TabletIs a handheld electronic device which utilizes a touch screen or a stylus pen to access or process information that allow for greater mobility. Based on different market focuses and system requirements, it could be broken up into two main categories: consumer/multimedia tablet and enterprise tablet. This design is focused on the consumer/multimedia tablet and high end enterprise tablet that requires high definition video decoding; for TI enterprise tablet focused solution, please go to Enterprise Tablet reference design based on TI Sitara ARM processor at here.
Multimedia Tablet is primarily designed to run multimedia and web-based applications which require considerable processing power. Its main advantage over a laptop PC or a Notebook PC is its portability which is achieved by having a small form factor and less number of peripheral devices. Additionally, it uses a touch screen as the primary interface to control and interact with the product. Key requirements for a Tablet include:
- small form factor: portability
- wireless connectivity options
- power efficiency
The Cortex A8/ A9/ A15 processors are designed and optimized for advanced multimedia HD capabilities supporting full multi-standard playback and record functionality. It manages all the critical functions including text or video displays and audio interfaces. Typical operating systems used are Linux and Android.
TI's WiLink solutions are a single-chip WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, and FM solution that delivers low-power, small form-factor, and low-cost requirements of portable equipment manufacturers worldwide.
TI provides solutions for the LCD/OLED/eINK displays which include the low-power, high-ESD protection touch screen controllers, display interface products, and LCD bias and backlight solutions. Light sensors are also essential for continuous monitoring of ambient lighting to keep the power consumption for backlighting to down to a minimum.