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NVIDIA demos quad-core Kal-El for tablets on video

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NVIDIA demos quad-core Kal-El for tablets on video
So you’ve bought a dual-core tablet and you think you have the latest of cutting-edge silicon on your slate? You certainly do, but if you’re the type of geek caring about state-of-the-art hardware, you’d already be thinking about the mind-blowing graphics coming with NVIDIA’s upcoming quad-core chip Kal-El after watching the video demo below. It showcases graphics from the future with dynamic lighting, plenty of realistic physics and buttery smooth gaming, only possible on mobile devices due to the united efforts of four separate processing cores. While gaming will be one of the main beneficiaries of the 12 GPU cores in NVIDIA's upcoming chip, the speed boost will be noticeable all around as the NVIDIA Kal-El outscored the Core 2 Duo in terms of processing power.

The Glowball game below runs on a Honeycomb tablet with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. But it’s not just the pretty picture that is rendered - you can adjust the light source and even change it which instantly reflects on the surroundings. All of the objects around you respond naturally, so even the slightest touch of the glowing ball to the drapes causes a realistically beautiful reaction. Just as you would expect, game controls are fully accelerometer-optimized.

NVIDIA demos quad-core Kal-El for tablets on video
NVIDIA also promises to make the Glowball demo app available in the Android Market, so you can check it out on your quad-core tablet, but even if it’s also available for dual-core devices don’t expect them to manage the task as drop rates when reducing the operational cores to two dropped to choppy instantly. What’s even more impressive is that the NVIDIA used pre-production silicon for the demo and expects the final chip to be 25%-30% faster. The other benefits the chip brings include:
-    Support for “Extreme HD” videos with resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels,
-    Five times faster performance than Tegra 2.

The system-on-a-chip was first leaked in February, but its promised release this fall seemed hard to believe. NVIDIA’s aggressive timing however gets the company results as most of today’s dual-core smartphones run on its Tegra 2 chip. If it pushes the chips so first quad-core tablets arrive this August and smartphones around Christmas, the path to success of the new SoC by NVIDIA seems paved. Oh, and that Hollywood Amazon tablet in the works might just be the first one to ride the quad-core waves.

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posted on 30 May 2011, 05:33 2

1. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


wow that is actually pretty freakking cool.

posted on 30 May 2011, 07:00

2. seeds (Posts: 48; Member since: 13 Apr 2011)


over power & too much marketing LOL
tegra 2 is still far from perfect in real time

posted on 30 May 2011, 09:16

3. TDroid21 (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


Very interesting.. Maybe i’d just save my extra pocket till late this
yaer for a quadcore. Besides in my opinion after raeding couples
of articles regarding tegra 2, thi nvidia 1st gen tegra chip was
designed for mobile phone, its rendering and hardware capabilities
was designed for mobile phone. No wonder why most tablets
running tegra 2 still tend to lag and suffer some slowdown and
battery issues as compared to ipad2. Hopefully, tegra 3 will be a
good promise toward its claim. And a new higher versin of
android platform MUST be developed for this powerful chip for
users to really be able to enjoy every bit of power‘kal-el’ will
unleash. A perfect marriage of an android os and a cpu to finally
be able to go toe to toe wiht apple’s ipad.

posted on 30 May 2011, 12:51

9. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you also have to take into concideration that android hasnt been fully tweaked for dual core as of yet. They just added support for it so its not at 100% integration. The choppiness in honeycomb is probably as much with the google drivers as the nvidia drivers. they will smooth out in time.

that said.. this is an awesome step up. :)

posted on 30 May 2011, 11:18 1

5. Obento (unregistered)


Does Kal-El get it's power from our yellow sun? A solar-powered Kal-El phone would be a Superphone

posted on 30 May 2011, 12:49

8. Totoro (unregistered)


I really wish they'd change the name for Russian market, because "Kal-El" literally means "ate feces" in Russian.

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