Nvidia and Qualcomm are looking to bring quad-core processors to the mobile world.
Nvidia officials at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona not only demonstrated its upcoming "Kal-El" chip, which couples the four computing cores with a new 12-core GeForce GPU, but also laid out a roadmap through 2014 that will offer almost 100 times the processing power of the current dual-core Tegra 2.
Nvidia's announcement came a day after unveiled "Krait," the next chip in the Snapdragon portfolio that officials said will offer speeds of up to 2.5GHz, one-, two- and four-core versions, and 150 percent more performance than current CPU cores based on designs from ARM Holdings. It also will offer up to 65 percent lower power, they said.
"Just as the original Snapdragon revolutionized smartphones with the first 1GHz processor, these new generations of Snapdragon will revolutionize the next wave of mobile entertainment and computing," Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president and group president for Qualcomm, said in a statement.
The announcements come a year after Nvidia released its highly successful dual-core Tegra 2 chipset for mobile phones. Kal-El (Superman's name on his home planet of Krypton -- future generations also will have super hero-related nicknames) and its four cores are aimed at a wide variety of handheld devices, as well as tablet PCs. The new chip will enable Web browsing two times faster than the current dual-core Tegra 2, with triple the graphics performance, according to the company.