Texas Instruments Wants OMAP Inside Windows Phone 7
Texas Instruments wants its OMAP chips approved for use in Windows Phone 7 devices, reports Fortune. Currently the only manufacturer green lighted by way of WP7 Chassis 1 specifications is Qualcomm, with its Snapdragon family of processors, but TI Senior Vice President Greg Delagi suggests that “Microsoft will have to address questions of platform diversity.”
“Right now, it’s requiring manufacturers to lock in to a single architecture,” he continued, insinuating that OEMs like HTC and Samsung (which went OMAP for its Omnia HD despite fabricating its own processors in-house) would prefer a more competitive market for this key component. The company has previously provided CPUs for Windows Mobile devices, but Microsoft seemingly wanted tighter control over the WP7 experience, leaving the nVIDIAs and TI’s of the world out in the cold, at least initially.
Meanwhile, OMAP processors have found their way into Motorola’s popular line of Droid handsets, and the Palm Pre 2 also reportedly can boast of OMAP 4 architecture. For the Windows Phone fans out there, are you happy enough with Snapdragon to make a lifelong commitment, or would you prefer more choices when it comes to your phone?