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Friday, 09 September 2011 14:57

Nvidia's roadmap shows two more SoC Tegra chips

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Nvidia Kal-El+ and Grey
The guys from Heise.de managed to get their hands on an updated Nvidia roadmap shown during the Citi Technology Conference that has two new SoC chips that weren't there before, the Kal-El+ and Grey.

Although the precise details regarding these two chips are still unknown, there has been quite a few good educated guesses. Since Nvidia plans to get a piece of notebook space once Windows 8 comes out it is logical to assume that Kal-El+ might just be a chip for it. The Kal-El+ is scheduled to show up sometimes in mid-2012 and be a chip that should hold Tegra afloat 'till Wayne arrives, sometimes in the end of 2012.

The second new chip is the Grey, a Tegra+Icera SoC chip that, according to the roadmap, targets mostly smartphone market. It will most likely be made using 28nm manufacturing process and will feature 2G/3G/4G communication capabilities, something that Tegra has been lacking. Of course, Grey SoC comes in 2013, and could end up to be a cut down version of the Wayne chip in order to accommodate the cheaper smartphone market.

You can find more here.

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+5 #1 eddman 2011-09-11 21:13
I guess Kal-El+ would be 28nm, probably with a better GPU. The 40nm Kal-El doesn't seem to be suitable for phones.
It'd be an interesting competition, quad-core A9 kal-el+ vs. Dual-core krait snapdragon. IMO it's down to phone makers to take full advantage of all 4 cores. If they don't, then snapdragon would win easily.
 
 
+1 #2 JEskandari 2011-09-12 00:02
I wonder if 28nm won't allow Kal-El+ to clock far more than Kal-El .

if it's true that a 4 core Kal-El have a power usage Equal to a 2 core Tegra 2 I
wonder if they can't clock a 28nm version of it high enough to compete with a cortex-A15
or make it's GPU part far more powerful compared to the other competition after
all right now mobile world is all about gaming and how you can stretch the limits
there and every body know that game is all GPU part .
 
 
0 #3 neo222 2011-09-12 03:22
Why is Logan missing in the Road map :o
 
 
0 #4 eddman 2011-09-12 07:40
Quoting neo222:
Why is Logan missing in the Road map :o

They probably pushed it to 2014.
 
 
-32 #5 dan 2011-09-12 10:41
Kal-El+ is because Kal-El is a bad design on 40nm - that is, hot, slow, power hungry (and of course it will be late).

By the time this 'mid life kicker' shows up Krait will have destroyed the crappy market share Nvidia already has.
 
 
+1 #6 HPC Master 2011-09-20 20:34
Quoting dan:
Kal-El+ is because Kal-El is a bad design on 40nm - that is, hot, slow, power hungry (and of course it will be late).

By the time this 'mid life kicker' shows up Krait will have destroyed the crappy market share Nvidia already has.


Mr. Misinformed aka "DAN-i-boy" wake-up, YOU totaly wrong: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/09/tegra-3-5-cores/

NVIDIA reveals how it has designed a quad-core chip, with a 5th low power “companion core” to achieve this seemingly impossible goal. NVIDIA has optimized its new chip to excel at high-performance and low power!!!
 

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