Nvidia’s Kal-El to have 5 cores

By on September 21, 2011
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5th core runs in Fortress of Solitude.

Nvidia released two whitepapers yesterday, detailing the benefits of a multi-core architecture which provides  better performance with lower power consumption as well as the benefits of quad core CPUs.

We may have all seen the benefits of the Kal-El chip when Nvidia first introduced them earlier this yea, providing some truly amazing graphical performance from live demos such as the Glowball Demo with real-time physics and dynamic lightning.

The above graph is one example of benchmarks run on Kal-El, released in the whitepaper which more than double performance of the quad-core Kal-El, or Tegra 3 as it will be known, compared to the existing Tegra 2 CPU which is powering the majority of Android based tablets.

However, as the first whitepaper will indicate, the Kal-El actually has five cores to achieve that high-performance/low-power output.

The multi-core architecture will not only provide full quad-core support for demanding applications, but the fifth core will exclusively deal with lesser demanding apps to maintain smoother operations.

That provides a better idea of how different applications with different demands will be dealt with in Kal-El. And with that, Nvidia has also released a small benchmark comparison between the existing Tegra 2 chips and Kal-El and how the new architecture will help in lower power consumption.

Nvidia’s Kal-El CPU will be put into tablets before the end of this year, meaning that anyone holding out for an Android tablet should simply wait for a five-cored tablet gift.


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