• Shout out to RIM: Stepping it up with the BlackBerry® PlayBook(tm) tablet

    Back in September, Research In Motion (RIM) co-CEO Mike Lazaridis introduced the world to a new breed of BlackBerry with the unveiling of the professional-grade PlayBook tablet. Today, the PlayBook is attracting serious foot traffic to the BlackBerry booth at CES, and serious buzz in the media.

    As noted on RIM's YouTube channel, the BlackBerry PlayBook introduces new benchmarks in tablet performance, and leverages…

  • How OMAP software developers use System Trace to boost performance

    I work as the emulation product manager on the TI wireless team. As someone responsible for on-chip debug IP and debug test controllers, I am proud to work with our OMAPTM processors, which have led the way in debug capability for years.

    Through the generations of OMAP processors, our team continues to evolve the debugging process to make it as efficient and successful as possible. One example of this evolution was…

  • One for the Books…and So Much More! Barnes & Noble’s NOOKcolor’s Ultimate Reading Experience on OMAP™ Technology

     

    I returned yesterday from the Barnes & Noble launch event for NOOKcolor (see attached picture of me with Ravi Gopalakrishnan, the VP of software development at Barnes & Noble). As a member of the team that helped bring this product to market, it was quite the thrill to witness the audience’s positive reaction. This innovative full-color touch Reading Tablet brings to consumers an experience we’ve never…
  • Wild 4 PandaBoard

    There’s been so much buzz about PandaBoard since the early adopter program kicked off a few weeks ago. The community is already up and running on pandaboard.org, with a number of developers kicking off projects.  And, today, the news officially hit that the board is available to the community through Digi-Key Corp
     
    We at TI are proud to sponsor PandaBoard—the first open OMAP™ 4 applications processor-based mobile…
  • Live from Adobe MAX 2010: TI’s OMAP™ Platform AIRs its Adobe Capabilities

    Posted on behalf of Biju Pillai, OMAP platform applications manager for TI's OMAP wireless ecosystem unit, who is on the show floor.

    As a part of TI’s wireless team, I work to develop technologies that deliver a PC-like Web experience on mobile devices. I also work to enable that Web experience across various mobile devices—a critical capability as new multimedia-rich content and applications demand increased…
  • Cowboid Unveiled!

    Android developers gave a big, warm welcome to TI’s own Cowboid this past Sunday. Cow-who, you say? Cowboid. As legend goes, he’s been protecting that ‘open’ frontier by running swiftly on TI’s OMAP™ processors for some time now.

    Along with his posse— TIers Eric Thomas, Jason Brewer and me—Cowboid saddled up and rode on down to Austin to the 1st Annual Big Android BBQ

  • Extreme Reality (XTR) partners with TI to make touchless gesturing a reality on OMAP™ 4 Platform

    Earlier this year, we reiterated our commitment toward enabling Natural User Interface (NUI) applications on the OMAP™ 4 platform.  This effort included one component that makes it possible for OMAP 4 platform-based devices to go beyond physical limitations of conventional touch screens and keyboards, to detecting and processing user interactions through  natural and 'touchless' gestures.
     
    We work closely…
  • Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processor: ARMed to transform mobile devices

    TI was proud to participate in the public launch this week of the ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processor as the advanced lead partner and first licensee of this game-changing technology.  It has been a long time coming, with initial planning with ARM going back to 2005 to evolve mobile devices beyond smartphones.
     
    We have seen a rapid pace of performance and innovations in mobile devices over the past couple years fueled…
  • High five, ARCHOS! New tablets echo scalable mobile success

    In my years of work with the TI team, I’ve learned that success is not just measured by the chips and technologies incubated inside of TI’s walls. Success, rather, is measured in large part by those chips’ and technologies’ ability to fuel customer success. For that reason, announcements like the one from ARCHOS on Tuesday certainly instill a sense of accomplishment in every TIer’s heart.…
  • ChARMed: Another TI “first”

    Building on our legacy of innovation, TI today announced we are officially recognized as the first licensee of the next generation ARM® Cortex™-A series processor core (also known as “Eagle”). This announcement underscores our team’s position as an ARM Advanced Lead Partner.

    The license was signed in June 2009, giving our engineers unique opportunities that ultimately benefit our customers…

  • Motorola’s Droid X launch: A true team’s success!

    As the Director of TI’s OMAP™ Wireless Ecosystem, I had the privilege to participate in Wednesday’s Droid X launch event in New York, and listen to Dr. Sanjay Jha’s brief and passionate speech. Most of Dr. Jha’s senior leadership team was there as well, and executives from partner companies filled the room atop this Manhattan hotel on a beautiful evening. It was an outstanding gathering of industry trend…
  • TI extends a warm welcome to Motorola’s Droid X

    Latest member of the Droid family brings even greater experiences to life
    Blogs and industry sites have been overflowing with anticipation over the past few months about the launch of the Droid X, Motorola’s second-generation Droid smartphone. Today, we applaud Motorola’s official launch of this eye-catching device! As the Applications Engineering Manager, I worked on the OMAP™ processor team that supported this…
  • Flash forward! TI applauds Adobe’s official Flash Player 10.1 debut

     

    Today, we at TI enthusiastically applaud Adobe® for its release of Flash® Player 10.1, as this highly anticipated milestone promises outstanding experiences for mobile consumers. Flash Player 10.1 is completely redesigned and optimized for mobile, delivering new interaction methods with support for mobile-specific input models. Thanks to Flash Player 10.1, mobile users will soon be able to experience richer applications…

  • MIPI Alliance – A mobile success story offers Information Session

    Today's mobile developers are faced with several interface design challenges, especially when it comes to proprietary technologies. Not only do proprietary interfaces fragment the market, but they increase development cost, package pins/cost, and interoperability testing complexity.

