NVIDIA’s currently sampling a quad-core Tegra chip that is going by an internal name of Kal-El Tegra 3 or Kal-El features quad processing cores and a dozen graphics cores.Nvidia states that by their testing the new Tegra 3 offers double the processing power and triple the graphics power of the Tegra 2 and new chip will be capable of outputting 1440P video content and offer 300 DPI on devices with a 10.1″ display…….
The barely conceivable quad-core Tegra chip that it listed has now been made official by none other than NVIDIA itself, with the company also informing us that the new silicon is already sampling out to prospective clients. Known as Kal-El internally, this will most likely turn into NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 as and when it’s ready to enter the consumer market. A 2560 x 1440 stream was being decoded on a developmental device, scaled down to that slate’s native 1366 x 768 resolution, and additionally displayed on a connected 30-inch, 2560 x 1600 monitor. That entire voluminous workload was being handled in real time by Kal-El and we saw no signs of it struggling.
The quad-core newbie provides roughly double the processing power of Tegra 2 and triple the graphics-crunching prowess.This was in large part down to the full dozen GPU cores contained within Kal-El, though before you freak out about battery-draining insanity, NVIDIA claims things are much, much more efficient as well up to 12 hours of HD video playback are promised under the right circumstances.The design would closely follow Qualcomm‘s own ambitions and see a 1.5GHz, quad-core design that would be more than twice as fast as any Tegra 2. BSON heard that triple the graphics power would be onboard to decode Blu-ray video and to power a 1920×1200 main display.
Test samples of the Tegra 3 may have already started leaving the factory at the end of last year, but NVIDIA isn’t expected to ship the new components until fall this year. The timing is such that it’s more likely Tegra 3 won’t be in stores until early 2012 for most devices.The chip could make for the second major leap in mobile performance in a single year as dual-core tablets and smartphones will finally ship on a wide scale in the first few months of the year. Tegra 2 hardware will ship in the Motorola Atrix 4G and Xoom as well as many other Android-powered hardware.