Texas Instruments is turning their attention from mobile devices to unbelievable processing power. At Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain this week TI showcased the capabilities of their processors. While the processors speed is astounding that is not the real story here. The real news is what this processor will make possible in terms of upgrading the home, cloud computing, gaming, augmented reality, and mobile enterprise.
Fred Cohen, the director of the OMAP ecosystem for TI, wasn’t bashful about promoting the new processor either touting, “Visitors to the TI booth can immerse themselves in OMAP processor-driven experiences coming to all aspects of their lives – mobile, home, enterprise and beyond. From stunning OMAP 5 processor demonstrations and lifestyle-changing augmented reality to the digital home experience and radically visual imaging, TI’s OMAP processors deliver the power and performance required for the next decade of applications and experiences.”
The OMAP platform empowered devices are unlike anything that we have seen up to this point with the ability to power multiple screens at once. This is a big step in a great direction, especially for enterprise applications allowing for unprecedented multitasking. The processor even improves on smaller functions that some may find important like erasing shutter lag while taking high resolution pictures.
TI believes that the OMAP processor will bring us one step closer to our mobile devices being a remote control for our entire home or office. This includes TV, radio, lighting, and more all while running other applications at the same time. It may seem like a fun idea but there are also more important implications like improving home security and aiding individuals with limited mobility.
The OMAP processor offers massive improvements in visual imaging. While it will create clearer quality in high definition photos and video the real implications go much further. Just one of the many examples of how this will affect enterprise is the ability to download, save, and modify crystal clear blueprints at lighting fast speeds. Depending on the field of work, OMAP’s immersive interactions may infinitely improve the quality of work. Touch less gesturing will allow worker in field where their hands may get dirty or be tied up to use enterprise applications without potential harming their phone or slowing down their work.
It is impossible to predict how soon this technology will become common place, but it is undeniable that the OMAP processor will improve mobile technology as a whole. The implications that it may have on mobile enterprise applications are endless. This may prove to hold new challenges for mobile application developers, but in the end it will offer up even more options to create the best possible applications.
Texas Instruments have yet to identify how they will distribute this technology and who it will be available too. It would be safe to say that even if they keep this processor technology to themselves other companies will be scrambling to match and exceed the speed and capabilities of OMAP. This is great news for consumers and businesses that rely on mobile technology as they will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this exciting new technology.