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TI's OMAP chief lists top 11 tablet features

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2. Multi-screen computing.
Some vendors, including Toshiba and Acer, already offer dual-screen tablets. According to Talla, supporting multi-screen computing is less about the number and speed of processors on a chip and more about "the right infrastructure to pump 1080p video to three screens."

3. HD video conferencing.
"Anyone who can do video encode and decode can claim to have video conferencing," Talla said. The key here is bandwidth and the ability to interface with other types of devices, he added.

4. Cloud computing.
This has become a buzzword concept for devices of all types. But Talla noted that security is a key feature to enabling it.

5. Computational photography.
Using computational techniques to enhance images is resource-intensive, Talla said, suggesting that using the processor of an SoC was inefficient. He said chip firms have as of late been acquiring firms that have technology for image processing, referencing Intel Corp.'s February acquisition of Silicon Hive BV.

6. Augmented reality.
7. Premium content sharing.
At the Mobile World Congress in February, TI highlighted the OMAP 4's M-Shield security features on Android through a Netflix HD video streaming demo.

8. Gesture recognition/projection.
Talla described gesture recognition and projection interface technology akin to Microsoft Corp.'s Kinect for the Xbox 360but using much less expensive technology. Again, Talla emphasized that for efficiency's sake this work must be offloaded from CPUs and GPUs and performed by other parts of the SoC.

9. Mobile/secure transaction support.
10. Immersive 3D gaming.
11. Stereoscopic capture with audio convergence.
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