Quad-Core Chips Coming to Mobile Phones This Year, Courtesy of NVIDIA
Checkmate, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments?
Mobile World Congress 2011 is turning out to be a huge slugfest for the chipset manufacturers, all of which are duking it out against each other and trying to outdo each other.
NVIDIA is the latest company to swing punches: so quick after announcing the Tegra 2 dual-core chipset that ended up being the first mobile mobile dual-core CPU to market, the company is still looking to stay on top with Project Kal-El, a brand new addition to NVIDIA’s lineup which include Quad-Core chipsets that will be available in mobile phones this year, as early as August potentially!
Kal-El is the very first mobile quad-core processor. It even contains a 12-core GeForce GPU. Chip samples have already been seeded to NVIDIA’s customers and should be found in a mobile phone as early as August. Does that make you want to wait a few months to get a new phone?
Not only was the Kal-El announced, it was demonstrated live. Since the chip has 5 times the graphic performance of the Tegra 2, it is capable of many amazing things that even the Tegra 2 cannot do. The chip was demonstrated on a 2560 x 1600 display with 1440p HD (even higher quality than 1080p).
NVIDIA also discussed its roadmap up to 2014, which includes chipsets code-named “Wayne”, “Logan”, and “Stark”. By the time 2014 comes around, these chips will offer 75 times greater improvement in performance than the Tegra 2. For a 3-year period of time, this number is absolutely stunning. Here’s to hoping they can pull it off.
Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have a long way to go; and unfortunately, Qualcomm’s quad-core options will not be available until 2012 at the earliest. TI will offer the OMAP5 dual-core chip with quad-core tendencies in late 2012 as well. So, with quad-core Kal-El chips coming to the first mobile in August, this will give NVIDIA a huge competitive edge.
We can hardly wait to get our hands on a device powered by it!