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Friday, 18 February 2011 19:28

Kal-El is a 40nm quad-core

Written by Fuad Abazovic


Jen-Hsun confirms
Nvidia's fancy Kal-El quad-core mobile processor that is supposed to be five times faster than the current Tegra 2 is a 40nm part. This was confirmed by Nvidia.

Now this explains a lot as TSMC won't start risk production of 28nm before Q4 2011 and even then we guess it would be risky to make a completely new big mobile chip on a new and unproven process.

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed that the chip is 40nm during the latest earnings conference call. He said that 28nm will ge available in very late 2011 and since Kal-El should ship in Q3, the production should already start in Q2.Jensen also claims that yields are fabulous on 40nm and that it just makes sense for them.

You can expect that this chip might need much more energy than Tegra 2 as we guess it will be quite a bit bigger. It has four cores as well as a much bigger graphics part, but we are sure that some vendors won't mind that much as most of the power is drawn by the display anyway.

The 28nm chip seems to be scheduled for the latter part of 2012, along with OMAP 4 and the quad-core Snapdragon APQ8064.
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+12 #1 Tranzz 2011-02-18 19:56
Quote:
You can expect that this chip might need much more energy than Tegra 2 as we guess...


Thats funny as one of your previous articles stated that it would draw simmilar or less than tegra 2
 
 
+7 #2 nele 2011-02-18 20:02
Quoting Tranzz:
Quote:
You can expect that this chip might need much more energy than Tegra 2 as we guess...


Thats funny as one of your previous articles stated that it would draw simmilar or less than tegra 2







Well, if it ended up at 28nm, it probably would have... But at 40nm, nooo way... :-*
 
 
+20 #3 Jermelescu 2011-02-18 20:41
I'm bored of 40nm, fo' real!
 
 
+8 #4 thomasg 2011-02-19 02:53
Now the article from Wednesday makes even less sense! Tegra 3 will be 5x as fast as Tegra 2 on the same process, but Tegra 4 will only be twice as fast as Tegra 3 on a much smaller (and somewhat mature by the time it comes out) process?

Edit: I don't mean the article, I mean nVIDIA's roadmap discussed in the article.
 
 
+1 #5 godrilla 2011-02-19 17:37
What about Kepler? Will it too be 40nm ? Or will it be 28 nm in late q4 2011 or even Q1 2012?
 
 
-3 #6 Nerdfighter 2011-02-19 22:12
And what will the battery life be on a "Kal-El" phone? If the performance is 5x, then the power draw ought to be multiple times higher too. If you desire more than 2 cores on your phone, wait for 28nm.
 
 
-1 #7 East17 2011-02-20 14:24
Now how dumb was AMD to sell of their Imageon division ?

How come the Board of Directors approved such a stupid move?

Were these guys the same guys that practically fired D. Meyer ?
 
 
-2 #8 Nerdfighter 2011-02-20 20:05
Quoting East17:
Now how dumb was AMD to sell of their Imageon division ?

How come the Board of Directors approved such a stupid move?

Were these guys the same guys that practically fired D. Meyer ?

Another Nvidia fanboy on rampage posting totally irrelevant stuff and thumbs down anyone who has anything negative to say about Nvidia's products. Every corporation does dumb things. Take Nokia, who didn't hop on the Android train and is suffering now.
 
 
-3 #9 nt300 2011-02-21 07:42
AMD made a VERY smart move to sell off the Imageon division. By doing so they consentrated on the Graphics and CPU division of the company. In the result of it's minor re-structure, AMD has been crowned the king of Graphics for more than 2+ years and is still holding onto that title.
We also have the innovative Fusion design that looks quite successful as per many previews and early reviews we've been seeing plastered on the net, along with the most anticipating Bulldozer design built from the ground up.

All these divisions within AMD got an injection of strong R&D all thanks to the selling off of Imageon Division...
 
 
0 #10 dan 2011-02-21 11:42
I told you Kack-El was 40nm in the comments several days ago, Fudo. Your readers have more knowledge than you do, apparently.
 

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