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    Qualcomm Video Shows Their Older 2010 Mobile Chips are Better Than Intel's Atom

    Ouch! This video must really burn "ChipZilla's" rear-end! Qualcomm just released a video comparing their Mobile chips to Intel's newest Atom Mobile chip. Qualcomm's technology smokes Intel's stuff, but what is even more amazing is that Qualcomm is actually using their older 2010 chipsets for the comparison! Here's a quote with a few more details,

    The video compares usable performance in several areas, including gaming and simple web browsing ó scrolling and zooming. It seems the Snapdragon processor does it better than Intel Atom. Qualcomm also touts compatibility as among the main advantages of its platform. Some apps and games simply wonít work on Intelís platform.

    Now thatís not everything there is about the comparison. Qualcomm actually used an old phone ó a 2011 Sony Xperia Arc S with a circa 2010 Snapdragon S2.
    Share your thoughts on this revelation from the makers of the Snapdragon.

    Source: AndroidAuthority

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    There are compatibility differences, especially for gaming as it is x86 vs ARM.

    However, there was some things used unfairly... Like the Sony Xperia Arc S was running ICS and the Medfield phone was running Gingerbread (it's getting ICS later)! Along with comparing optimized apps to non-optimized apps. Even among ARM devices there are apps that are optimized for specific devices. Like a Tegra 3 game vs pretty much any other version of a game on another phone.

    Btw, the car game is actually playable on the Medfield! So they partly lied on that part... You can look at the early videos of the Medfield playing the exact same car game.

    The Medfield is actually a single core 1.3GHz ATOM (which still uses In Order Processing is actually about 5 years old architecture now), specially modified to be able to be about as power efficient as ARM for comparable performance. The 1.6GHz is a reference to the Burst Mode, which is a over clock as needed feature. Yields on tolerance proved better than expected though. So newer releases of the same model Medfield now offer Burst mode of 2GHz.

    The GMA is based on Imagination PowerVR SGX540, which you can compare to other ARM devices using the same GPU.

    Though, this Medfield is basically their mid-range offering... Starting early next year they will release two more models. A lower end SoC for more basic phones and a higher end dual core version that will also switch the GMA to one based on the SGX544 (meaning a pretty big bump in GPU performance).

    Basically, you can make comparison between Intel's Mobile ATOM and Nvidia's Tegra...

    First generation Moorestown was mainly proof of concept and never made it to a commercial device, ditto with the first Tegra.

    Medfield is now the second attempt and it finally got good enough to be sold commercially, but it's taking time to roll out and isn't top of the line offering. Ditto with the Tegra 2 that basically took nearly a year to get to commercial products and wasn't top of the line by the time it did get out.

    So it's okay if this generation doesn't do well as it's the third that will tell us whether Intel can be taken seriously in the mobile market and that won't be seen till 2014. The 22nm update to the ATOM will bring both Architectural and FAB advancements and will start rolling out in the second half of 2013. So keep a eye out for that to come out to see how Intel will really compare, much like it took Nvidia till Tegra 3 to be considered a really good choice.

    It would have been sooner but Intel didn't get serious on advancing the ATOM until very recently. The ATOM architecture hasn't been significantly changed in about 5 years, since it was first introduced. Unlike their higher end products that get a Tick-Tock advancement over a two year cycle.

    Main reason to keep a eye on the 3rd gen mobile though is because Intel will be bringing in their Ivy Bridge level technology to the ATOM. It will get the 22nm Tri-Gate Transistors with the 22nm FAB, the CPU will become Out Of Order Processing, they will offer up to quad cores finally, support of up to 8GB of RAM, ECC RAM support for single channel and dual channel non-ECC support as well. The GMA will go back to being based on Intel's own technology, based on the Ivy Bridge HD4000 but scaled down to about 1/4.

    So basically, it can be equivalent of ARM going straight from Cortex A8 to Cortex A15 in a single update.

    In the meantime, ARM for mobile is still better but the difference isn't as large as Qualcomm tried to suggest.



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