NVIDIA Demos Quad-Core Kal-El Tegra CPU with Intense Physics

Posted by at 12:00 am on May 31, 2011

NVIDIA in another phase of its Computex show rollouts gave the first real demo of its quad-core Kal-El chip. A graphics and physics demo, Glowball, showed the future Tegra as the first smartphone-class chip of doing true dynamic lighting while still keeping a smooth frame rate, even with advanced physics for cloth and obstacles. Kal-El is the first mobile chip that can do this at a reasonable speed, NVIDIA said, and dropping to just two cores showed a dramatic slowdown.

The design isn’t even fully optimized, according to the company. When it ships, it should be about 25 to 30 percent faster than what’s been seen so far.

NVIDIA hasn’t provided more details. The chipset is due to enter mass production in August and ship later in the year through phones and tablets from unidentified partners, although it will likely focus on Android 3.0 and later hardware.

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