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Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:46

Nvidia reveals Kal-El quad core Tegra

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Already sampling to manufacturers
Nvidia has showcased its first quad-core Tegra processor, codenamed Kal-El, and the new part should enable much more powerful tablets and high-end phones.

Senior VP of Nvidia's Mobile Business Phil Carmak announced that the new processor will deliver a five-fold graphics performance increase over the current Tegra 2 dual-core. Capable of driving 2560x1600 displays, the new processor could power much more serious products than current tablets.

"You'll have full photo editing, video editing, writing of documents, browsing the Web, all sorts of stuff," he said.

He noted that Kal-El will allow hi-res displays on tablets, comparable to Apple's Retina display in terms of pixels per square millimeter. This should reduce eye strain and improve user experience.

On the CPU side of things, Nvidia claims Kal-El will outperform an Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 in CoreMark, which sounds quite impressive. The new processor should also speed up web browsing and other applications. Nvidia also showed off some 1440p playback on a 2560x1600 screen.

Nvidia started sampling Kal-El chips to manufacturers two weeks ago, but actual products won't appear until the end of the year, or early 2012.

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+22 #1 Kryojenix 2011-02-16 13:01
Kal-El huh?
Will it also enable x-ray vision and run applications faster than a speeding bullet? What about leaping tall-buildings in a single bound? Will it work in the presence of kryptonite? :-x
-10 #2 Peter Ong 2011-02-16 14:09
What you're gona do with a quad-core on your mobile device!? 2 yrs back, we already able to play a movie while listening to the call with a single core.
-24 #3 Warrior24_7 2011-02-16 14:53
Where is AM-DOO DOO in all of this? :D
-6 #4 pogsnet 2011-02-16 16:03
Yes it may have the horse power to do those things but it is not yet supported by 99% of all x86/x64 softwares out there and that may take 5 years or more for most software to migrate if they intend to migrate. Anyways AMD and Intel processors are getting hyper multi threading per cores and going to more power efficient arena too. Whatever point of view ARM is still left behind to compete x86 processors if they intend to win with muscles.
+9 #5 magius 2011-02-16 16:05
Here is hoping that manufacturers pair the chipset with equally rated memory and components. It may turn up to be a fast performer but if memory bandwidth keeps it down it won't matter.

Phones with at least 1GB of dedicated memory (not talking about storage here) is what we need. No more hiccups please.
+16 #6 aussiebear 2011-02-16 16:52
On the CPU side of things, Nvidia claims Kal-El will outperform an Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 in CoreMark, which sounds quite impressive.

Look carefully at the Coremark 1.0 chart!

GCC 3.4.4 with -O2 enabled for the Intel CPU.
GCC 4.4.1 with -O3 enabled for Nvidia ARM CPUs.

Nvidia intentionally used an older version of GCC and less aggressive optimization option for the comparison Intel CPU to look good!
-10 #7 HiTechpro 2011-02-16 18:25
Quoting Warrior24_7:
Where is AM-DOO DOO in all of this? :D

+1 #8 hoohoo 2011-02-16 19:02
@pogsnet - incorrect if the OS is Linux or *BSD. These OS's and the software that runs on them are extremely portable.

Thus the wonderful people who are enlightened by the One True Operating System will continue to live in a world of beauty and soft colors.

People enslaved by the Beast of Redmond will have a problem, and they will continue to live in a harsh world, where cooperation is discouraged, and everything is colored either black or red.
+2 #9 dicobalt 2011-02-16 22:27
In other news Intel revealed their new mobile chip codenamed Kryptonite.
-3 #10 rickster 2011-02-17 00:58
I'm impressed it can nearly match an Intel Core 2 Duo chip in terms of processing power yet use only a thousandth of its power.

With Microsoft engineering Windows 8 for ARM architecture chips use also (which includes the Tegra) Nvidia really could make a push into the PC market....

Interesting years ahead :)

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