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NVIDIA has been the talk of Barcelona for the past couple of days. Many of the premier devices announced at Mobile World Congress, such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the LG Optimus Pad, have been packing the new dual-core Tegra 2 chipset. Hot on the heels of these hardware announcements, NVIDIA just revealed the quad-core successor of the Tegra 2 to the world (which may or may not end up being called Tegra 3).

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Dubbed "Project Kal-El", this mean little chipset is said to bring five times the processing power of the Tegra 2. In addition to the 4 CPU cores, Kal-El includes not 1 and not even 4, but 12 (!) GPU cores. Not too shabby, wouldn't you say?

To flex that muscle, the folks at NVIDIA streamed 1440p video on both a tablet and a connected 30 inch, 2560 x 1600 monitor, which Kal-El handled flawlessly. They also demonstrated the browsing and gaming capabilities of the processor to the press, and trust me, you want this in your next device. Luckily, you won't have to wait too long - the first super-tablets powered by Kal-El are slated for an August 2011 release, followed by phones by Christmas of the same year.

Update: Android Central has a nice video on Kal-El:

The Kryptonian beauty wasn't the only product NVIDIA announced - in fact, the company has unveiled a full roadmap for the Tegra series all the way to 2014. As you can see, NVIDIA is not planning on slowing down for a second. In keeping with the heroic theme, the three chipsets to follow Kal-El are named "Wayne," "Logan," and "Stark." One processor will be released each year from 2012 to 2014 and, according to their press release, "Stark" is going to be almost 75 times faster than the Tegra 2. That alone makes me take the Singularity a little more seriously.

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While the news is very exciting, it does beg the question: what is to become of the Tegra 2? Virtually no devices using the dual-core CPU are available to the public yet. If we are to see hardware that outperforms it by August of this year, are people going to want to spend their money on a phone with prematurely "obsolete" technology? It's unlikely that you would easily notice the difference between a dual-core and a quad-core processor in daily use, but consumers want to make sure they buy a device that will stand the test of time.

Either way, it is a great time to be interested in mobile, and I anxiously await my first true super-phone. Who knows, by then, it may just be running Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly of some sort...

Source: NVIDIA

Zak Stinson
Zak is a neuroscience student residing in the bread basket of Canada. When not reading or writing Android news, he has been known to partake in dangerous backyard science experiments he is nowhere near qualified to perform. He also loves Thai food.

  • D.G.

    This is something that is great to know but at the same time something I wish I didnt know. I mean sometimes I would rather be ignorant to the fact that the devices I buy will stand the test of time. I almost curse the day I bought my N1 that opened my eyes to the world of rooting and mobile computing. It feels like I just woke up for the first time as Neo now fully understanding what is in store for me.

  • chris

    Dammit. I only bought my DHD a couple of months back. Luckily I bought mine SIM free. Will sell to a mate and get a dual core super-phone. Then sell that and get a quad. Looking forward to a honeycomb tablet first though. If my work contract gets renewed lol.

  • Zak Stinson

    I know how you feel guys. It is really awesome and a bit of a bummer at the same time. As a Canadian, my provider has me on a 2 year upgrade period and I am not that far in. At least my next phone is going to be an order of magnitude better than my current one!

  • abeee

    in the summer of 2012 I will be looking forward to upgrading from my EVO

  • lzymxn

    does that make tegra2 Jor-El?? just couldnt resist, i was interested in notion ink's adam tablet but im definitely going to wait now

  • Josh H.

    This is why I will only sign a 1 year contract. Half the time I can't even wait that long. They should have skipped the terga2 and put quads in this years phones or at least kept their mouths shut.

  • vanillha

    nice, a quad cpu for mobiles... but why nvidia is going for the real names of superheroes of DC and Marvel worlds?? maybe for the 6th generation professor x "Xavier"?

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