Just two weeks after receiving the first silicon back from the Fab, NVIDIA is already demonstrating their new 40nm quad core Cortex A9 SoC called Kal El.  They’ve abandoned Tegra2 3D which was what we had originally believed would be the next generation of mobile chip, which was a faster clocked Tegra2 capable of 3D support in favour of this new(ish) chip architecture.  The GPU is also upgraded, AnandTech saw the demo model manage a 50Mbps 1440p H.264 stream decoded and output to two screens simultaneously: a 2560 x 1600 30″ desktop PC monitor and a 1366 x 768 tablet display.  Not bad for a 2 week old chip, and good news for NVIDIA who are talking about this August for the release of Kal-El powered tablets.

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“If there’s any one takeaway from both CES and Mobile World Congress this year it’s that NVIDIA is unequivocally a player in the SoC space. With design wins from LG, Motorola and Samsung, NVIDIA may not have the entire market but it has enough of it to be taken seriously.”

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