Intel’s New “Medfield” Atom Z2460 Chip Makes Smartphones “Fastest Ever”!
Recently, at CES in Las Vegas, Intel announced to make its first ever mobile phone deals and Lenovo would be the first company to sell a device, K800 in China, equipped with Intel’s new Medfield Atom Z2460 chip. Moreover, Motorola had signed a long term contract with the company releasing its new breed of Intel’s powered phones in second half of 2012.
The results of benchmarking test on new “Medfield” Atom Z2460 chip endorse the Intel’s claims for their highly improved technology. Intel also claims that the phones powered by their new Atom chips would also have more battery life as these chips have only one ‘core’, while other phone use twin or even quadcore processors.
Anandtech notes the specs of Intel’s Atom Z2460;
Since I know the measurements of the package I could estimate the dimensions of the silicon itself. My math worked out to be around 62mm^2. That’s larger than a Tegra 2-class SoC, but smaller than Tegra 3 or Apple’s A5. The diagram of its high level architecture above helps explain why.
There’s only a single version of Medfield being announced today: the Intel Atom Z2460. The Z2460 features a single Atom core with a 512KB L2 cache, a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU and a dual-channel LPDDR2 memory interface. In a world where talking about four Cortex A9s and PowerVR SGX 544MP2s isn’t uncommon, Medfield starts out almost sounding a bit…tame. But then you see its performance:
Dave Whalen, vice-president of Intel’s architecture group, proudly expressed;
“We don’t frankly see the need for dual core. Our single core with hyperthreading allows simultaneous applications – so we get much greater power efficiency. We believe we are at par if not better than our competitors.”
Intel has been showing its interest to step into highly profitable smartphone market; the company was first going to launch an LG phone with Intel’s processor but unfortunately the deal was terminated. Last week, however, it highlighted its commitment to the new form factor by disclosing that it is negotiating with Apple for using their new Atom chips for the iPhone, Also, next Windows Phone devices would come with Intel processors too.
” Intel appears to deliver better CPU performance than anything on the market, despite only having a single core. GPU (graphics processing unit) performance is still not as fast as what’s in the A5 but it’s competitive with much of the competition today, and I fully expect the dual-core version of Medfield to rectify this problem.”
On the other hand, Apple and Texas Instruments, have new faster processors those will be incorporated in new devices. However, Intel is also plans to boost up their processors’ performance with the release of a new processor codenamed “Clover Trail”.
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