Texas Instruments prepares 90-nanometer chip

Texas Instruments is to release samples of its latest OMAP chip, which will also be the company's first 90-nanometer chip, in the...

Texas Instruments is to release samples of its latest OMAP chip, which will also be the company's first 90-nanometer chip, in the first quarter of 2004.

The OMAP 1710 will run 10% faster than its OMAP 1610 predecessor and consume 50% less power, taking advantage of the drop in power consumption afforded by a process technology jump.

The OMAP product line is designed for mobile phones and other mobile devices.

The chip comes with an applications processor core designed by Arm, and a digital signal processor core to handle communications. TI's customers can pair the OMAP 1710 with wireless chipsets that support GSM/GPRS (Global System for Mobile Communications/General Packet Radio Services), Edge (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution), CDMA2000 1X (Code Division Multiple Access) or UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Services) networks.

Phone designers can run several different operating systems for the new chip, including Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003, Linux, PalmSource's PalmOS and the Symbian operating system.

The OMAP 1710 will be ready to ship by the middle of 2004.

Intel is expected to release its first 90 nanometer chip in early 2004, and other chip companies plan to roll out chip based on the technology over the year, including Advanced Micro Devices, IBM and Sun Microsystems.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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