support: UART (6x), HSIC (3x), SPI (4x), MIPI UniPort-M, MIPI LLI, HSI (2x). The 5432, with slight differences, is listed as supporting: UART (5x), HSIC (2x), SPI (3x), MIPI UniPortSM-M, MIPI LLI, HIS.
The OMAP 5430 and 5432 are both built for remarkable performance while saving space and power draw whenever possible. Whether operating in a Smartphone or a desktop computer, the OMAP5 generation looks to be quite impressive.