Confirmed: BlackBerry PlayBook Uses TI OMAP4430 Processor.


One of the most popular tablets at CES was RIM’s PlayBook. The QNX-powered device is literally a make or break device for RIM, as it showcases the future of their smartphones. Fail here and it will be death sentence — albeit a slow one. But from what we saw at CES last week, RIM has a very good thing on their hands. The pre-release, non-final hardware and software was fluid and smooth, with only an occasional hiccup here or there. Certainly not bad for a beta product.

Thus far, many a geek have been begging RIM to share what processor is powering the PlayBook only to come up empty handed. Thankfully, TI’s product line manager, Brian Carlson, confirmed that it was in fact their 1GHz dual-core OMAP4430 processor inside the PlayBook. While not the fastest, it’s definitely up their on the list of 2011′s greatest mobile processors. And again, from what we saw in RIM’s booth, is more than capable of delivering an awesome experience. What about TI’s reasoning for not going with the increasingly common Nvidia Tegra 2? Security — TI’s 4430 supports MShield technology. Makes since.

Source: EETimes


  • January 10, 2011 7:04 am
  • by: Mike
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