Quad-Core Mobile Chips Coming from Nvidia, Qualcomm

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.

For more, read the eWeek article: Nvidia, Qualcomm Promise Quad-Core Mobile Chips.

CIO Insight Staff
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