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TI's OMAP 4 chips bring HD movies to Android

Android mobile devices based on Texas Instruments' OMAP 4 chips have gained the capability to securely play high-definition 1080p video.Texas Instruments (TI) announced on Monday that it had gained the Netflix Silicon Reference Implementation (SRI) certification, which allows OMAP 4-based devices to play large video files on devices with Android's 2.
Written by Jack Clark, Contributor

Android mobile devices based on Texas Instruments' OMAP 4 chips have gained the capability to securely play high-definition 1080p video.

Texas Instruments (TI) announced on Monday that it had gained the Netflix Silicon Reference Implementation (SRI) certification, which allows OMAP 4-based devices to play large video files on devices with Android's 2.3 OS Gingerbread, along with future versions.

"This milestone reflects the strength of TI's M-Shield technology on the OMAP 4 platform," Texas Instruments wrote in a statement. "[It] marks the first time Netflix has certified its 1080p streaming application with end-to-end protection on a mobile device."

TI's OMAP 4 system-on-a-chip (SoC) contains dual Arm Cortex A9 processors, quad-radio WiLink 7.0 connectivity and M-Shield security technology. Because the security has in-built anti-copying and hardware-level protection against threats, the OMAP 4 was able to be certified by Netflix, TI said.

While Qualcomm has a far greater number of its chips in mobile devices, TI is present in some smartphones and tablets. Hardware maker Archos based its latest Android tablets on the OMAP 4 processors, along with LG for its 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D.

Netflix launched on Android in May. In a blog post the company said "in the absence of standardisation, we have to test each individual handset and launch only on those that can support playback".

Netflix is US-only. Its main UK counterpart is Lovefilm, owned by Amazon via Amazon Web Services.

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