Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Sep 2011 21:56 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Nvidia has released a few technical details of its upcoming 'Kal-El' Tegra processor, including a secret it's done well to keep under its hat thus far: it's a five-core, not four-core, chip." This fifth core is low-power, and can be used for remedial tasks. Clever, although, as the article notes, not new.
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Tsk
by Tuxie on Tue 20th Sep 2011 22:21 UTC
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2009-04-22

How quint...

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More cores =)
by viton on Tue 20th Sep 2011 23:24 UTC
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2005-08-09

I wonder how many "hidden" cores they have =)
Tegra2 contains 3 ARM cores(2xA9 + ARM7).
Dual core OMAP5 has 4 cores (2xA15 and 2xM4)

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RE: More cores =)
by zima on Wed 21st Sep 2011 00:16 UTC in reply to "More cores =)"
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2005-07-06

It is probably a bit hilarious with "smartphone Atom" from Intel. When the first version was announced, I saw a block diagram of it - showing:

a) some fairly standard radio module from a manufacturer specialising in this, most likely with the radio stack running on an ARM core.

b) a part mysteriously labelled ~"32bit RISC" in the "southbridge" of sorts, most likely coordinating the whole thing. ~"32 bit RISC" could mean just a fairly standard ARM core (why Intel would bother with anything else?)

So it's possible that this whole "push x86 everywhere" Intel contraption actually has more ARM cores than x86 ones ;) (which is possibly also the case even with an average PC - drive controllers, DSL "modem", monitor menu, ...)
Not central processing units per se... but still, would be a bit hilarious.

Edited 2011-09-21 00:30 UTC

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RE[2]: More cores =)
by tylerdurden on Wed 21st Sep 2011 22:08 UTC in reply to "RE: More cores =)"
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2009-03-17

That extrapolation is hilarious indeed... given you had no data whatsoever on the details of that atom design.

Edited 2011-09-21 22:09 UTC

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RE[3]: More cores =)
by zima on Tue 27th Sep 2011 23:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: More cores =)"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

probably ... most likely ... mysteriously ... ~ ... could mean ... possible ... would be
(some emphasis added)

Hm, my apologies, that was way too few hints - luckily, you were here, able to figure out on your own how it's not exactly a certain info...

(but also not far-fetched, not quite "no data whatsoever"; with stacks of radio modules typically running on some ARM - Intel outright buying out Infineon team providing also their radio chipsets wouldn't change that - strongly hinting to at least equal number of x86 and ARM cores ...also, ~"32bit RISC" label was curiously vague, on an Intel presentation slide)

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Screw tablets
by chmeee on Wed 21st Sep 2011 13:51 UTC
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2006-01-10

Screw tablets, I want this in my next laptop.

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RE: Screw tablets
by bnolsen on Wed 21st Sep 2011 21:22 UTC in reply to "Screw tablets"
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2006-01-06

I doubt that. It seems nvidia isn't doing very well in competing with other arm based manufacturers.

http://liliputing.com/2011/09/asus-eee-pad-transformer-2-with-nvidi...

Their 3d is worse than what's currently available. Not sure about their raw cpu. At least this one has neon (I think).

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RE[2]: Screw tablets
by Luminair on Wed 21st Sep 2011 21:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Screw tablets"
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2007-03-30

there is so much wrong with what you said. you need to study this.

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RE[2]: Screw tablets
by Carewolf on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 09:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Screw tablets"
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2005-09-08

No, but AMD could put a Nano-core their next desktop CPU, or Intel could put an Atom-core in their next desktop CPU. The hard part is OS support, but hardware-wise it is pretty simple.

Current desktop CPUs idle at 10-20W, the netbook CPUs uses 1-2W at full speed.

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