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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?

Keep taking the Tablets

Keep taking the Tablets

Like the charming, fey uncle your grandmother warned you against showering with, Apple's iPad has us confused. Tablets have broached the mainstream and, like CES 2010 last month, this past week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona saw several more companies show their hand. Each of the chipset companies we spoke to - Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Freescale, Marvell and others - included tablets among the target market for their ARM-based wares, and we played with various concepts, prototypes and mockups, many of which are destined for release within the next twelve months.

Kopin Golden-i wearable PC hands-on [Video]

Kopin Golden-i wearable PC hands-on [Video]

Don't let anybody tell you tech blogging is all glamour; sometimes in the name of a great story - and showcasing a fantastic gadget - you end up looking pretty darn ridiculous.  Wearable computing specialists Kopin were walking the MWC 2010 show floor giving demonstrations of their Golden-i head-mounted PC, which promises a 15-inch virtual display that can be voice-controlled while leaving your hands free.  Check out our first-impressions and a demo video after the cut.

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Texas Instruments gesture recognition demo [Video]

Texas Instruments gesture recognition demo [Video]

It wasn't all OMAP4 overload at Texas Instruments' stand here at Mobile World Congress 2010; the company is also showing off its latest attempts at gesture recognition. TI reckons tomorrow's smartphones could better be controlled by single- or multiple- finger gestures performed in front of the handset, rather than multitouch limited to the display, and they've come up with a way to recognize 3D movements with a single, inexpensive webcam.

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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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Texas Instruments Blaze is OMAP4 dev device: lands mid-2010

Texas Instruments Blaze is OMAP4 dev device: lands mid-2010

Remember Texas Instruments' OMAP4 development device, which we exclusively showed you earlier this month?  The company have gone OMAP4 crazy today at Mobile World Congress 2010 today, officially launching the HD-capable chipset together with confirming that it will support Flash player 10.1.  They've also officially named the dev-device, which will go on sale to particularly devoted coders as the Blaze.

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TI WiLink 7.0 packs WiFi-N, Bluetooth 3.0, FM & GPS onto single chip

TI WiLink 7.0 packs WiFi-N, Bluetooth 3.0, FM & GPS onto single chip

While we focused more on Texas Instruments' eye-catching OMAP4 development device when we visited the company a few weeks ago, we also had a chance to talk to their wireless chipset team.  TI's combo chipsets - which pack various mixtures of WiFi, Bluetooth, FM and GPS onto a single component - get a new sibling today, in the shape of the WiLink 7.0, an integrated chip that combines all four of those wireless technologies.

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Texas Instruments OMAP4 hands-on

Texas Instruments OMAP4 hands-on

Mobile World Congress 2010 is fast approaching, but here at SlashGear we thought we'd grab a head start on our coverage. We caught up with Texas Instruments at their Dallas office to take a look at their latest OMAP3 and OMAP4 chipsets and some of the development hardware they've been producing. Most interesting, perhaps, is the OMAP4-based device you see here, capable of simultaneously driving three independent displays and packing a pico-projector module.

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