NVIDIA’s released a new whitepaper detailing Kal-El and what they were able to achieve (and what OEMs and you as a user will be able to achieve because of it). Kal El implements a traditional quad-core system that also has a 5th low-power processor called the “Companion Core”.
The fifth core would mainly be used to achieve tasks in the background such as synching email, Facebook and Twitter, browsing the web and carrying out audio and video playback operations. The low-power fifth core leaves it up to the other 4 ARM Cortex A9 chips inside to handle the big stuff.
Not only does this help for multi-tasking, this also helps with battery life. When your device is off and your OS is synching stuff in the background, it’ll be doing it all on that companion core that only sips away at your battery life.
Kal-El will also have a 12 core GPU that is capable of running an operating system at “Extreme HD” which is 2560×1600 resolution. All of this combined is said to make Kal-El 5 times more powerful than Tegra 2 while using less battery than dual-core processors. In short, this thing will be flat-out awesome and we can’t wait to see what it can do inside tablets and (hopefully) phones. Be sure to check out the full whitepaper in detail over at NVIDIA’s site.