Nvidia reveals fifth core in upcoming "Kal-El" Tegra SoC

By Jos
Sep 20, 2011
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  1. We've been hearing about Kal-El and its capabilities for quite a while. Nvidia originally expected the first tablets carrying the quad-core chip to arrive in August but now that dateā€¦

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  2. venomblade

    venomblade Newcomer, in training Posts: 69

    Kal-el? Superman? haha nice
  3. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 237   +11

    Nice approach to saving power, would have never thought of having an alternate low power core for energy efficient apps... I'm an AMD guy, but kal-el looks awesome!
  4. soliozuz

    soliozuz Newcomer, in training

    AMD is getting hammered everywhere but at least they are far more competitive on this front, I don't know what they are going to do about their processors. As good of a run as nVIDIA is giving them, I don't think I've seen two companies so fiercely trying to out-compete each other.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    A companion core? Does it have a little heart on it?
  6. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TechSpot Guru Posts: 802   +87

    What's the point in a fifth core unless they can't underclock one of the main four cores, yet the article states they're all Cortex A9's.. So this doesn't make much sense to me.
  7. ..." Nvidia calls this approach "variable symmetric multiprocessing" "...

    Come on! Give me a break!, That's too ambiguous!


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