TI commits to OMAP5 for industrial applications despite uncertainty

November 19, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
Despite the imminent sale of the Texas Instrument's OMAP group, the company says it remains committed to the technology for the industrial market with six partners launching modules for shipment next year.

“TI is committed to the expansion of OMAP processors into industrial applications that require long product life cycles, extended temperature and reliability, and real-time control and communication,” said Debasish ‘Ron’ Nag, manager of TI’s OMAP industrial business. “Our OMAP 5 processors meet rigorous industrial requirements and come backed by a support model that ensures protection and longevity of customers’ investments, solidified by our commitment to ship devices for 10 years following production. We are proud to work with top SoM vendors to ease and speed industrial designs.”
The new OMAP 5 processor-based modules integrate dual ARM Cortex-A15 MPcores for high-performance application processing and dual Cortex-M4 cores for efficient task offloading and power optimization. Integrated DSP provides flexible, high-performance, real-time processing analytics and control and there are on-chip accelerators for vision, full-HD video (1080p) and 2D/3D graphics. The devices sit between the high end multicore Keystone processors and the single core Sitara range.
New OMAP 5 processor based modules are expected to be available to select customers in first quarter 2013 from TI’s vendors. These include Embedded++ (EPP-Pico-OMAP5430 module), GreenBase (GK-5432 module), Jorjin (APM-5 module), Phytec (phyCORE-OMAP5430 SOM module), SECO (μQ7-OMAP5 module) and Variscite (VAR-SOM-OM54 module).
TI’s OMAP 5 processors are intended for high-volume customers, and are not sold through distributors.