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NVIDIA Introduces World’s First Quad-core Mobile Processor, Headed for Tablets by August

Seriously, you can forget about what Qualcomm and Texas Instruments are doing with their mobile processors, as we just received word from NVIDIA that they have quad-cores already in sampling and will more than likely be in tablets by August and then in phones by the end of 2011.  Codenamed Project Kal-el, the world’s first quad-core mobile processor includes a 12-core NVIDIA GPU, can do extreme HD at a resolution of 2560×1600 and puts out 5X the performance of current Tegra 2 devices.  Ridiculous, right?

Well, to make sure that everyone around the globe believes their August timeline, they busted out a working version for a select group of press at MWC for demos where they showed off a bunch of unreleased games and then destroyed a Core 2 Duo in a benchmark test.

Now, we thought they had leaped ahead of everyone with their Tegra 2, but that was only the beginning according to the roadmap they’ve released along with this quad-core news.  NVIDIA plans to release a new Tegra every year through at least 2014 with the final version (Stark) performing 100x better than anything currently on the market.  The mobile world has officially changed.

And I’ve now retracted my “Holy Sh*t!” from yesterday’s Snapdragon post and will gladly place it where it belongs, with the folks at NVIDIA.  Huge +1 for this news.

Thoughts?

  • Kimsj756

    haha, now people will start comparing their xoom and this quadcore tablets and feeling bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Brown/622460851 Daniel Brown

    Just what I wanted to hear to talk me out of getting the Xoom

  • Anonymous

    Thank god my upgrade is november 8th! 2.5 GHz quad core tegra here i come!

  • Unotlikeme

    i like the way they used super hero names batman wolverine and iron man

  • Unotlikeme

    i like the way they used super hero names batman wolverine and iron man

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    Its news like this that make me happy I got my DX when I did. I will want a Bionic or DX2 but in the end it works out better since I will be able to upgrade when some of this stuff is finally hitting the market.

  • J Dub

    I want to see this in a netbook with a full keyboard, power sipping display, and a massive battery. Yes, I want it in my phone too, but in netbook form is a road travelers dream. If Windows 7 or 8 is compatible with this chipset its on.

  • Obvious Sarcasm

    Is it me or is their naming convention similar to the names of certain superheroes?

    • Anonymous

      I read on BGR or another blog that theyre doing it because the tegra 2 was considered a “super chip” or something like that so they decided to go with super hero names.

  • Anonymous

    I guess if I get the xoom I’ll get it from best buy with their Buy Back program.

  • storm34x

    my opinion is if they are building these kind of processors for phones and tablets then why do we keep buying computers??

    • Anonymous

      Cause u can’t do maya on a phone.

  • bad4u6669

    so now i need to add more lines to my plan so i can always have an upgrade option every 3-6 months… how the hell am I supposed to choose other wise?!

  • Anonymous

    blank

  • Anonymous

    I’ll wait for the Xoom 2 or 3 when this bad boy is the next tablet. I am like going nuts of the technology thats coming out so fast. Man, I am tired just thinking about all of this goodness coming out. When can we see a break and finally buy something LOL

  • Anonymous

    5x the power of the Xoom. Does that equate to 5x the cost, too? While I LOVE the idea of this, first, I don’t think we’ll actually see a product with this in it by August. And second, if it’s that much of an improvement over the Tegra 2, it’s going to cost you. Is anyone really all that ready to see tablets in the 1500-2000 range? That’s not unrealistic given the Xoom’s price. Personally, I’m still getting a Xoom. Then I’ll skip this quad monster, and maybe jump on the next one after that.

    • Jpham Group

      i was thinking of doing just that.  i really need a tablet now for it’s portable functionality and with the way technology for the tablets are jumping like PC tech was in the 90s, when you do buy something it becomes obsolete immediately.  
      purcashing the dual core xoom and skipping the next upgrade or 2 might be my plan of action… helps that xoom has become $499 for the wifi only version.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my Xoom since it came out.  I wish it would implement some of the promised features but when I buy tech, I don’t buy it for the promised upgrades.  I buy it for what it can do when I buy it.  If the promised features come to fruition, so much the better.  (I’d like to see LTE and sd card support at some point).  If I had to do it all over again, I might have chosen differently but I’m not unhappy at all with my Xoom experience.

