Texas Instruments Reveals Processor for Galaxy Nexus
As an enthusiastic Android user, you’ve probably been following the reports about the upcoming Galaxy Nexus. Among other things, much of the excitement about this next big attraction is due to the fact that this will be the first smartphone to carry Google’s latest version of its mobile platform, Android 4.0 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich.
You may have noticed how most news states that the device will be powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. For some reason the specific make and model of the processor was never clarified. That is until now. Texas Instruments has finally revealed that the Galaxy Nexus’ brain will be an OMAP 4460.
The OMAP (Open Multimedia Application Platform) processors are TI’s line of system on chips for portable devices. The 4460 is of the 4th generation and the distinguishing features of this bracket are the use of dual-core ARM Cortex A9 chips and the PowerVR SGX540 integrated 3D graphics accelerator.
The 4460 can actually reach a maximum speed of 1.5 GHz. The one on the Nexus however is clocked at 1.2 GHz. This setting could possibly be due to certain undisclosed problems encountered when the processor is pushed to its limit as reported about Archos’ tablet which also uses the OMAP 4460.
You may be wondering why Google didn’t go with the Exynos processor. Samsung after all is going to be making the Nexus. Hopefully the parties concerned will come out with an explanation for that decision. Nevertheless most Android pundits remain confident and predict that the Nexus will still deliver one of the fastest performances among its contemporaries.