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Gain seamless access to the Internet, media and TV with new ARCHOS Internet Media Tablets powered by Texas Instruments’ OMAP™ 3 applications processors
OMAP 3 applications processors provide laptop-like performance and support multi-format video for the new ARCHOS 5, ARCHOS 5G and ARCHOS 7 IMTs
The new handheld tablets allow consumers to seamlessly explore and navigate the Internet and media on an incredibly high-resolution screen for sharp, DVD or HD quality video. The ARCHOS 5 offers 60 to 250 GB of memory and an optimal mix of Wi-Fi® technology, high-quality video and long battery life. The 30-GB ARCHOS 5G IMT features 3.5G-ready technology for seamless connectivity and Internet browsing through a cellular network. The ARCHOS 7 couples greater storage capacity with 160 or 320 GB options, and a larger screen for increased viewing and multimedia comfort.
"The innovative architecture of TI's OMAP 3 processors provides the high-end performance, low power levels and video flexibility that allow our customers to experience rich multimedia on the go," said Henri Crohas, CEO, ARCHOS. "Building on our expertise in portable media players, ARCHOS is able to harness TI's advanced processors to design a new generation of devices for the Mobile Internet Device market."
Harnessing OMAP 3 technology
Taking advantage of the ARM Cortex-A8 processor, the new IMTs achieve more than 1200 million of instructions per second (MIPS) to run faster code execution for a no-compromise web browsing experience. With this unprecedented performance, users gain faster access to full Web pages, TV and video clips, and are able to read, write and download email, audio and video attachments on a five or seven inch touch screen display. This means users no longer need to zoom in or out to view content on a Web page and no more endless waiting for pages to be loaded.
The OMAP 3 processors are highly integrated system-on-chips (SoC) that offer HD video with a TMS320C64x+(TM) DSP core, video and imaging accelerators, and video-centric peripherals all tuned to support multi-format video. With MPEG-4 ASP and WMV9 advanced profile at 720p as well as DVD-quality H.264 and MPEG-2, the ARCHOS devices can decode popular video formats on the web today for a true media-on-the-go experience.
Battery life was a critical factor when designing the ARCHOS IMTs. ARCHOS leveraged the multi-core design of the OMAP35x devices, which integrates power management technologies that fully optimize the ARM and DSP engines to maximize efficiency. The architecture also utilizes TI's SmartReflex(TM) power and performance management software to dynamically control voltage and frequency based on the IMT's activity use and modes of operation. This elevated flexibility yields longer battery life, giving users four hours of video playback on the devices' 800 X 480 resolution display.
"TI is committed to helping ARCHOS develop high-quality products that take advantage of the world's first implementation of the superscalar ARM Cortex-A8 processor. Coupled with a TI C64x+(TM) DSP core, the OMAP 3 processors provide the necessary performance and multimedia features for enhanced functionality on the ARCHOS devices," said Suman Narayan, general manager, Catalog Processors and Emerging End Equipment, TI. "As consumers continually demand HD video, media-rich data and connectivity anytime and anywhere, ARCHOS pushes the boundaries as a leading innovator with its new IMTs."
Complete system-level solution
TI's complete system-level solution - including the scalable OMAP 3 applications processors, power management ICs, logic components and touch screen controllers - allows ARCHOS to integrate full functionality on a single platform. These solutions not only enable the high performance and video capabilities but also incredibly low power levels, which alleviates consumers' concerns about devices running out of battery. For more information on where to buy these ARCHOS IMTs, please see www.archos.com
About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to www.ti.com.
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