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Quad Core processing: NVIDIA Kal-El

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on September 8, 2011

A few months back, I had written about NVIDIA’s product roadmap of multi core microprocessors doing as much more as ever and yet as less energy as never seen. With such high processing speeds as upto 1.5Gig, the reason behind the claimed long battery life could be the manner in which the processors are made. If the ARM Cortex-A15 or the Cortex-A9 are produced with the <40nm method, they might be able to sustain an elongated battery life. This is probably the only way powerful quad-core chipsets can save such a significant amount of power.NVIDIA it seems is in a hurry to unveil Kal-El, its 2nd generation quad core micro-processor and pip Qualcomm Snapdragon in the battle of Quadcores. The Kal-El is rumoured to be featured and introduced on WP8 tablets. The Kal-El features an integrated graphics processor with an amazing 12 cores and can output at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600. It also offers stereo 3D without the need for extra software, which will be a boon for gamers and 3D movie fans alike. Kal-El’s real superpower might not be its speed, however. Unofficial specs suggest that Nvidia has made significant improvements to power consumption and efficiency with a possible battery life that could be measured in days, rather than hours. What this gives NVIDIA is a lead over the Qualcomm microprocessor in the multi-core microprocessor race.

While NVIDIA chipsets are found in more than 70% Android phones and are expected to be shipped alongwith 50% of the global superphone shipments, Kal-El will first be featured in a WP tablet. WP8 is said to be lean on power as well. WP8 Metro UI is borrowed from Windows Phone 7 and doesnt require the same amount of power that the UI running on traditional Windows desktops does. This, is because the applications on Metro are simpler than the more complicated professional programmes of older Windows operating systems.

Microsoft and NVIDIA are claiming that Windows 8 can run multiple programmes/multi task on powerful tablets using just an iota of the battery’s power. If this indeed is true, 2012 might just be the year that Microsoft makes a fortune!
Could this be the edge Microsoft needs against the iPad 2 and the Android’s?

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