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Pathpartner Skype 720p and Ittiam 4-way video chat get TI OMAP4 demo

Pathpartner Skype 720p and Ittiam 4-way video chat get TI OMAP4 demo

Texas Instruments told us they were more interested in showing what their OMAP processors could do than telling us, and the TI booth at MWC 2011 was bristling with vendors showing what they'd coaxed out of OMAP4 chipsets. Video conferencing companies Pathpartner and Ittiam shared a stand with their offerings, the former pushing 720p HD Skype calls, the latter four-way video calls in which only a single participant need have an OMAP4-based device.

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Optimus 3D vs Optimus Tab: Not all HD 3D video is created equal

Optimus 3D vs Optimus Tab: Not all HD 3D video is created equal

When we caught up with LG earlier today, to check out the freshly announced Optimus 3D and Optimus Tab, we couldn't help but wonder about the discrepancy between the smartphone's 1080p Full HD 3D recording capabilities and the tablet's 720p HD 3D recording. Turns out, there's more to a 1GHz, dual-core chipset than just its ARM cores: the Optimus 3D's Texas Instruments OMAP4430 has native support for Full HD recording in 3D, while the NVIDIA Tegra 2 in the Tab doesn't.

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EPOS Ultrasonic Pen turns your table into a tablet [Video]

EPOS Ultrasonic Pen turns your table into a tablet [Video]

Texas Instrument's OMAP4 platform, star of MWC 2010, is now filtering out onto the market in devices like the LG Optimus 3D and BlackBerry PlayBook, but we're yet to see anything quite make the most of its hardware abilities. We caught up with EPOS, who have used the OMAP4's triple microphone array to develop an ultrasonic pen system that can track handwriting in the space a foot around a device.

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PandaBoard OMAP4 developer board on sale for $174 [Video]

PandaBoard OMAP4 developer board on sale for $174 [Video]

The PandaBoard Cortex-A9 OMAP4 developer board we mentioned at the start of the month has gone on sale, priced at a reasonable $174.  Based around a dual-core 1GHz chip with 1GB of RAM, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1, the PandaBoard supports 1080p 30fps output via HDMI and is intended to allow developers to whip up OMAP4-compatible apps in Android, Angstrom, Chrome, MeeGo and Ubuntu.

Video demo after the cut

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XTR and TI partner on next-gen touchless gesture control engine optimized for OMAP

XTR and TI partner on next-gen touchless gesture control engine optimized for OMAP

Few will argue that gesture controls on touchscreen devices is a bad thing. The only real downside to being able to swipe your finger across the screen of your MP3 player or your computer is that you end up with fingerprints and smears all over the screen. A company called Extreme Reality (XTR) has teamed up with Texas instruments to develop a next generation gesture control technology that is optimized for OMAP that doesn’t require the user to actually touch the screen.

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Texas Instruments Blaze Tablet Available This August

Texas Instruments Blaze Tablet Available This August

We've had a lot of things to cover when it comes to Texas Instruments' OMAP4, especially when it has anything to do with that Blaze name. From our hands-on time with the previously released OMAP Blaze, which happened twice, to the general overview of the device we provided earlier in the year, it's one of the more exciting pieces of technology out there. And now, Texas Instruments is cramming all of the goodness of that Blaze moniker into, that's right, a tablet!

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Texas Instruments OMAP Blaze on Sale Now

Texas Instruments OMAP Blaze on Sale Now

The Texas Instruments OMAP3 and OMAP4 mobile development platform is something that we've followed pretty extensively here at SlashGear. With an in-depth look at what the platform as a whole offers, plus not just one, but two different hands-on videos of the whole set up in action, we're pretty comfortable in saying that TI's creation is one of the most interesting things we've seen in a long time. That's why we're happy to see that their OMAP Blaze is now on sale. In four variations, no less.

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Next-gen Chipsets: next-gen convergence

Next-gen Chipsets: next-gen convergence

Even before you leave an event like Mobile World Congress 2010 you get used to people asking you what the most interesting or exciting thing you've seen at the show has been. This year, while there was no shortage of impressive hardware imminent to the market, the real promise for me was in next-gen chipsets. Texas Instruments, NVIDIA, Freescale, Marvell, Qualcomm and others had all brought their wares along to demo, and the promises - not to mention the step up from existing platforms - were flowing thick and fast. So, what sort of devices can we expect using these new chipsets?

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Texas Instruments Blaze video demo

Texas Instruments Blaze video demo

Back when we gave you a sneak preview of Texas Instruments' OMAP4 developers device - since named the Blaze - what we really wanted to show you was video demo of its strutting its tri-display Full HD potential.  Unfortunately they weren't quite ready to go public with that, so we've had to wait until MWC 2010 this week.  While the next-gen chipset battle is nowhere near finished yet, it's certainly an exciting time for mobile devices; after the cut, the Blaze gets a video demo - including custom dual-screen Android - and TI tell us why not all ARM Cortex A8 cores are created equal.

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