NVIDIA drops some knowledge about multi-core CPUs, more. Kal-El, anyone?

It seems just like yesterday when we first saw the video that showcased the amazing graphics performance found in NVIDIA’s upcoming quad-core mobile processor, Kal-El. We’re finally nearing the end of the waiting period and we may soon see the first Kal-El toting tablet in the very near future and today NVIDIA has released some new details regarding its insanely powerful new CPU.

NVIDIA released two whitepapers today that gives you a very good idea of what is to come with the release of Kal-El. The pages, Bringing High-End Graphics to Handheld Devices and The Benefits of Multiple CPU Cores in Mobile Devices both offer a lot of insight about what’s going on underneath that shiny combination of glass, plastic, and metal you have in your pocket.

The first whitepaper highlights the increasing demand for graphically rich applications and games on mobile devices and how existing and upcoming processor will be able to provide these functions, all while keeping the power consumption to a minimum.  Even though the powerful Kal-El is oozing with four CPU cores and 12 GPU cores, NVIDIA has gone through extra lengths to ensure that the powerful SoC won’t deplete the battery with use.

The second whitepaper talks about the benefits of having multiple CPU cores on mobile devices, as the title says. Of course, the obviously benefits are already known, like better performance within CPU intensive applications, and the more powerful CPU can get tasks done faster, which in turn helps power consumption.

The papers don’t really touch on the Kal-El but it’s certainly a nice way of showing what’s to come. It’s as if NVIDIA is reminding the world just how good the Tegra 2 is, only to reveal Kal-El, which has 3 times the graphics performance than its dual-core brother. NVIDIA’s latest quad-core processor also comes with an extra, “companion core” that helps it save on energy, and you can read more about this core here on NVIDIA’s blog.

I’m obviously partial to NVIDIA’s offerings, so much that having a Tegra 2 would make me take notice of a device I otherwise wouldn’t be interested it. Sort of like a hot chick marrying a rich old guy. Only … Well, you get the point.

We’re anxiously awaiting Kal-El to make its debut, which can’t be too far off now. If you’re in the market for an Android tablet right now, we’d suggest you hold off just a little while longer until you get a glimpse of what NVIDIA’s next generation processor can really do.


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