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!

via NVIDIA’s official blog

Author: Brad Molen

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  • Tgmartin

    One word…super. pun intended. For this reason alone, apple will forever be playing catchup to android. At least when it comes to hardward. And this is why eventually they will fall into the same mire that they experienced at the hands of pc’s. All in one companies struggle at keeping up with technology. And despite how it might actually work or be beneficial to a person, consumers will almost always go with whats offering the best specs. But i could be wrong, only time will tell though. Maybe…

  • Tgmartin

    One word…super. pun intended. For this reason alone, apple will forever be playing catchup to android. At least when it comes to hardward. And this is why eventually they will fall into the same mire that they experienced at the hands of pc’s. All in one companies struggle at keeping up with technology. And despite how it might actually work or be beneficial to a person, consumers will almost always go with whats offering the best specs. But i could be wrong, only time will tell though. Maybe…