January 27, 2009

The TI OMAP 3430 CPU: Some Features

Filed under: Groundwork — mikecane @ 12:08 pm

I was reading the description of the Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 processor that powers the Pre and came across some very interesting information that could point to features Palm could add via webOS updates. Currently, none of these features have been announced as Pre capabilities:

Multistandard video file support and DVD-camcorder quality video recording

The increased capabilities of the IVA2+ enables multi-standard (MPEG4, H264, Windows Media Video, RealVideo etc.) encode and decode at DVD resolutions. With the advanced multimedia capabilities of the OMAP3430 a multi-standard DVD-quality camcorder can be added to a phone for the first time.


IVA™ 2+ (Image Video Audio) accelerator enables multi-standard (MPEG4, WMV9, RealVideo, H263, H264) encode/decode at D1 (720×480 pixels) 30 fps

OpenGL and OpenVG

The OMAP3430 processor embeds Imagination Technologies’ POWERVR SGX™ graphics core, and supports OpenGL ES® 2.0 and OpenVG™, providing superior graphics performance and advanced user interface capabilities. TI is enabling sophisticated and dynamic images with “smart pixel” technology offered via OpenGL ES 2.0.

High-quality audio and USB On-The-Go

TWL4030 power management/audio codec companion device [includes] a high-fidelity audio/voice codec, class-AB/D audio amplifiers, [and] high-speed USB 2.0 OTG transceiver[.]

Video output

Flexible system support
* Composite and S-video TV output
* XGA (1024×768 pixels), 16M-color (24-bit definition) display support
* Flatlink™ 3G-compliant serial display and parallel display support
* High Speed USB2.0 On-The-Go support

It remains to be seen if Palm will use all of these built-in features. Some seem to be available to the Pre as it is, without requiring any hardware adjustments. The key question is, how much of these can webOS actually use upon release?



  1. Wow nice little thread. Id love if they would open up some s video even if it were choppy. Imagine some Hulu via flash 10.1 running through your s video to the tv. free cable essentially. combine that with boxee.

    I love this phone!

    Comment by braincell — January 13, 2010 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

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