When NVIDIA announced that its latest chip was working under the codename of “Kal-El” before it became the Tegra 3, it was something to chuckle about as its the birth name of Superman on his home planet of Krypton. While it was a cute nod, I don’t think anyone thought it was going to be a running gag for the company, but the chart released above by the company during its press briefing tells us otherwise.
As we can see, it appears that NVIDIA is going to be doing one major release per year through 2014, and while we don’t know much about how each chip will differ from the previous one, it definitely appears that someone at the company is a comic book fan.
Coming in 2012 will be “Wayne“, which is an innocuous enough name, but when you add it in with the other names they are planning to use, it becomes obvious that this is a hat tip to Bruce Wayne, the man behind the Batman mask.
In what could possibly be the geekiest of the names they’ve used, or plan to use, it has to be “Logan.” For die-hard comic book fans they’ll know that’s the real name of Wolverine from the X-Men. Adamantium claws will probably not be included with this one.
Rounding out the upcoming chips is “Stark.” No, it isn’t a reference to some stark vision of the future, but instead a nod to Tony Stark/Iron Man. Perhaps it’s fitting to name a chip from three years in the future after a character who is viewed as a futurist and a visionary.
As there could be legal issues releasing chips under these names they are sure to remain in the realm of code names, but a comic book geek can dream of the day he fires up a tablet running on the Bizzarro chip, can’t he?