On the 21st of this month we brought to you an article about Notion Ink‘s sequel tablet the Adam II and how it would be packing an OMAP processor. This is a complete change up to the Tegra platform they were running in their original Adam tablet. A lot of folk begin to question the change from one processor to the next. In fact, they’ve been questioned enough to release an official statement explaining the reason they made that switch. While we could argue various semantics with benchmarks, memory bandwidth and so on, what really matters is how the power is utilized. In the end this is the argument that was used by Notion Ink.
The main reason that they made the switch from Nvidia to TI is because they think that they can get a lot more mileage out of the chipset. In most documentations, white papers, etc TI’s OMAP comes out as top dog. If this is coupled with OMAP’s better battery life you have yourself a good reason to switch. Tegra 3 quad-core is built using a 40nm fabrication process while the new OMAP 5 chips uses a smaller 28nm process. This makes them cheaper to produce and sell to possible manufacturers while also consuming less power.
While right now this all looks good on paper, we will have to see it in a real world application in order to say one way or another. Stay tuned as we find out more information on this sequel device!