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Wednesday, 11 January 2012 10:26

Intel reveals Medfield specs, deals

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Lenovo and Motorola on board


Intel has shed more light on its upcoming 32nm Medfield architecture and by the look of things, we should see the first products in the first half of the year.

Lenovo and Motorola are the first manufacturers to embrace the new chips, while LG has been rumoured as a partner for a while now. Lenovo should introduce the K800, its first Intel-powered smartphone by mid-2012, while Motorola will launch its first products in the latter half of the year.

On the spec side, the new 32nm SoC, codenamed Penwell and branded Atom Z2460, seems like an interesting alternative to high end ARM parts. One of the main concerns for Medfield was power consumption, but Intel is now promising that the first 1.6GHz model should consume less than 800mW in the highest power consumption scenario. At 1.3GHz the chip should consume about 500mW, and at 600MHz some 175mW. The chip can downclock all the way to 100MHz, in which case it consumes just 50mW. Sounds impressive and the figures are much better than we were led to believe by previous leaks.

In terms of performance the chip should rival current high-end ARM solutions, but graphics performance does not seem too impressive. The chip features an SGX 540 graphics core, which is already slower than the latest incarnations of ARM’s Mali GPU, or for that matter the SGX 543MP used in Apple’s A5 processor. Details are quite vague at the moment, so we will have to wait for some benchmarks to see how it stacks up to the latest ARM parts.

Analysts expect Medfield parts to cost about $17 or $18 when they launch, which should put them on par with high-end ARM chips, say Nvidia’s Tegra 3.

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+4 #1 maroon1 2012-01-11 11:42
SGX 543MP is faster when operating at same clock speed.
However, SGX 543MP used by Apple A5 chip is clocked only at 200MHz

While, SGX 540 used by intel Medfield is clocked at 400MHz
http://images.anandtech.com/doci/5365/soc.png
 
 
+3 #2 dicobalt 2012-01-11 15:30
Motorola? That's interesting given that Motorola is owned by Google. Google also happens to be the company that makes Android. ARM's growth bubble is about to pop.
 
 
+1 #3 takethis 2012-01-12 03:51
i hope its performance would be just right to fuel the price war stage.
 
 
-1 #4 Skynet 2012-01-12 21:49
Quoting takethis:
i hope its performance would be just right to fuel the price war stage.


You really think a price war on something that costs less than $20 is going to help you much?
 
 
0 #5 takethis 2012-01-13 01:13
Quoting Skynet:
Quoting takethis:
i hope its performance would be just right to fuel the price war stage.


You really think a price war on something that costs less than $20 is going to help you much?

Google: Economics.
Next time u plan to insult someone and their lifestyle and/or likes, try doing a little research first so u don't look like an idiot. Pity da foo.
 
 
0 #6 Skynet 2012-01-13 18:54
Wow, someone doesn't like being corrected.

So you are defending that if the average cpu is around $15-20 and the average highend phone is around $800 that a price war on these chips will make any real meaningful difference to the price of the device? You must be really counting your pennies.
 

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