Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip will have five cores

Kal-El chips will offer better performance and lower power consumption than existing Tegra 2 processors

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Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip will have five cores A diagram showing the internal setup of a Nvidia Tegra 3 (Kal-El) processor. The chips should be in tablets by the end of the year
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  September 21, 2011

Nvidia recently released whitepapers that indicated its forthcoming Tegra 3 processors, codenamed Kal-El, will offer five cores. The whitepaper was released to highlight the benefits of multi-core architectures.

The whitepapers stated that better performance and lower power consumption are two of the key benefits of opting for a multi-core design.

Nvidia first introduced its Kal-El processors earlier in the year via demonstrations showing that its chips could generate fluid graphics when running demos such as Glowball, which feature real time physics and lighting effects.

The recently released whitepaper showed that the current Tegra 2 processor managed 13fps, 15fps and 13fps in Glowball, Lost Planet 2 and Da Vinci benchmark tests. In contrast a Kal-El chip managed figures of 35fps, 32fps and 30fps in the same tests - over twice as fast.

The same whitepaper also showed that Kal-El processors drew 14%, 61% and 34% less power than Tegra 2 processors when handling MP3 playback, HD video playback and gaming respectively.

Kal-El chips are expected to make their way into a number of tablets by the end of the year.

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