Although Qualcomm was the first company to reach the 1 GHz mark with its Snapdragon CPU and Apple followed with the A4, Texas Instruments is ready to catch up, as they’ve announced the Cortex A8 1 GHz chipset. Based on 45nm technology, the AM3703 and AM3715 are follow-ups to the TI OMAP35x line, available in 600, 800 and 1000 MHz flavours.
The new product is meant for industrial and building automation, automotive navigation, smart displays and obviously smartphones. The latter will benefit from the dual core Cortex A9 chipset later in 2010. The AM3715 and AM3703 CPUs are now available for sampling, being priced at $26 for the first unit and $22.50 for the second.
Orders will be placed in 1,000 unit quantities, according to TI. The new processor enables advanced video processing, specially when compared to OMAP3530 solutions.