  • Vitodintino

    Are they trying to get us not to buy anything? This is retarded.

  • Beng8686

    Nvidia pwns qualcomm.

  • Beng8686

    Nvidia pwns qualcomm.

  • Hefendaz

    It must be a Hanukkah miracle! Why do you think Moto started getting their customers ready for the cell to replace the desktop?
    As for the xoom, no way will I pay 799 for the opportunity to but one month of data to un-clock wifi on a tablet that I own….Think I will just pick up a refurbished Viewsonic G tab for 279.00 at Sears outlet, root it and enjoy everything much cheaper, then pick up something quad core next year after prices drop.

  • Hefendaz

    It must be a Hanukkah miracle! Why do you think Moto started getting their customers ready for the cell to replace the desktop?
    As for the xoom, no way will I pay 799 for the opportunity to but one month of data to un-clock wifi on a tablet that I own….Think I will just pick up a refurbished Viewsonic G tab for 279.00 at Sears outlet, root it and enjoy everything much cheaper, then pick up something quad core next year after prices drop.

  • http://twitter.com/muffnman Muffnman

    These processors be Kryptonian, yo!

  • MALfunction84

    These chips have got to require a huge amount of power. Here’s hoping battery technology can keep up.

    • Vitodintino

      wrong. processors generally require less power as they advance.

      • MALfunction84

        “Generally” being the key word there. It depends on how they advance.

    • Vitodintino

      wrong. processors generally require less power as they advance.

    • Izzy A

      I have a Motorola Atrix 4G, I played angry birds for an hour and a half with the screen at maximum brightness, and I did about an hour of web surfing and watching YouTube videos over WiFi, and at the end of the day I have 50% battery life left. The Atrix has Tegra 2, Tegra 3 is supposed to take even less power, and produce even less heat.

  • Brian

    Phones that can truely replace desktops, here they come! Pure awesomeness.

  • Towel73

    I sure hope we get some major advances in battery storage density to keep up with processors like these. I’ve been hearing about great advances that are “just around the corner” for years now, but we’re still using the same basic lithium-ion technology. A pocket supercomputer isn’t a lot of good if you have to plug it in every hour to recharge.

  • Towel73

    I sure hope we get some major advances in battery storage density to keep up with processors like these. I’ve been hearing about great advances that are “just around the corner” for years now, but we’re still using the same basic lithium-ion technology. A pocket supercomputer isn’t a lot of good if you have to plug it in every hour to recharge.

  • Mike

    I highly doubt we’ll see this in anything this year. I know it says end of this year, but with testing of the phones and everything else, I’m gonna say summer of next year. The Bionic that has the Tegra 2 isn’t even out yet so how can we expect something with a quad core by the end of the year?

  • Mike

    I highly doubt we’ll see this in anything this year. I know it says end of this year, but with testing of the phones and everything else, I’m gonna say summer of next year. The Bionic that has the Tegra 2 isn’t even out yet so how can we expect something with a quad core by the end of the year?

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    WOOOOOOOOOOW!

    • Snarkwizard

      “640k ought to be enough for anybody”

  • shr1k3r

    so this phone has a better processor than my computer?

  • shr1k3r

    I’m waiting 26 months to upgrade from my OG now!

  • kdeeee

    im still waiting on the 2ghz phone that was suppose to be out by december.. oh wait…

  • XorDie

    YES.. my last name is Stark.. lol

  • XorDie

    YES.. my last name is Stark.. lol

  • Anonymous

    THIS IS MOVING WAY TO 2 FAST!!

  • Bleedtoledo

    Big deal. Sony has a new “octopuss” 8 coming 12/22/2012

  • Anonymous

    I really have no problem passing on the Xoom now

  • http://twitter.com/annduhroo Andrew LeMasters

    Gah! *SMH*. The Thunderbolt looks even LESS appealing to me now. Maybe I should just wait. HTC or nothing… Well, maybe LG…

  • Mr. Joe

    Did I just wet myself? Holy Kal-el I think I did O_O;;;;;

  • mrziou

    Holy Mather of my santo Dios!!!! I was thinking buying the xoom by the end of the year, but now… darn freaking technology!!!

    • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut Phil Stout

      Not sure if people noticed, but that last plot is on a log scale… it would look even more crazy on a regular scale…. ohhhh god, this is nuts! i feel like i should just keep waiting for new things…

  • dannyjedi

    Xoom? What is a Xoom?

    • Headbanger51

      It’s that thing that’s overpriced and you can only get the only version worth buying in Europe.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    2 similar stories from 2 companies in 1 week that show just how fast this area is evolving and why the Xoom, Thunderbolt, Bionic and whatever else everyone is “currently” scrambling over will be yawners by the end of the year. I love it.

    I am in a holding pattern for buying tablets and phones for 6 months easy.

    • Mr. Joe

      Why even bother?

      I mean ok say we wait for Kal-El. We’ll see stuff in Aug. and then late 2011 for phones. Then in early 2012 we’ll have CES and MWC again. Where I’m sure we’ll see the successors to these. Then what’s the point in getting these devices with this stuff in it when the new stuff is coming?

      • Anonymous

        Because this really is the first round of Android tablets. They’re overpriced and locked into carriers. Hopefully they’ll learn the lesson of horrible sales by the time the next gen rolls out this summer.

      • Anonymous

        Because this really is the first round of Android tablets. They’re overpriced and locked into carriers. Hopefully they’ll learn the lesson of horrible sales by the time the next gen rolls out this summer.

    • Mr. Joe

      Why even bother?

      I mean ok say we wait for Kal-El. We’ll see stuff in Aug. and then late 2011 for phones. Then in early 2012 we’ll have CES and MWC again. Where I’m sure we’ll see the successors to these. Then what’s the point in getting these devices with this stuff in it when the new stuff is coming?

  • http://twitter.com/MBDOWNS Beamish

    Now we know why they want outrageous prices for the Xoom – it will obsolete in 6 months.

    Seriously, if August is a genuine date for release why would anyone consider buying a Dual Core tablet?

  • http://twitter.com/VideoGameMatt Matt

    Wow forget it i no longer want a xoom it’s gonna be outdate in less than a year

    • Mr. Joe

      Most tech is outdated in less then a year. Look at the Moto Droid. Was the number 1 Android device for a while. Then like two months later the Nexus came and took it.

      • http://twitter.com/MBDOWNS Beamish

        But the Nexus was not *FIVE TIMES* faster than the Droid.

        • Anonymous

          Nor will this “Kal-El”, nvidia always bullshits on the performance numbers. Real world performance will probably be twice what the Tegra 2 is as their Coremark graph even shows.

      • Kuba1313

        Nexus one is not really even better than the droid.

        Unless you are one of those people who think all mhz are equal

  • Parrotheadmjb

    Damn now I almost don’t want a xoom… I want a quad core tablet :(

  • tater87

    Nice

  • http://twitter.com/annduhroo Andrew LeMasters

    How does this compare to the Qualcomm processor though? We need to compare them!?

    • Anonymous

      Well, Qualcomm has nothing that can compare right now. Their quad-core isn’t expected to be out until late 2012. For comparison, we’ll have to look at Project Wayne which is NVIDIA’s 2012 processor.

      This will be in devices before the end of this year.

      • http://twitter.com/annduhroo Andrew LeMasters

        And so the waiting game begins. Hopefully they shove these NVIDIA processors in HTC devices *fingers crossed*.

  • Viper76269

    lol are they trying to get a patern of superhero’s for the names of their chips?

    • akrish

      superman, batman, wolverine, ironman….im in

      • Viper76269

        where did you get Klark Kent out of that? i think they might use Kent later. Superman is a pretty awesome hero

        • http://twitter.com/annduhroo Andrew LeMasters

          Kal-El IS Clark Kent. It’s his Krypton Name…

          • Viper76269

            and thats something i didn’t know. pretty awesome

          • http://www.facebook.com/Comineeyeaha Brian Walker

            really? I guess in my walled off world of all of my nerd friends I figured everybody knew that.

          • DBK

            How do you belong to a geek community and not know the basics? :)

          • http://twitter.com/cheese cheese

            its also Nicolas Cage’s son’s name. haha

        • Mrwest45

          umm because Kal-El is superman

        • DBEvans

          Before Clark Kent was raised as a Kent, he was Kal-El (his Kryptonian name)

        • Guest

          Google Kal-El.

          Momma and Poppa Kent weren’t the first ones to name Superman =P