    Founded in July 2003 by ARM, Nokia, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments, the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Allia…

  • TI backs Linaro, fosters innovation in the Linux community

     

    Thoughts provided George Martin, Linux product line manager, OMAP products, wireless business unit, TI

     

    As Wednesday evening came to a close in the U.S., some exciting news is making its way to the Taipei presses. TI, ARM and a handful of other industry players just officially announced Linaro™, a not-for-profit open source software engineering company. TI is proud to be a part of this passionate…

  • Our OMAP processors embrace WebM and VP8 with open ARMs

    Today, Google and dozens of other leading software companies announced WebM – an open web media project – and the open sourcing of VP8, a high-performance video codec optimized for the Web. Google is open sourcing VP8 and contributing it to the WebM project under a royalty free license. The open video option now available with WebM and VP8 will dramatically increase the Web success directly tied to open and freely implementable…
  • Congrats to ARM, and a look at some “core” competencies

    Posted on behalf of Yoann Foucher, OMAP Platform Marketing Manager, wireless business unit, TI
     
    Recently, ARM was honored as the “Company of the Year” at the EE Times ACE Awards ceremony. The company’s experience and breakthroughs in mobile and low-power technologies were spiked out as key differentiators that drove ARM’s competitive edge amongst other nominees. This award reaffirms ARM’s position as a true leader…
  • TI’s March 31 webinar will be a page turner

    I’m helping with the first webinar in TI and In-Stat’s 2010 series, and it’s shaping up to be a great one! We’ve put together a star-studded panel to talk about what’s in store the eBooks and eReaders market from various perspectives, including industry analysis, display technologies, chip components, user interfaces and more. Our panelists from TI, In-Stat, E Ink, Mentor Graphics and other leading companies have listened…

  • Remembering Barcelona: Great things seen and heard

    With jet lag and day-long travels behind us, thoughts of Mobile World Congress are still very present in our day-to-day activities here at TI. Our week in Barcelona held many memorable moments, none of which compare to the valuable time we spent in conversations with the experts – customers, partners, media, analysts, developers – that make our mobile world go ‘round. Beyond being able to share the latest TI-driven…
  • "Blaze"ing new trails with TI’s OMAP 4 platform

    Last year at Mobile World Congress, our OMAPTM 4 platform stole the hearts of techies around the world. Today, we're thrilled to say that the ground-breaking platform is not only sampling, but is being showcased at Mobile World Congress (TI Booth 8A84, Hall 8). Together with a handful of innovative partners, our team is demoing some of the futuristic capabilities the OMAP 4 platform-based mobile devices will soon bring…

  • OMAP™ 3 “siblings” make their mark on the OMAP family

    As remarkable advancements continue to emerge from the show floor in Barcelona, it’s truly awe-inspiring to see how we – “we” as an industry and “we” as TI – have grown over the past decade.  We’ve grown in many areas, but one is near and dear to my heart: the OMAP™ processor line.  The latest in that family – the OMAP 4 platform – shows the promise of huge advancements…
  • OMAP™ 4 platform: Ready to lead the Human Device Interactions revolution

    This is an exciting time in the mobile device industry, as new levels of performance and integration are enabling dramatic new capabilities that were only dreams in sci-fi movies in the recent past.  We believe that the next big revolution involves how consumers "watch" and "interact" with their mobile devices, transforming how they will be used in our daily lives.  We envision a world where stereoscopic…

  • ARM Processors Lead the Next Computing Revolution

    Computer technology continues to evolve to be smaller, lower power and more personal.  We moved from mainframes to minicomputers to personal computers led by disruptive technologies: vacuum tubes gave way to transistors, integrated circuits and microprocessors.  An "always-connected" mobile computing revolution is now underway, enabled by low-power, system-on-chip (SoC) and energy-efficient ARM processor technologies.…

  • What’s in store for eBooks?

    These days, eBooks are all the rage. According to Amazon.com, for the first time ever on Christmas Day, customers purchased more Kindle books than physical books. That in and of itself is evidence that these cool little devices are entering the market in a very fast, very positive way.  

    Seeing great opportunity within this emerging market, TI today launched its new eBook development platform (pictured here…

  • User interfaces shape how we will interact with phones of the future

    Check out “A new paradigm in mobile user interfaces” webinar archive, and the futuristic Fuse mobile phone concept!
     
    Can you imagine having a phone that has 3D layers on the screen, so that icons “hide” behind each other until you tilt the device towards you? Or having a phone that projects your team’s schedules on the table to find an open time for a meeting? Or a phone that tracks your eyes, and projects…