NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor still catches headlines when it’s used to power smartphones and tablets, however the company are doing a great job of building anticipation for its successor, codenamed Kal-El, too. The quad-core Tegra 3 was discussed during MWC, when it was revealed the processor would be twice as powerful as the Tegra 2.
But what does that look like? NVIDIA wanted to show us the difference between the two processors, and have come up with the demo below. Called Glowball and running on an Android Honeycomb tablet, it’s a mini-game where an accelerometer-controlled ball is rolled around a circus ring, with the player having to open jack-in-the-boxes in a certain order to progress.
The game though, isn’t what the demo is about, it’s the astonishing dynamic lighting effects! As the voice-over explains, it’s all generated in real-time, as are all the barrels you see dotted around, making the demo incredibly power hungry. If the lighting doesn’t impress you enough, just take a look at the curtains waving around as the tablet is moved or the ball passes through them – amazingly realistic!
To demonstrate how Glowball would run on a dual-core tablet, two of Kal-El’s cores are turned off and the change is dramatic! With everything you still see on screen needing to be rendered in real-time, the chip struggles to run it at 10fps. With the four-cores active once more, the spokesman cooly adds the retail version of Kal-El will be 25% faster still.
NVIDIA say Kal-El Tegra 3-powered devices are expected to hit the shelves before Christmas this year, and one of the very first could be Amazon’s rumoured Hollywood tablet. We can’t wait. In the meantime, check out the cool demo video: