Code: Select all
In 2010, the second-generation Atom known as Moorestown will debut. This time around, Intel focused on reducing idle power, and the new chip set is just as good as an ARM-compatible processor at doing nothing.
Unfortunately, Moorestown needs about 1.4 W to actually run applications. The new Atom also requires two or even three chips to match the feature set of today’s smart-phone processors. It is too hot and bulky for most smart-phone designs, but it will be used in larger devices such as mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and tablet computers.
Intel’s progress shows that the x86 instruction set is less of a problem than previously thought. Moorestown’s power is high, but its performance is higher than that of most mobile processors. As other vendors strain to match Atom using dual-CPU ARM designs running at 1.0 GHz or faster, their designs are exceeding 1.0 W, approaching the power level of Moorestown. Thus, at this extreme level of performance, ARM-based processors and Atom seem to require similar power.
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests