After demonstrating the power of dual core computing for smartphones, both Nvidia and Qualcomm are ready to familiarise the world with the power of quad core computing for mobile devices.
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon APQ8064 platform will be quite similar to its prevailing dual and single core chipsets, and will have a four core Scorpion processor clocking speeds of up to 2.5 GHz. The new platform will also have the next generation Adreno 305 graphics engine, a quad core display processor.
Nvidia‘s Kal-El (the name of Superman on Krypton) Tegra mobile platform, on the other hand, is slightly different from Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon because instead of the quad core display engine, Kal-El will use a 12 core graphics engine along with a four core mainstream processor.
Processors with multiple cores have enabled mobile devices to replace mainstream computers for many people. With the new chipsets, companies are looking at drastic improvement in processing, and the addition of numerous features such as HD video playback, recording, more efficient internet browsing, realistic 3D gaming and more. Keeping energy barriers in mind, both platforms, despite being performance savvy, will help reduce power consumption by up to 65 per cent.
Both companies expect that their new processor will be implemented in mobile devices by mid 2012.