A supposed collection of “multiple” sources have confirmed that the very first NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core processor toting tablet will be a next-generation Asus device, very possibly called the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2. The Kal-El chipset is an object of some discussion of late on when the quad-core chipset would be released, be it Q3 of 2011, Q4, or beyond. What we’re to understand today is that the SoC will be at least a month out from now and that it’ll be coming into play on the Asus Transformer 2.
The original Asus Transformer is held in high esteem in the developer community as being one of the best all-round dual-core Android tablets on the market at the moment, being thing, powerful, and unique in shape. It’ll be getting a whole heck of a lot more popular in a second-gen device should it be the first tablet off the line with NVIDIA’s most powerful processor yet. NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun Huang noted in NVIDIA’s last big conference call that the SoC would indeed consume less power than the current dual-core processor being shipped, the NVIDIA Tegra 2, and that this is the case “across the board in just about any work scenario.”
We’ve got a full review of the original Asus Eee Pad Transformer for you to take a look at and we’re also anxiously awaiting our first review-type look at the Asus Eee Pad Slider, a device which also features a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. Smaller processor fabrication at 40nm for these new Kal-El SoCs should lower heat output at the same time it increases performance. All this and more as it’s very likely that the first quad-core tablet will also be running Android Ice Cream Sandwich for the ultimate tasty treat combo.