NVIDIA Demos Next Generation "Kal-El" Quad-Core Tegra Mobile Processor

NVIDIA took the wraps off its first quad-core Tegra processor design at the Mobile World Conference today and it's a sight to behold. Dubbed Kal-El, the new chip will be capable of outputting 1440P video content and offer 300 DPI on devices with a 10.1" display.



NVIDIA is claiming that Kal-El will deliver 5x the performance of Tegra 2 and ship with a 12-core GeForce GPU as well. NVIDIA has posted two different videos of Kal-El in action. In the first, the future Tegra product is being used to browse the 'net as part of a benchmark called NVBench.  



In the second video below, Team Green uses an industry standard benchmark known as CoreMark to compare the performance of Kal-El, Tegra 2, and an Intel T7200 dual-core Core 2 Duo running at 2GHz with 4MB of L2 cache and a 667MHz FSB.



NVIDIA's plans for future versions of Tegra are ambitious to say the least. By 2014, NV expects to ship its "Stark" SoC, which it claims will offer 75x the performance of Tegra 2.


Not to rain on the company's parade, but we recommend taking the published CoreMark results with a grain of salt. The program, published by the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC), is only designed to test the core functions of a processor. According to CoreMark.org: "It is encouraging to see the industry, as well as academia, adapting to a new standard so quickly, but let us not forget – CoreMark only targets core operations. EEMBC’s full-featured application benchmarks are much better suited for testing a processor’s capability in a real application. Furthermore, processors are becoming increasingly complex and one core-based benchmark is insufficient for a comprehensive analysis."

That said, Kal-El still looks pretty sexy.
Via:  NVIDIA
Comments
coolice 3 years ago

for some reason... Kal-El Sounds like a good name for the next 15 minute rapper who comes to town.

And Tegra 2 isnt even fully out adopted yet, well, not that widespread, and already K/E is 5 times the performance. and might i saw, apologies for my profanity.

HOLY SHITFACE, this this is more powerful than a Core2Due t7200??.... Amazing!

SammyHayabuza 3 years ago

CDeeter 3 years ago

lol....Yeah I picked up on that too. Wonder if Stark is a reference to Iron Man. Logan is Wolverine, and Wayne = Batman. HEHEHE

Seriously though, it appears that Nvidia wants to make a push into the desktop/laptop processor market.

Dave_HH 3 years ago

Hey, you guys are GOOD! I'd say you're pretty much right-on! :)

CDeeter 3 years ago

Holy Crap! You really do pay close attention to the comments Dave!

I just posted this not more than five minutes ago!

Keep up the good work.

SammyHayabuza 3 years ago

LOL !! Right on !!, .......Did you know that "Tegra" was also a Comic book character!!

http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Tegra_Jungle_Empress

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Seriously though, it appears that Nvidia wants to make a push into the desktop/laptop processor market.

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Totally true, Its bound to happen someday.

 

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Team Green= Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

coolice 3 years ago

Well... i hope they dont name their mistakes after supervillians as well haha.... "nVidia Galactus"

CDeeter 3 years ago

"Dubbed Kal-El, the new chip will be capable of outputting 1440P video content and offer 300 DPI on devices with a 10.1" display. "

Is that quote right? 300 dpi sounds pretty low for a 10 inch screen.

coolice 3 years ago

dude, the average monitor you buy is like 100 - 150 dpi.

DPI = Dots per square inch. The iphone 4's retina display is a little over 300dpi.... 300dpi is pretty good for a 10 inch screen... it would have a resolution of around 3072x1600.... Pretty damn good in my books.

In comparison, a regular 10.1 inch lcd has a DPI of about 100 - 120 @ a resolution of around, 1024×600,

SO yea, those numbers are right, and they are Sweet!

dont quote my numbers... they are very generic, things like pixel density, display ratio also play a role in dpi

CDeeter 3 years ago

Thanks for the explanation. I was confusing DPI with resolution.

In that case that would be an awesome display, sorry for the ignorance.

gibbersome 3 years ago

A resolution of 1024x600 is plenty awesome for a 10.1" screen. At 10-12 inches away, at 300 DPI, your eyes won't be able to distinguish individual pixels anymore, in essence, as good a resolution as you're ever going to need.

3vi1 3 years ago

I'll bet they end up changing their codenames. They obviously put enough thought into the names so as to avoid using the registered trademarks of the superhero identities, but I think Kal-El is a little too much for DC's lawyers to sit idly by.

Joel H 3 years ago

I wouldn't claim Kal-El is as fast as a T7200 until we've seen more data; CoreMark is *not* a comprehensive test of all CPU functions, much less anything else. That said, it's possible--the T7200 is almost five years old. A quad-core ARM-based chip has a decent chance of offering some competition there, especially if its a Cortex-A9 or A-15.

infinityzen1 3 years ago

I'm with Joel on this one. The test they used does not use the strength of the Core, which is short vector SIMD. That would be MMX and SSE optimized code on the x86, which is pretty much all code being produced now.

acarzt 3 years ago

@ Cdeeter:

Stark, as in Tony Stark aka Iron Man.

Someone over at Nvidia reads a lot of comic books lol

CDeeter 3 years ago

Yeah, what's next, the Parker? lol

3vi1 3 years ago

ATI's announced their next four years of Roadmap too:  Doomsday, Bane, Sabretooth, and Alcohol.

3vi1 3 years ago

FTA:  "That said, Kal-El still looks pretty sexy."

That reminds me of the time one of my co-workers walked away from his computer without locking the screen and I changed his wallpaper to a picture of Tom Welling with his shirt off.

In a related bit of info:  Former marines don't take jokes very well.

cosmoplasmic 3 years ago

^ur right, they don't 8--)

Kal-El ain't no joke though...neither is the wait

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