Nvidia pledges to pass water on Core 2 Duo this summer
But will it come a codename cropper?
MWC 2011 Two cores is not enough for chip maker Nvidia, so today it demo'd 'Project Kal-El' - aka Tegra 3 - its first quad-core processor for mobile devices.
'Kal-El' can drive a 2560 x 1600 display and run 1440p video smoothly on it. Not much call for that in a phone perhaps, but next year's tablets - imagine an iPad with a pixel density well over 300 pixels per inch, like the iPhone 4's 326ppi screen - will want it.
They won't have to wait: Nvidia reckons it will have this boy in production in August. Customers have samples now, Tegra chief Michael Rayfield said.
To continue with the numerical superlatives, the chip's graphics engine contains a further 12 shader cores and can do stereoscopic 3D.
In toto, 'Kal-El' will deliver five times the performance of today's Tegra 2, Nvidia reckons. The new chip is 12 per cent faster than a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7200, depending on which benchmark you run, the company added. Tegra 3 is expected to run at 1.5GHz.
It's the Tegra 3 that appeared in leaked Nvidia roadmaps earlier this year.
The Superman-themed chip will be followed by similarly superhero-monikered offerings: 'Wayne' in 2012, 'Logan' in 2013 and 'Stark' the year after, so we hope lawyers at Marvel and DC don't get wind of this.
After Apple's early 1990s run-in with now-deceased astronomer Carl Sagan over a product codenamed 'Sagan', technology companies have wisely steered clear of handles that might have already been trademarked.
Intel, for example, has a policy of using place names for its pre-release product descriptions to avoid legal entanglements.
Back to the chips, and Rayfield said 'Stark', due it 2014 will deliver 75x the performance of today's Tegra 2 parts. ®
Not due before the end of this year, its by the end of next year 2012 infact.
"due before the end of this year"
that's an odd thing to imply/to say, remember samples do not make 'mass produced' products, only limited run's.
that that page states
TI's OMAP 5 platform is expected to sample in the second half of 2011, with devices on the market in the second half of 2012. The OMAP5430 processor is offered in a 14x14mm Package-on-Package (PoP) with LPDDR2 memory support. The OMAP5432 processor is offered in a 17x17mm BGA package with DDR3/DDR3L memory support. "
that's samples by Q2 not products remember, and even Texas Instruments Brian Carlson on the OMAP5 spec said 'ready for Christmas 2012', so at least 18 months away before real products start being PR advertised it seems.
http://armdevices.net/2011/02/14/texas-instruments-talks-omap5-omap4 around 2 minutes in
the only officially stated quad ARM available for products on shelves this year 2011 is the Freescale i.MX 6Quad back in 3rd January so far
"Freescale is targeting these chips at tablets and similar low power devices. While you hear a lot more about consumer tablets powered by Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Samsung chips, Freescale’s low power chips are actually available in nearly a dozen tablets from white box Chinese vendors today, and the company’s low power chips power the majority of E Ink eBook readers on the market.
The company has been a bit behind the curve in the dual core chip space, but by launching new single, dual, and quad-core chips at the same time, Freescale will be among the first companies to make quad core ARM-based chips available.
All three new chips will begin sampling in the second quarter of 2011, and the company expects devices using the new chips to hit the market before the end of the year."
see the other thread http://forums.reghardware.com/forum/1/2011/02/16/apple_nvidia_conspiracy
did Nvidia cheat with kal_el
did Nvidia cheat with kal_el to improve the perception!
it seems maybe they did, perhaps someone should capture that video screen before it vanishes!
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BOB ON FEBRUARY 16, 2011 AT 7:53 AM
"Look very closely at the Coremark slide – they say which compiler version and what switches are being used. The Nvidia SoC’s use GCC 4.4.1 with -O3 and Intel uses GCC 3.4.4 with -O2 etc…
Why in the world use such radically different environments?
What are the results if the same compiler and switches are used?
This really is an unfair comparison it would seem.
Engineers and scientists among others
Don't they cover the uses of log scales at school any more?
Yeah, but how long...
... can a Kal-El-based tablet push those pixels until it sucks the battery dry?
More isn't always better, if it ends up being less...
Yes, I just misremembered the date I'm afraid. Sorry about that: hope I haven't broken any hearts...