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Nvidia To Launch Kal-El Quad Core SoC

Nvidia demonstrated a quad core system-on-chip at the Mobile World Congress, one which is known as Kal-El (and named after Superman) and is likely to inherit the market name of Tegra 3 when it launches.

The component can apparently decode a 2560x1440 stream (that's 33 per cent more information than a full HD one) at a resolution of 1366x768 pixels while handling a 30-inch 2560x1600 pixels monitor, flawlessly according to Engadget (opens in new tab).

The Tegra 3 is expected to provide roughly twice the processing power of the Tegra 2 which means that there will be no increase in clock speed for the core.

However, on the other hand, Nvidia promises a 200 per cent increase in the graphics performance compared to the Tegra 2 thanks to twelve GPU cores.

Even then, Nvidia says that you will be able to get 12 hours worth of HD video playback out of the chip; the chip is expected to be available in August 2011 in tablets and in a different version in smartphones.

An official Tegra Roadmap shows that 2012 will see the launch of Wayne (from Batman, AKA Tegra 4) which will have twice the performance of Kal-El, then followed by Logal (from X-men, AKA Tegra 5), boosting what appears to be a 3x increase in performance compared to the Tegra 4 and finally Stark (from Iron man, AKA Tegra 6) which Nvidia claims will provide around a 80x performance increase compared to the Tegra 2 in 2014.

The roadmap also includes the Core 2 Duo as a baseline with the performance of the Tegra chips improving exponentially over the years.

2013 could also be the year when Nvidia launches Maxwell, its first product from Project Denver, out of the door, one which is expected to fuse the Cortex A15 and Geforce.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.