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Computex 2011 | Nvidia demonstrates Kal-El in glowball physics video

New real-time video shows graphics power of Kal-El APU

Nvidia at this year’s Computex 2011 took the opportunity to show off its upcoming generation of the Tegra platform, the quad-core Kal-El APU.

The graphics chipmaker provided a video demonstration of the quad-core Tegra in action. The impressive “Glowball” demo was running on Android Honeycomb and gave a glimpse of the dynamic lighting and physics capabilities of the future Tegra APU. The ball was controlled by an accelerometer and was able to interact with its surroundings by knocking over barrels and gliding through drapes, all while maintaining smooth frame rates. In fact, the code and design were not yet fully optimized during the demo, and the chip is expected to perform 25 to 30 percent faster than what has been presented. The Nvidia spokesperson claimed this is first time such performance levels are possible on a mobile device.

Additional details weren’t provided, but hopefully the new Tegra APU is still on track for an August production and a release later in the year. The quad-core platform was first announced earlier this year at the Mobile World Conference. Until its release, check out the official demonstration shown during Computex 2011 below.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-05-30 (Update: 2021-05-18)