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Palm Pre's Processor is Fast!

by Jennifer Chappell Fri, 16 Jan 2009 5:17 pm EST


Nigel over at The Red Ferret Journal has reported some very interesting information about the Palm Pre's processor.  Nigel asked the chip maker Texas Instruments (TI) what is so special about the processor, which is the OMAP3430.

TI said that the ARM Cortex A8-based OMAP 3 processor in the Palm Pre is 3 times faster than the ARM11 core. So the Palm Pre's processor has the following features:

  • Boots in as little as 4 seconds
  • Up to 4x graphical performance
  • Up to 2x camera performance improvements
  • Up to 4x video performance
  • The chip in the Palm Pre supports up to a 12 megapixel camera and offers support for 720p HD video.  

So no wonder the Palm Pre can handle all that sweet multi-tasking! I remember Palm saying that you can have up to 15 cards open at a time on the Pre. And even though we did see a little lag during some of the demonstrations at CES, Palm has said that they're still working on the speed.

According to The Red Ferret Journal, TI has said that the OMAP3430 is a "laptop type processing" and will be standard in a new level of handset design. Looks like we'll be seeing many more smartphones with the OMAP3430 processor.

I'm sure glad that the Palm Pre has this great and speedy processor. I can't wait to get a Pre and experience the speed and all the multi-tasking.