NVIDIA sure knows how to tantalize its geek audience with the code names for its Tegra chips.
Back in February, we've seen the company revealing its upcoming roadmap of quad-core Tegra chips. What got us interested was the code names for its lineup, which includes Superman's Kryptonian name, Kal-El and notable superheroes such as Logan, otherwise known as Wolverine.
While the details were scarce at that time, the folks from Heise.de got their hands on a more detailed roadmap during the Citi Technology Conference. Sometime in 2012, an update to the Kal-El quad-core processors should be available, covering the tablets and superphones category.
Meanwhile, more familiar names such as Wayne (presumably related to Batman) and Grey (from Marvel's X-Men series) are slated for a late 2012 to early 2013 release. Both SoC chips are also targeted at specific categories, the former taking over the tablets and superphones portfolio from Kal-El+ while Grey tackles the smartphone arena at a lower price point.
Interestingly, the roadmap also shows some of the operating systems that will be tied to the Tegra roadmap. Google's Android is a given member, with the slew of Android Honeycomb tablets powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processors.
Microsoft is also an expected partner, considering how the Redmond-based company will be going all out to load Windows 8 on notebooks and perhaps even tablets, while it plans to bolster the Windows Phone lineup with more capable hardware.