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NVIDIA Releases Two White Papers About Project Kal-El, Secret “5th Core” Revealed?

Two new NVIDIA white papers have been released this morning that dive deep into the world of project Kal-El, the world’s first quad-core processor.  The first paper focuses on the benefits of quad-core in a variety of cases including console-class gaming and the new 12-core GPU that produces 3x the graphics performance of this year’s Tegra 2 processor.  Other benefits would be faster pageload times in browsers, quick multi-tasking, better performance while using processor-heavy apps, and most importantly, overall lower power consumption without a drop in performance.

The second paper details an-almost secret “5th core” called the companion core, that allows your device to use much less power while in standby or using background tasks such as music, Facebook updates, and email syncing.  With this companion core, the main quad-core is essentially able to shut down completely, allowing your device to last much longer.

Both papers are great reads for anyone interested in learning all there is to know about this upcoming Kal-El chipset.

White papers:  Benefits of Quad-core | Multi-core CPUs: Low Power and High Performance 

  • babadush

    It says that Android can be THIS (CM7) if the coders at google knew what they were doing lol. When custom roms like CM7 run smoother than the original product that says volumes about the coders working for google

  • babadush

    * first quad-core mobile processor

  • Anonymous

    5th core for power saving. I’ll believe it when I see it. Dual cores were suppose to save on battery (looked good on paper)…well they don’t, they actually eat through battery faster in real world use.

  • Anonymous

    ,.. awesomee ..
    I just got a $827.89 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HTV for only $251.92, they are both coming tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.
    I use http://alturl.com/vuz3b

    • Anonymous

      You are an idiot for spamming, and an even bigger one for spamming about Apple on an Android website.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take a single core that works well

    • Adam Elghor

      well then you can leave droid-life

  • flame_cadet86

    Poor A*ple, how are they going to be able to keep up with this? I’m pretty sure that by the time they have their A6 (which I’m assuming is going to be a quad-core), NVIDIA or TI will have introduced an 8-core processor.  

    • TheAndroid1

      Diminishing Returns?
      Plus explain to me why some phones still lag with dual-core.  (Hint: Software)


      Why do people choose mac over pc even though you can get more power in a Windows Desktop.

      Some android users need to realize that specs only go so far.

      • Anonymous

        Only 5-10% of users chose Mac over Windows.  Hence Windows floating around 90% usage across the world…down from ~97% less than a decade ago.

      • pezjono

        Explain to me why I can make a PC, Mac, Android phone and tablet, iPhone and iPad all lag? Because I am capable of running more software than the hardware can handle. There is a balance between optimizing the hardware and the software and I will give it to Apple that they have the upper hand in this because they only have 2 (3 models tops) that they need to optimize for their software. On the other hand, you are stuck with those models and only 1 is current gen.

        All of this is to say, your example is null! It is not software or hardware, it is both!

        • TheAndroid1

          I have seen android phones boot and have lag just on their launcher. There are some phones that out of the box their launchers will lag, let along putting all of that other software on it.

          Just because manufacturers are trying to flood the market with phones doesn’t give them the right to have laggy phones filled with bugs not receiving updates.

          • pezjono

            Which dual core phone lags on stock boot up? We were talking about multi-core processors relating directly to “snappiness” and now you are talking about something else? Yes, there are some Android phones that blow, but the truth of the matter is you have options. You can get a phone like a Nexus that is blazing fast without any custom overlay or you can get one that might sacrifice some speed for a custom interface. Options.
            Troll moar?

    • Anonymous

      The thing is that apple even with an 800mhz processor still runs smoother than dual core androids. Google needs to code their os better and get hardware acceleration. It doesn’t matter how many cores it has if it still isn’t as smooth as other os’s.

      • That is why we have CM7.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah well needing to use a custom rom just to get a dual core to run smooth still doesn’t say much about android and the OEM’s. The phone should be lag free out of the box. That is where the iphone and wp7 has android beat and the one area google needs to work on.

  • GJB

    Is the companion core weighted?

    • PyroHoltz

      You just….

      won the internets

      well done!

    • You beat me too it, my phone went out of service and I could not post it, mine would have looked something like this:

      Is the companion core related to the companion cube. Please do not make me incinerate it, I want it to come to my party.

    • EC8CH

      Yes, and after you buy a Kal-El device, there will be cake.

    • Adam Elghor


  • jbonics

    Cant I just add the quad-core to my D2 with some simple tinkering. Just sell me the cores.

  • Anonymous

    The OMAP4 similarly uses two M3s for power efficiency when the CPUs aren’t being taxed.

  • bobthebuilder

    This is a triumph

    • Inviso

      I’m making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS

      • Anonymous

        It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction

        • pezjono

          Aperture Science:We do what we must because we can.

          • Lets build a portal gun while researching shower curtains for the military! 

  • Riky
  • Anonymous

    I’m waiting on Octo-core units….quad core is so yesterday!

  • shdowman

    Seems we all caught the same line.

    world’s first “mobile” quad-core processor.

    • Anonymous

      that’s ALSO false. it’s the first ARM quad core. Unless Intel is lying about their mobile i7’s yours isn’t any better.

      • shdowman

        DAMMIT!! Smacks forehead and goes back to corner.

  • Well, this sounds awesome. Seems (at the moment) CES ’12 Android will be a fight between x86 Intel processors and NVidia Kal-El, with OMAP not far behind.

    However, if I see ANY manufacturer releasing/announcing ANY phone (or even worse, tablet) with Gingerbread at CES ’12, I’m gonna rage.

  • Rob Meyer

    T-Pain  It aint harrrddcoooreee, unless its PENTA-core……

  • Anonymous

    “that dive deep into the world of project Kal-El, the world’s first quad-core processor.”

    Not even close. Really should say ARM processor. 

  • Ryan

    first quad core mobile processor.

  • Jarred Sutherland

    I love cores, the more the better, as long as the battery isn’t complete trash.

    However, I am thinking I will wait until next year before purchasing any tablet, just to see what shakes out.

  • Anonymous

    the world’s first mobile quad-core processor