ARM chip designs have dominated the mobile space for the past few years with widely used solution coming out of Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. Intel is looking to break its way into the mobile market, and first performance numbers of its first “Medfield” chip have been leaked.
VR-Zone reports that Medfield, Intel’s first system on a chip design for vertically integrated mobile platforms, is in testing phases and leaked benchmarks fare favorably for the desktop processor company. Set to go up against offerings from Qualcomm, Nvidia, Texas Instruments, and more, Medfield will be just the second chip in the space built on the 32nm technology.
Few weeks ahead of the official launch, we now have first performance numbers of “Medfield Tablet Platform”. The actual development has an x86 processing core operating at 1.6GHz, 1GB LP-DDR2, WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Radio chip of unnamed manufacturer, 10.1″, 1280×800 resolution screen and eMMC/micro-SD card for removable storage.
In this setup, the Medfield clocked in a Caffeinemark 3 score of 10,500. This compares favorably to scores of 7,500, 8,000, and 8,500 from the Nvidia Tegra 2, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260, and Samsung Exynos respectively. Tegra 3 numbers aren’t currently available.
Potential issues arise with word that Medfield’s power consumption is higher than its rivals. Idle wattage purportedly currently sits at 2.6W (with a target of 2W), and load wattage clocks in at 3.6W (with a target of 2.6W).
Intel has promised a Medfield launch in “early 2012.”
Source: VR-Zone | Image: AnandTech