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MWC 2011 | Nvidia unveils and demonstrates Quad-core mobile processor

The new processor may be the precursor to the future Tegra 3 platform

Nvidia continues to be a major player in powerful desktop and laptop graphics, and the company intends to do the same for tablets. At the MWC, Nvidia revealed details about their upcoming quad-core mobile processor codenamed Kal-El. Claimed to be the “first mobile quad-core processor,” Kal-El was demonstrated running on an Android platform at an amazing 2560x1600 panel resolution with 1440p video content. The high resolution was made possible by the integrated 12 core Geforce GPU, which together with the quad-core Kal-El will outperform an Intel 2.0GHz Core2Duo T7200 in terms of raw processor score, according to Nvidia and its Coremark benchmarks.

Looking past Kal-El, Nvidia will continue to advance its line of mobile processors in the coming years. Electronista expects the Kal-El codename to drop in favor of the more familiar Tegra 3 name. Production of the new Nvidia quad-core processor is expected to start this August, but it may be a little longer than that before we see tablets utilizing the speedy processor.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-02-23 (Update: 2012-05-26)