TI OMAP processors to drive iRobot robots

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Texas Instruments OMAP processor

iRobot Corp. and Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has recently signed a partnership to use TI's well-known OMAP processor platform in iRobot's future robotic products. The ARM based OMAP multicore processors are widely used in mobile computing today, being the base of many of the well-known smart phones and tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy phones and the Amazon Kindle Fire. These processors combine outstanding computing power with very low power consumption, and often contain a dedicated graphics core for faster image processing.

The press release didn't declare any timeframe in which we should expect these technologies to appear in robots, but knowing the short turnaround time of processor development, I would bet this will happen sooner rather than later.

Press release: 

Texas Instruments and iRobot team up to shape future robotic innovation

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) and iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in robotic technology-based solutions, today announced a partnership to develop robotic technologies using TI's smart multicore OMAP™ platform. The relationship stems from the companies' shared vision to create intelligent and practical robots capable of enhancing people's lives. The two companies will achieve this vision by leveraging iRobot's long history in advancing the field of robotics and TI's strength in applications processors and related technologies.

With two decades of leadership in the robot industry, iRobot is a proven technology leader in remote presence and automated home maintenance solutions. To date, iRobot has sold more than 7.5 million home robots worldwide, revolutionizing the way people clean both inside and outside the home. More than 4,500 combat-proven government and industrial robots have been delivered to military and civil defense forces worldwide, performing thousands of dangerous search, reconnaissance and bomb-disposal missions while protecting those in harm's way.

TI brings to the partnership the industry's leading applications processor technology captured in the OMAP™ platform-a high performing, ultra-power-efficient system-on-chip that's smaller than a dime. The OMAP platform's smart multicore architecture sends processing tasks to cores and engines that can best do the job using the least amount of power possible. TI complements this fundamental computing experience with several unique features, such as sophisticated image and video accelerators.

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