At the Mobile World Congress this week, NVIDIA was not only the talk of the show due to their overwhelming presence in tablets, but with the successful launching of Tegra 2, the company has announced its entire known mobile roadmap, including a quad core mobile chip before the end of the year.
NVIDIA’s entrance as a major player in the development of SoC (systems-on-a-chip) has been swift. While Tegra 2 is barely out of the gate, already the company is showcasing its successor; Project Kal-El. The chip is still in its infancy – after all they did just receive the first silicone 12 days ago – but its implementation into devices is being pegged as early as August 2011, including smartphones for the 2011 holiday season.
Likely to be branded as Tegra 3, the next gen chip it is based around a quad core ARM Cortex-A9 processor architecture, but from there it is pure NVIDIA with a 12-core GeForce GPU supporting resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 (with 3D stereo ) and capable of handling up to 60Mbps; the chip promises to deliver 5x the performance of Tegra 2.
Jumping from Kal-El, consumers can expect Wayne in 2012, Logan in 2013 and as far reaching as Stark in 2014 (noticing a pattern?).
NVIDIA also demo’d Project Kal-El’s performance in a Coremark test, showing it to be faster than a Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 laptop CPU.