May 30, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
NVIDIA is incredibly aggressive on its plans to support Android devices with quad-core processors. Already the first to release a dual-core processor, NVIDIA aims to have a quad-core Android tablet by the end of the summer, and do the same for phones by Christmas.
An upcoming game known as Glowball illustrates the power of Project Kal-El, the quad-core CPU NVIDIA is developing. The game concept shows how dynamic lighting, better physics calculations, and faster processing make for an overall better gaming experience. In a new demo video showcasing the powerful 3D environments that Kal-El can support, NVIDIA shows the difference that two extra cores can make.
Now, I’m not the type of person to tell people “Wait until…” because you’re likely to be in a perpetual state of waiting since Android phones and tablets get upgraded so fast. Here we are only a few weeks away from seeing the third Android Honeycomb tablet with NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core, and NVIDIA is already talking about quad-core months later. However, if you’re the patient type, the promise of more realistic and rapid game rendering may be enough to make you wait on the release of Kal-El-powered Android tablets.
So will you wait around for Kal-El? I’m already plenty satisfied with what the dual-core Tegra 2 offers the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 games, so it’s tough to consider upgrading so soon. That was the potential problem that first crossed our mind when NVIDIA announced that it planned to update its new superhero-themed processors each year. As crazy as that strategy seemed, NVIDIA assured us that there is a value in being first and constantly innovating to push the limits of what Android can do. I’m not very patient, but this demo video showcases just how much NVIDIA’s ambition could pay off for people who buy Android tablets.