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.