Nvidia's CEO boasted about the power frugality of an upcoming
quad-core chip during the company's fiscal second quarter earnings
Q & A session.
Nvidia swung to better-than-expected earnings in the fiscal second
quarter ended July 31. The company reported a profit of $151.6
million compared with a loss of $141 million in the year-earlier
period. Revenue surged 25 percent to $1.02 billion.
Responding to an analyst's question during the earnings conference
call, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said the upcoming Kal-El processor--likely
the first mainstream quad-core ARM chip--will actually offer better
power efficiency than the company's dual-core Tegra 2, currently
used in tablets from Motorola, Samsung, Toshiba, Acer, and others.
Those tablets are based on Google's Android operating system.
"Kal-El is so much better performance than Tegra 2. And so much
lower power. Very few people have internalized that Kal-El is lower
power in every use case compared to Tegra 2," Huang said. Kal-El is
due later this year.
But Nvidia's future is not all pegged on Android. Its quad-core chip
is also targeted at Windows 8 tablets and laptops. "We're very
bullish on Windows 8 for the second half of next year," he said.