Nvidia demos upcoming "Kal-El" quad-core mobile chip

Nvidia has been making lots of inroads in the smartphone and tablet market with its Tegra chips. The dual-core Terga 2 processor is already being used on the Motorola Xoom tablet, among other products. However the company is already working on its next generation mobile chip which it has code named, not so humbly, "Kal-El". The quad-core based chip isn't due to be released until later this year but today Nividia has released a new video via YouTube that shows off the graphics capabilities of Kal-El.

The video, which you can check out below, shows a demo-game called Glowball that will actually be released to the Android Market when Kal-El based Android devices are released. The video and demo shows off the lighting features of the processor. The light reflections are dynamic and are handled in real time, making Glowball's visuals much more realistic than most mobile based games that have static and flat lighting. The ball also moves into stacks of barrels which fall down more realistically. While PC gamers are certainly used to such in-game physics effects having such features on a smartphone or tablet-based game is currently not possible.

To further demonstrate the point, two of Kal-El's four processor cores are turned off during the video demo. The reduced frame rate of Glowball is instantly unplayable with all of the lighting and physics effects turned on. The video's narrator also points out that the demo is being run on pre-production silicon which means the final production version should be between 24 to 30 percent faster than even this impressive video shows.

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with that amount of CPU usage going on in the demo I'd say your likely to only get about 30mins play time before your battery goes dead

Watch out for Intel! if they enter this mobile/tablet processor market than this processors will look ****ty in front of this! They might add turbo boost and so on...

burhan9k said,
Watch out for Intel! if they enter this mobile/tablet processor market than this processors will look ****ty in front of this! They might add turbo boost and so on...

yay K.I.T.T and the knight Rider chip

That's one of the biggest issues, battery technology is not advancing at a pace equal to the hardware. So designers have no option but to dynamically switching function in your phone to save energy.

Psykosonik said,
That's one of the biggest issues, battery technology is not advancing at a pace equal to the hardware. So designers have no option but to dynamically switching function in your phone to save energy.

This is true, as far as battery tech goes, but newer and newer CPUs/GPUs are getting smaller and also use less power.

GP007 said,

This is true, as far as battery tech goes, but newer and newer CPUs/GPUs are getting smaller and also use less power.

Also they keep designing smaller devices thus requiring smaller batteries. Imagine how long device would run if they never changed the battery sizes used newer technology.

Einlander said,

Also they keep designing smaller devices thus requiring smaller batteries. Imagine how long device would run if they never changed the battery sizes used newer technology.

Another good point, though HTC for example sells a bigger battery for their phones as an option. Well, i dunno if it covers every model but it should cover most for those who want more and don't care about adding a bit more size to their smartphone.

Einlander said,
Also they keep designing smaller devices thus requiring smaller batteries. Imagine how long device would run if they never changed the battery sizes used newer technology.

I want to carry a cell phone like they had in the 80s (see hot-tub time machine). Yeah....

I would just like to know really how much battery such a processor consumes. I would really like a phone - a smart phone, that could last a couple of days of intensive use (!). I realise that's a long-shot, but how about a full 24 hours without functions having to be switched off. If one is to use these devices as more than a phone, they should have a battery that allows that.

cleverclogs said,
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Pretty sure they would build some power management in. When you won't need the cores they will disable. Every multi-core processor on the market does this today.

The key is getting Android to pay attention without having to install task killers and CPU monitors just to ensure you have maximum battery potential.