According to PC World, the new chip (OMAP4430) will be, “based on Arm’s latest Cortex-A9 processor design, while Texas Instruments’ earlier OMAP3 chips are based on Cortex-A8. Motorola’s recently released Droid X phone, for example, uses the Cortex OMAP3630, which is based on Cortex-A8.”
In addition to possibly being at least twice as fast while using 50% less power, the new chip will be able to run 10 hours of 1080p or 15 hours of 720p video – in comparison, the chip in Droid X can only play 4 hours of 720p video according to the report (of course, battery life will need to match).
“[Texas Instruments] is readying the chip for possible implementation in devices starting later in the year, though [Robert Tolbert, director of product management for the OMAP smartphone business at Texas Instruments] declined to name customers,” reports PC World.
The company is also partnering with ARM on the next generation “Eagle” chips, which Wired believes won’t hit the market until 2012.