NVIDIA announced their new quad-core Kal-El processor at the MWC 2011 and even showcased bragging about its computing skills. It should be the next Tegra 3 but for now we’ll have to get used to the codename Kal-El.
The new processor should be running at a 1.5GHz with all its four (4!) cores. NVDIA has even promised up to 12 hours of HD playback, so the new processor should be more efficient than Tegra 2. Better battery life, in layman’s terms, I hope. And the NVDIA Kal-El should be, what, 5 times faster than the current Tegra 2! Thats serious power for a handheld device.
The NVIDIA Roadmap actually put the new Kal-El in first place and, taking a closer look, we see that three new processors are lined up for the next 3 years. Codename Wayne is scheduled for 2012, Logan for 2013 and Stark for 2014. NVIDIA obviously have big plans for future tablets and smartphones.
We’re guessing that the name will change to something like Tegra 3 or 4, because interestingly enough, the Kal-El nickname derives from Superman’s birth name, before he came to Earth and was named Clark Kent. Cheesy, right?
Here’s an official video by NVIDIA of the new Kal-El’s performance.
I didn’t even dream of dual-core smartphones and tablets half a year ago, and Nvidia is already promising quad-core devices right this very year. I guess that leaked Nvidia roadmap was right after all.
And they say these quad-core chipsets will be available in August this year, cool!