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Leak shows Intel Medfield blows past most ARM mobile chips

updated 05:50 pm EST, Tue December 27, 2011

Intel Medfield benchmarks leak

A new discovery Tuesday has shown that Intel's Medfield chip for smartphones and tablets could temporarily claim the performance lead when it ships. Benchmarks at VR-Zone of a 1.6GHz example of the new Atom had it reach a score of 10,500 in Caffeinemark 3, an Android test for Java. The best ARM chip in the test, the 1.2GHz Exynos from the Samsung Galaxy S II, scored 8,500 points and let Intel take a roughly 24 percent lead.

The chip is designed primarily for tablets and would have 1GB of low-power DDR2 memory, Bluetooth, FM radio, and Wi-Fi built-in. Intel's hardware is currently chewing more power than it's supposed to in its prototype phase but should use 2W when idle and 2.6W at peak. Intel's chip would consume roughly as much power as its more efficient current chips, but it would also include wireless and other components built-in.

The design was also using Android 3 where shipping hardware will likely carry Android 4.

Medfield is expected to ship sometime in the spring and will represent the first Intel-based platform that should reach truly mobile devices. It will provide the first alternative to ARM on Android and could lead to Windows 8 tablets that are as thin and long-lasting as their ARM counterparts, but without sacrificing the full desktop. Intel is widely seen as at risk of missing the shift to mobile as Android, the iPad, and iPhone could make ARM the definitive platform outside of traditional PCs.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bitwrangler

    Joined: Dec 1969


    vapor comparison

    Huh, a part that sucks too much power (king in the market segment that it's intended for) and is still half a year away and we're supposed to be awed by it's cpu punch? I'm sure plenty of other folks could trot out their over clocked (and over powered for "demo purposes") designs right now and lay claim to all manner of "speed titles". Not that I'm saying this isn't "interesting", simply that the hyperbole can definitely be turned down several notches.

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    same old same old

    new chip that's not shipping yet "faster" than ones that have been shipping for months. News at 11.

    And there's no mention of how much power it uses compared with, you know, the chips that it's faster than.

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969



    2.6 watts is still more than twice as much of the ARM CPU consumption, 2 watts in idle is unbearable for phone and tablet batteries. Intel is playing a game they can't win, no one is questioning Intel performance dominance in desktop CPU but x86 architecture can't match ARM efficiency.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It really blows, huh?

    When the user realize that the processor has hot flashes all the time and requires a cooling fan, they will realize the true meaning of _blows_ past...

    It really blows in more ways than one.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yep intel sucks...

    Apple should have stayed with the Power PC chipset.

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