Quad-core Heading To Your Phones/Tablets

Aron Schatz
February 16, 2011

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Nividia's Tegra platform will reach a new level in mobile computing this year. They expect to release a quad-core Tegra system for tablets in August and the end of the year for mobile phones. They also say that it is just as fast as a Core 2 Duo, but ARM CPUs are well suited for pure number crunching. Benchmarks don't tell the entire story. I'm sure it is plenty fast, though. The code name is Kal-El. I wonder if Intel or AMD will announce a kryptonite CPU to counter this?


So it turns out that NVIDIA roadmap we saw last month was as true and pure as driven snow. The barely conceivable quad-core Tegra chip that it listed has now been made official by none other than NVIDIA itself, with the company also informing us that the new silicon is already sampling out to prospective clients. Known as Kal-El internally, this will most likely turn into NVIDIA's Tegra 3 as and when it's ready to enter the consumer market. Tonight NVIDIA whetted our appetite for what's to come with a demo that can most fittingly be described as an exhibition of unadulterated computational muscle. A 2560 x 1440 stream was being decoded on a developmental device, scaled down to that slate's native 1366 x 768 resolution, and additionally displayed on a connected 30-inch, 2560 x 1600 monitor. That entire voluminous workload was being handled in real time by Kal-El and we saw no signs of it struggling.

If you look at the graphic on Engadget's site, the code names for the Tegra line are superheros.




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