Sep 12 AT 10:38 AM Anthony Domanico 13 Comments

Leaked NVIDIA roadmap shows three new systems-on-a-chip for 2012/2013

The last Tegra roadmap from NVIDIA.

Though the quad-core, super-powerful Kal-El chip is not expected to launch in the first tablets for the next month or two, we’re already starting to see signs of the next three Kal-El successors pop up.

According to Germany-based Heise Online, NVIDIA will follow Kal-El with the release of Kal-El+ sometime in 2012, and then the Tegra system will break off into two business lines. Project Wayne will largely target the tablet and superphone market near the end of 2012, and Project Grey will focus on the more basic smartphone market.

Though no other details than their current naming scheme and estimated timetables were leaked, it is certainly worth noting that the folks at NVIDIA are already working at beefing up Kal-El chips, launching Kal-El+ chips in mid-2012.

Hopefully we’ll learn more about Kal-El+, Wayne, and Grey in the coming months. Until then, we’ll just keep hoping we can get our hands on some Kal-El packing tablets in October.

Via: Fudzilla


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  • keridel

    i love the naming structure.

    kal-el = superman
    wayne = Batman
    Grey = Phoenix (x-men)

    god bless the geeks!

    • Jes

      Haha WIN!

    • keridel

      hmm but which one is jesus and which is judas?

  • Jeff

    Kal-El = 1Ghz Quad core Cortex A9 SoC on 40nm process
    Kal-El+ = 1.2-1.5Ghz Quad core Cortex A9 SoC on 28nm process, faster GPU clocks
    Wayne = 1.5-2.5Ghz Native quad core Cortex A15 based SoC on 28nm process (I say native because the reference design for a Cortex A9 SoC from ARM is only dual core, unlike Cortex A15 where ARM is providing a quad core ARM variant for licensees to build off of).

  • mdes

    What about Jor-El ? it’s not mentioned in this road map !

    • keridel

      i think project wayne is the name of the whole set of superphone/tablet chips then individual names will come after that.

      so jor-el could still appear in the “wayne” project.

      does that make sense?

      • mdes

        Completely make sense.
        I’m disappointed though by this Kal-El/Kal-EL+ evolution.
        My guess is that NVidia’s initial plan was Kal-El only with with 28nm process, as the process didn’t get ready and they needed to launch a new product for the end of the year they came up with this 40nm under clocked version so they don’t lose market share.
        Too bad, i guess i’ll have to wait till 2012 to buy a tablet with the real Kal-El !

        • Lucian Armasu

          What do you mean underpowered? There’s no competition in sight for the quad core 1.5 Ghz Kal-el, Kal-el+ is just their mid-life kicker, just like Tegra 2 3D was supposed to be, but they cancelled it because Tegra 2 arrived so late in the market. Ka-El+ is no different than what the dual core 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon is to the dual core 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon. A mid-life kicker until the dual core 2.5 Ghz Krait arrives.

  • SliestDragon

    This will be awesome. Can’t wait to see hoe some of their new processor perform. Excited! :D