We first brought you news of NVIDIA's superhero-esque Kal-El processor back
in February. Now, NVIDIA is showcasing some demo footage of what this new
mobile processor can actually achieve.
Kal-El is powerful
enough to allow
real-time dynamic lighting in mobile games and applications which is
something that today's mobile GPUs either struggle with or simply are not capable
The "Glowball" demo [YouTube
video] shows a ball rolling through a room casting light over all of the objects
in the room. Real-time physics are on display, which are made possible by using
Kal-El's four processing cores. The
person running the demo showed that running with two cores disabled, but it's
is nearly unplayable in that configuration.
If "Glowball" is an indication of where future
smartphone and tablet games are headed with regards to art direction and real-time
effects, it appears that we are in good hands with the new hardware that is
coming out this fall. Just as we saw with games like Infinity
Blade which push current dual-core tablet hardware to the max, Kal-El will once again raise the bar for
For those that are keeping score, Kal-El features four CPU cores and 12 GPU cores. It will have five
times the performance and lower power consumption than Tegra 2 (which is used
in today's Honeycomb
quote: Why would you develop a game that max-out Kal-El performance if you have only a 3-5 million user market?