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!

We just caught wind of the Blaze tablet, which features Texas Instruments' OMAP4. Designed specifically around the Blaze development platform, which in of itself is designed to maximize software compatibility. In the tablet, you can make room for a cellular modem, WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, and even FM connectivity. They're all reconfigurable, using the same sockets as the Blaze development platform.

The Blaze tablet will also support new features and applications, thanks to the multiple external camera modules, as well as the external DLP pico-projector, which can be given multiple attachments, as well as an extended field of view. Inside, you'll find the OMAP4430 1GHz processor, which should leave you wanting nothing more for quite some time.

As for the tablet itself, you'll get your hands on a 10.4-inch XVGA (1024 x 768) LCD touchscreen display, as well as two USB ports. You can also power the tablet thanks to USB power, if that's what you're into. As for memory, it has 1GB lpDDR2, and 32GB eMMC tucked away inside. And, for the record, this isn't a tablet for the mainstream out there — it's designed for developers, so if the shoe fits, this may be the next tablet you pick up. You can sign up for email newsletter at the site, right here, but hopefully we won't have to wait until the end of August to get our hands on one. In the mean time, check out our video of the hands-on we did have with Blaze.

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Blaze Tablet features

Core Logic

OMAP4430 1GHz application and multimedia processor IC

TWL6030 Phoenix power management IC

TWL6040 Phoenix audio IC

CDC3S04 clock driver IC


1 GB lpDDR2

32 GB eMMC v4.41


10.4" XGA (1024 x 768) LCD

One (1) standard v1.1a DisplayPort connector

External pico DLP Projector Support


User Interface

Projected Capacitance Touch (PCT) sensor

Multi-touch capable touch screen controller

Three (3) tri-color status LEDs used as backlight for "OS" buttons

Two (2) unbalanced mass vibration motors

Buttons and Switches

One (1) recessed, externally operable reset button

One (1) power on/off button

Three (3) front screen "OS" buttons

One (1) "lock" switch

One (1) battery mode switch

Serial Interfaces

One (1) HS USB OTG

Two (2) HS USB host ports

Removable Media

One (1) full size 8-bit SD/MMC external connector

One (1) full size SD/MMC internal connector

One (1) SIM card for modem support


One (1) 3.5 mm stereo headset jack for audio output and MIC input

Two (2) 1W RMS speakers

Four (4) digital microphones


One (1) COM connector for connectivity modules

One (1) full miniPCIe connector for modem modules


WLAN (802.11a/b/g/n) via WL1283 COM7 module

BT via WL1283 COM7 module

GPS via WL1283 COM7 module

FM TX/RX via WL1283 COM7 module

Modem (Wide Area Network) Support

LTE modem support via standard miniPCIe module

3G modem support via standard miniPCIe module

To clarify, only one modem can be used at any given moment


3-axis accelerometer

3-axis gyro

Temperature sensor

Ambient light sensor

Proximity sensor

Pressure (barometric) sensor

Digital compass

External Camera modules (optional)

5MP AF camera modules mounted externally on tablet frame

The camera module(s) will be connected to the Blaze via standard HDMI cables

Each OMAP4430 CSI-2 camera interface will have a dedicated HDMI-style connector


The mechanical envelope, is 10.48" (266.094 mm) x 8.28" (210.294 mm) x 1.14" (29 mm)

The frame of Blaze Tablet is aluminum

The frame of the Blaze Tablet will be grooved to allow for external camera module and pico DLP projector attachment

The attachment system will provide flexibility to the pointing angles of the external camera modules and pico DLP projector


Support for USB power

One (1) standard 5V input for wall power

4100 mAHr single-cell LiON Battery


One (1) 802.3 (wired) Ethernet port (RJ-45 connector)

One (1) MIPI Test and Debug connector

One (1) USB connector which has serial (UART) data

Optional debug LEDs

[via SVTronics; thanks Chris!]