By now, it has pretty much become clear for everyone that extreme portability, doubled by a very good computing power, will become the standard on the future, this being the reason why hardware developers are doing their best in order to come up with some very competitive products.
And, in fact, that’s also the case with Texas Instruments, who’ve demoed at CES 2012 a brand-new OMAP 5 Android 4.0 reference design (or “development platform”), designed to offer the world a glimpse at the level of power this hardware architecture will be able to provide.
The platform is built around two Cortex-A15 chips running at 800MHz and features multiple power-saving features, that, overall, put to shame just about every other type of ARM-based platform currently out there (or at least that’s what TI’s reps claim).
The OMAP 5 Android 4.0 reference design platform managed to carry out some pretty impressive hardware feats, such as running smoothly the aforementioned Google OS, running videos at an impressive 1080p resolution and 64 fps.
As the company’s representative points out, this OMAP 5 Android 4.0 reference design provides a glimpse at what we should expect from this platform on the future, not to mention the fact that it might actually go even beyond the tablet segment. In fact, it seems that we might actually get to see the platform inside laptops and ultrabooks on the future, running the ARM-friendly Windows 8 operating system by Microsoft.