Intel Medfield Architecture for Smartphones Seen as Posing Tough Competition to Others

January 16, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Hope you remember our report on Intel CEO Paul Ottinelli’s announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas about the company’s plan to push a new smartphone reference architecture to revolutionize the smartphone market.

Early reviews of the chip architecture from Intel, dubbed Medfield, point that the new entrant will push back its existing competitors behind with its performance.

Though the truth is only known to officials at Intel and Lenovo, as the first phone with the Medfield truth, Lenovo K800 sporting an Atom Z2460 chip will be out soon and Motorola has inked a deal with Intel to use its new chip in their phone.

What could have spurred these companies to opt for the Intel chip? Not just the big name Intel, say  the tests done on these processors.

For example, when the performance of the new architecture was compared with that of the existing phones, it was found to belong to top order.

Sunspider JavaScript benchmark, a tool developed by the WebKit to measure the performance of the browsers in running JavaScript tasks, found the new chip bagging first place above Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Droid and iPhone 4S.

On the power consumption side also, it turned out to be top order. It was found to be pushing behind iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II in its standby power consumption.

Though a complete profile of its performance, not in technological parlance but in usability, can be listed only after its popular release, it should be noted that the present performance is achieved by the single core version.

That means when Intel rolls out its dual core siblings and others, the existing major players will have a tough time ahead.

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