Nvidia Unveils Quad-Core “Kal-El” (Tegra 3) SoC Complete With 12-Core GPU. 1440p Video Playback Has Arrived! #mwc

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Think the Nvidia Tegra 2-powered mobile devices are the cat’s meow? Your definition of such a thing will certainly change later this year when devices with Nvidia’s new “Kal-El” (believed to be the upcoming Tegra 3) mobile processor + gpu start hitting store shelves. What is the Kal-El? A quad-core CPU + 12-core GPU strapped together for one hell of a ride. During the MWC event, the little chip you see above was able to convert a 2,560 x 1440 video stream to the host tablet’s native 1,366 x 768 resolution while also outputting the same video stream to a separate external monitor running at 2,560 x 1600 — and doing all of this without a single stutter or dropped frame rate.

Naturally, with all of this power on tap, fears of outlet babysitting creep into our minds. But Nvidia made it clear that the Kal-El/Tegra 3 would be much more efficient than the current Tegra 2, citing up to 12 hours of HD video playback “under the right conditions”. Exactly what those conditions are isn’t yet clear. But we’ve got at least a few months to ponder as Nvidia begins shipping these out to hardware vendors and manufacturers. If you’re feeling a little blue about witholding from the Tegra 2 smartphone craze currently going around, cheer up. Tegra 3 will be exponentially better.


Via: LaptopMag

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  • February 15, 2011 7:26 pm
  • by: Mike
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